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Press Release OVEC Jan 14, 2016
Shale and Pipelines: What the Frack is Going On in Putnam County?
Our neighbors up north have experienced an assault on their land, air, water, health and way of life with the rapid rise and expansion of unconventional deep shale oil and gas drilling, waste disposal and associated infrastructure. Come meet your neighbors and discuss these issues.More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shalePipelinesRogersville Shale
July 16: Freedom Industries tank farm demolition underway.
Press Release OVEC Jan 8, 2016
Opportunity to Interview residents that were, and still are, impacted by the chemical spill two years ago.
Contact: Bill Price, bill.price@sierraclub.org, 304-389-8822 Concerned Families, Impacted Residents Gather to Observe Second Anniversary of West Virginia Chemical Spill at Exact Time Spill was Finally Reported Chemical used in coal processing poisoned water for 300,000 WV residents Charleston, WV—This Saturday, concerned families and impacted residents will gather to mark the second anniversary of a chemical spill on Elk River, just two miles above the water treatment plant near Charleston, which contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 residents in central and southern West Virginia. Communities in coal mining areas are faced with the dangers of water pollution from coal mining every day. This spill pulled back the curtain on the coal industry's widespread and risky use of dangerous chemicals, and serves as an important reminder that coal-related pollution poses a serious danger to nearby communities. A group of locally impacted residents will be available for questions at the site of the spill, at the exact time that the tragedy occurred two years ago. Though the tanks are gone from the site, the effects remain. What: Opportunity to Interview residents that were, and still are, impacted by the chemical spill two years ago. Where: Scene of the spill, Freedom Industries 1015 Barlow Dr., Charleston, WV 25311 When: 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016 (the spill was reported to the hotline at 12:05 p.m. two years ago) Who: Kate Flack, Charleston resident, new mother Diane Strickland, owner of Sugar and Spice Bakery in Charleston and others Sponsored by Sierra Club, WV Rivers, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Advocates for a Safe Water System. ### More
Issues: MCHMWaterWV American Water
Press Release OVEC Jan 7, 2016
Report: Two Years After Elk River Chemical Spill, West Virginia American Water (WVAW) Unprepared to Deal With Another Major Crisis
Public Takeover of Charleston Area Water Supply Urged to Boost Accountability, Hold Down Rate Hikes, Reduce Disruptions & Promote More Infrastructure Investment.More
Issues: MCHMPollutionWaterWV American Water
Press Release OVEC Jan 7, 2016
Two years after Elk River chemical spill
Two years after Elk River chemical spill: report to show serious unresolved water issues remain in West VirginiaMore
Issues: MCHMPollutionWater
Fracking Rig
Press Release OVEC Dec 18, 2015
Groups Gather to Tackle Gas Concerns
West Virginians facing crucial quality of life issues with the onslaught of the deep shale oil and gas industry are banding together for the sake of their communities.More
Issues: FrackingHealthMarcellus shalePipelinesRogersville Shale
Press Release OVEC Nov 30, 2015
West Virginia Groups Oppose Morrisey’s Attack on the Clean Power Plan
Citing numerous health studies plaintiffs insist the need for CPP is now.More
Issues: CoalEnergyMountaintop removalPollution
Press Release Dianne Bady Nov 24, 2015
WV Groups Seek to End Water Pollution at Shuttered Mines
Environmental groups including Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Sierra Club initiated legal action today to stop pollution from three valley fills at the site of the now “reclaimed” White Flame mountaintop removal mine.More
Issues: Mountaintop removalPollutionValley fill
Press Release Robin Nov 23, 2015
Media Advisory: #GivingTuesday: OVEC’s Night at the Kanawha Forest Exposition
Volunteers and staff of the Huntington-based Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition will be on hand to meet with visitors to the 247 Capitol St. storefront space that evening. They’ll explain the group’s work to those interested.More
Issues: Mountaintop removalWater
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Press Release OVEC Nov 18, 2015
Media Advisory: OVEC’s Treehuggers’ Ball Back – Dec. 4, VClub, Huntington, WV
Presented and organized by the Board of Directors of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition; musicians and bands will include Karen Scalf, the Shadowshaker Band, Big Rock and the Candy Ass Mountain Boys, Moonshine Crossing and Of The Dell.More
Issues: Music
Mountaintop removal in southern West Virginia. Photo taken Oct. 30, 2005.
Press Release OVEC Nov 17, 2015
Coal-Mac Mine Complex Destroying Pine Creek Watershed
Local citizen and clean water groups filed suit today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia over widespread water pollution from Coal-Mac, Inc.’s sprawling surface coal mining complex in Logan County, West Virginia.More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalPollutionWater
Press Release OVEC Nov 9, 2015
OVEC Movie Night Features Film on Grassroots Victory Over Proposed Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline
With deep, unconventional Rogersville Shale oil and gas fracking and at least seven major proposed pipelines posing new threats to water, air and soil quality in West Virginia, a local grassroots groups wants to remind people that they can protect their communities with organized resistance.More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shalePipelines
Press Release OVEC Nov 8, 2015
Mayoral Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks OVEC’s New Presence in Old Central City
On November 7, members and supporters of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition gathered to celebrate the group’s new and remodeled office space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, office tours, live music and refreshments.More
Issues: Mountaintop removal
Press Release OVEC Sep 23, 2015
Discussion of Pope Francis’ Letter Open to the Public
The public is invited to join a discussion of the letter from Pope Francis to all people, "Laudato SI: On Care for Our Common Home." Free and open to all, the series is sponsored by a collection of local faith groups and climate activists.More
Issues: FaithMountaintop removalPollution
Press Release OVEC Sep 22, 2015
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Threatened Bat From Two West Virginia Coal Mines
The Center for Biological Diversity, Coal River Mountain Watch, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and the Sierra Club filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for their failure to protect threatened northern long-eared bats at two proposed mountaintop-removal coal mines in West Virginia.More
Issues: Mountaintop removal
Press Release OVEC Aug 20, 2015
Groups Act to Stop Coal Mining Pollution in West Virginia Waterways
Today, environmental and citizen groups in West Virginia filed suit against Pritchard Mining Company for violating Clean Water Act protections at its Fourmile Surface Mine in Boone and Kanawah Counties. More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalPollutionWater
Press Release OVEC Aug 18, 2015
Celebrating the Ground Beneath Our Hearts
If solastagia is getting to you, you are not alone, and you are invited to join in an international event to do something about it. Solastalgia is the pain you feel when the place you live in and love is under assault. Although coined by Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, the meaning of the word resonates around the world for people whose homes have been irrevocably changed and damaged by industrial practices.More
Issues: Mountaintop removalPipelinesSocial justiceWater
Press Release OVEC Aug 13, 2015
Court Finds Fola Coal Violating Clean Water Act
Today, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia found that conductivity pollution from two mountaintop removal coal mines owned by Fola Coal, a subsidiary of Consol Energy, violated key state and federal water quality protections. The mines, Fola Surface Mine No. 2 and Fola Surface Mine No. 6, are located in Nicholas and Clay counties and both dump mine waste into valley fills located in tributaries to Leatherwood Creek. More
Issues: Mountaintop removalPollutionWV American Water
Press Release OVEC Jul 14, 2015
Groups Highlight Failed Reclamation at Coal Mine
For the first time, environmental and citizen groups in West Virginia filed suit against a mine operator to enforce water quality certification protections. Mingo Logan Coal Company, the target of the suit, has failed to turn two diversion ditches (ditches that re-route streams destroyed by the mining) into functional streams at its Mountain Laurel Mine Complex in Logan County. More
Issues: CoalWater
Fracking Rig
Press Release OVEC Jun 7, 2015
Media Advisory: NOT Your Grandparents’ Oil & Gas Industry
NOT Your Grandparents’ Oil & Gas Industry: A Forum on Fracking — Is Unconventional Oil & Gas Drilling Coming to Wayne and Cabell Counties? ~ Free ~More
Issues: FrackingHealth
Pearl Award
Press Release OVEC Apr 14, 2015
WV-Based OVEC and SkyTruth to Receive Jean and Leslie Douglas Pearl Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. –— Two West Virginia-based groups will be among those receiving the Cornell Douglas Foundation’s second annual Jean and Leslie Douglas Pearl Awards at a 4 to 6 p.m. ceremony at the National Press Club on April 14.More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalWV American Water
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