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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
Action Alert Vivian Feb 2, 2017
Fight the Madness: Go Solar, Meet Up, Make Calls for Clean Water Right Now
Yesterday: House GOP dismantles Obama regulation protecting streams from coal mining debris. Senate Expected to Follow. Take Action!: Senate vote should be mid-morning today! Call now to tell your Senators not to gamble with America's clean water! Better yet, call your Senators and tell them to not gut the Stream Protection Rule.More
Issues: CoalPollutionRenewable energyWater
Press Release OVEC Jan 5, 2017
Fourth Circuit Court Affirms Clean Water Act Protections for West Virginia Families
Ruling Finds State Failed to Hold Coal Industry Accountable for Water Pollution, at Expense of Environment and CommunitiesMore
Issues: CoalPollutionWater
Hoots and Hollers Janet Dec 12, 2016
Remembering Ken Hechler: Champion of the People
Ken Hechler, RIP. Union supporter, environmentalist, statesman, writer, historian, teacher, husband, father and add one more label—civil rights activist. Dear Ken, we know that you, of all people, have earned your eternal rest. Well done. You will be sorely missed.More
Issues: Black lungCoalMine safetyMountaintop removalRacial inequalitySocial justiceWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Dec 3, 2016
Blood on the Mountain Documentary Screens in LA, NYC, Houston, and DC Theaters
Congratulations to Mari-Lynn Evans and Jordan Freeman on the theatrical release and the great reviews of their documentary, Blood on the Mountain. If you know anyone in D.C., their chance to see it is coming up.More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalSocial justiceWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers Frank Grant Oct 25, 2016
Blankenship’s Manifesto Misses Mark
Blankenship's missive misses mark... Did you get a copy of Don Blankenship's self-published-from-prison manifesto? I did... More
Issues: CoalMine safety
Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik Oct 7, 2016
Larry Gibson’s Fight to Save the Mountains of Appalachia
Sadly, Larry passed away in September of 2012, but his activism lives on. He has educated millions of people both nationally and internationally on this issue. They now take up his cause. While we cannot all be heroes like Larry, we can conserve electricity. Every time you turn off that light or crank down that thermostat, you help keep a mountain in tact a little while longer and honor the memory of Larry Gibson, the Keeper of the Mountain.More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Sep 26, 2016
WV AG Doesn’t Speak For Me
My name is Mary Wildfire and I live near Spencer, West Virginia. I’m here to say that when our Attorney General joined the suit against the Clean Power Plan, he did not speak for me, or most West Virginians. The Clean Power Plan is a sensible start to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that threaten the future in West Virginia and everywhere else.More
Issues: Climate changeCoalEnergyRenewable energy
Hoots and Hollers Frank Grant Sep 14, 2016
Review: The Price Of Justice by Lawrence Leamer
Leamer's book has it all: murder of ideals, people (some would say), graft, greed, toxic liaisons, courtroom drama, cruelty, disregard of the spirit of the law, poor boy makes good... What is the price of justice in West Virginia? Does only a coal baron know?More
Issues: CoalWest Virginia
Press Release OVEC Aug 19, 2016
Environmental Groups Secure Settlement from Coal Mine Owner to Restore Mining Sites Across West Virginia
The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, announced a $6 million stream restoration and reforestation settlement today with the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund (VCLF). More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalReclamation
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Aug 9, 2016
Write Your Letter to Don Blankenship Before His Prison Term is Up
Ann Bybee-Finley, a native West Virginian, from Hurricane, started the letter-writing campaign. The goal is to send Don Blankenship one letter each day of his one year sentence. The campaign has collected about 155 letters so far. Write your letter now.More
Issues: CoalMine safety
Press Release OVEC Jul 1, 2016
Groups Secure Settlement Requiring Alpha Natural Resources to Fund Community Restoration Projects
Agreement modifies existing water treatment settlement and resolves the groups’ objections in Alpha’s bankruptcyMore
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalReclamationSocial justice
Action Alert Vivian Apr 14, 2016
April Actions Bring Satisfactions – Take Part!
Support Our Work: Donate Recent Alerts View this alert online   Double Your Impact: Donate for Our Challenge Grant If you read our action alerts, then you know we don’t often ask for donations, but we do actually alert you to actions you can take to make a difference for the water, air, land, and our […]More
Issues: CoalFrackingMountaintop removalSocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Vivian Mar 30, 2016
Consultant Sought for Energy and Natural Resources Working Group of AFN
The newly established Energy and Natural Resources Working Group (ENRWG) of the Appalachia Funders Network (AFN) seeks a consultant to enable successful collaboration among the member organizations by providing leadership, content expertise, and facilitation in support of our shared vision. The consultant will have access to administrative support to schedule calls, take notes during calls, […]More
Issues: CoalRenewable energySocial justiceTransition economy
Newlsetter OVEC Mar 28, 2016
Winds of Change, Spring 2016
In December, OVEC organized a one-day, statewide meeting called It’s A Gas at Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp, which was attended by representatives of organizations across West Virginia working on various aspects of deep shale oil and gas “development.” More
Issues: Aboveground storage tanksClimate changeCoalFrackingMountaintop removalWater
Press Release OVEC Feb 12, 2016
Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Authorization of Widespread Destruction of Protected Bat’s Habitat
Four conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authorizing logging and widespread destruction of habitat for northern long-eared bats, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act.More
Issues: CoalPipelines
Hoots and Hollers Robin Feb 4, 2016
Prayer for West Virginia and Her People
We pray that people—especially those who are most in need—would be placed as a higher priority than profit. We pray for creative alternatives to the status quo. More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalSocial justiceWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jan 25, 2016
Dig Out for E-Day Tuesday, Jan. 26
Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26, is WV Environmental Council’s annual E-Day at the WV State Capitol. Load of WV environmental groups will have informational tables under the Golden Dome. You know OVEC will be there! Dig out from the weekend winter storm and come connect with folks working on environmental issues in West Virginia. Learn about the […]More
Issues: Aboveground storage tanksCoalFrackingHealthMountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers Vivian Jan 14, 2016
Register Now for Free Job Training that Starts Jan. 25
The Coalfield Development Corporation and Center for Environmental, Geotechnical, and Applied Sciences at Marshall University are encouraging folks to register now for a free job training course that starts January 25. The training course is called “The Quality Environmental Jobs Initiative”(QEJI) and is funded through an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant from the […]More
Issues: CoalTransition economy
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