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Hoots and Hollers OVEC Mar 10, 2017
Renew WV
What is our energy future? That’s the question addressed in Renew West Virginia, a new publication from OVEC. More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shalePipelinesRenewable energyRogersville ShaleWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Mar 10, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Wants to Hear from You on MTR and Human Health
The National Academy of Sciences study on mountaintop removal coal mining and human health is underway. They want to hear from you! Come out May 22-24 in Charleston.More
Issues: HealthMountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Mar 9, 2017
Our Moral Imperative is to Protect Water, Not Fossil Fuel Corporations
We believe that we have a moral imperative to resist fossil fuel foolishness! Big investments in the already growing renewable energy sector are desperately needed. Investors in solar and wind energy are seeing some higher profits on their investments than those investors still bankrolling fossil fuels.More
Issues: HealthMarcellus shalePipelinesPollutionRogersville ShaleWater
Hoots and Hollers Robin Mar 8, 2017
Huntington: What’s the Oil and Gas Industry Proposing for Our Area? Come Find Out!
We know you value your property rights, clean air and water, so please join OVEC at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at the Main Cabell County Library, 455 9th Street (corner of 5th Ave. and 9th St. in Huntington) for an informational meeting on the area’s proposed fracked-gas pipelines, as well as other oil and gas industry threats to our region.More
Issues: FrackingHealthPipelinesRogersville Shale
Hoots and Hollers Robin Mar 2, 2017
Coming Soon: Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline (MXP) DEIS Meetings
The public comment period is on for the DEIS on MXP, the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline and related compressor stations. Make your voice heard! Comment at upcoming meetings or in writing. More
Issues: FERCPipelinesWater
Hoots and Hollers Janet Feb 28, 2017
It Takes Water to Renew WV – Part 3
Read part 1 here, part 2 here. Another catastrophic event occurred less than a year later in West Virginia. In October, 2009, most of the fish and other aquatic life in the 28 mile length of Dunkard Creek were killed by a toxic bloom of golden algae spoiling the area for fishermen and picnickers. An EPA investigation […]More
Issues: MCHMWest VirginiaWV American Water
Hoots and Hollers Janet Feb 28, 2017
It Takes Water to Renew WV – Part 2
While some water quality issues have developed over decades, like those related to coal waste impoundments and underground injection of coal sludge, other incidents are the result of a sudden, catastrophic failure.More
Issues: PollutionWaterWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers Janet Feb 28, 2017
It Takes Water to Renew WV – Part 1
Take Action Now: WV House Set to Vote on Toxic Water Bill Tomorrow, 3/1. Call Your Delegate Now. Details in this blog, plus more on water.More
Issues: WaterWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers Janet Feb 24, 2017
Sobonya Supporting Cancer Creek Bill; Defend Clean Water, Come to Public Hearing Monday
How disappointing that Kelli Sobonya, Delegate from the 18th District (Cabell County), voted to increase cancer-causing chemicals and other toxins into our state’s water by voting for HB 2506 during a session of the House Judiciary Committee!  Isn’t being for clean, safe water a pro-life issue? The WV House has scheduled a public hearing on […]More
Issues: MCHMWaterWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Feb 15, 2017
Error 404: WVDEP NOT FOUND
For folks like me, who often have to access the WVDEP website's information, the last two weeks have been a struggle. When we try to use DEP’s online databases, we are greeted with an error message or an ironic image of a sad face. That’s because the DEP’s servers have stopped working and have been down all this time. More
Issues: accountablityCoalDEPminingMountaintop removalPermitsPollutionWest VirginiaWVDEP
Hoots and Hollers Vivian Feb 15, 2017
Oroville Dam Situation Dredges Up Worries Over Coal Sludge Dams
Climate change, unsafe dams, scofflaw coal companies and corporate-controlled government make for ongoing worry. More
Issues: Climate changeCoalDEPEPASludge Safety Project
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Feb 10, 2017
Shale Gas Pads Do Not Belong in Valleys (AKA Hollers)
A recent essay of mine described the Fracking Re-Invasion of Wetzel County,10 years after it began. When shale gas drilling started here in Wetzel County WV in 2007, it had already been causing problems for a few years right across the state line to the north, in Green and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. (12 years […]More
Issues: FrackingHealthMarcellus shalePollution
Hoots and Hollers Vivian Feb 10, 2017
Air, Noise, and Light Pollution and Fracking
In May 2014, Dr. Michael McCawley, of WVU’s School of Public Health submitted a study titled “Air, Noise, and Light Monitoring Results for Assessing Environmental Impacts of Horizontal Gas Well Drilling Operations (ETD‐10 Project)” to WV DEP’s Division of Air Quality.More
Issues: FrackingHealth
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Feb 10, 2017
The Other Side of Combating Climate Change
If we are to avert catastrophic climate change, not only do we need to ramp down greenhouse gas emissions extremely rapidly—we also need to sequester some of the excess carbon dioxide that’s already in our air.More
Issues: Climate change
Hoots and Hollers Robin Feb 9, 2017
Keeping FERC at Bay
We need to be vigilant, in making sure that the current political powers do not circumvent or rush approval of another chairman and/or of any pipeline proposals currently in the FERC review process.More
Issues: FERCFrackingPipelines
Hoots and Hollers Vivian Feb 1, 2017
We Need Your Help for the 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair May 20
The 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair happens Saturday, May 20 in Huntington's Central City. The call is on now for participants and volunteers. More
Issues: Renewable energySustainabilityTransition economy
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jan 31, 2017
40 Groups To WV DEP: Heed Community When Filling Environmental Advocate Position
40 groups have signed a letter to the new WV DEP chief about the firing and hiring of the agency's Environmental Advocate. More
Issues: DEPWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jan 28, 2017
Public Hearings to Comment on DEIS on Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Public meetings on theACP DEIS are scheduled for March 1 in Elkins, WV and March 2 in Marlinton, WV, with a comment deadline of April 6. Details on those meetings, as well as meetings in other states are here.More
Issues: FrackingPipelines
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jan 28, 2017
Mountain Valley Pipeline Public Hearing Information
DEP's Division of Water and Waste Management will hold public hearings regarding the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline project for State 401 Water Quality Certification, Natural Streams Preservation Act Permit, and for Oil and Gas General Water Pollution Control Permit.More
Issues: FrackingPipelinesWater
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