Tag: DEP

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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
Press Release OVEC Feb 7, 2017
Press Release: West Virginia to Improve Oversight of Coal-mining Pollution
A federal review of West Virginia’s oversight of mountaintop-removal and surface coal mining has revealed persistent failures to enforce mandatory protections, such as water-quality standards, designed to protect people and the environment from controversial coal-mining practices.More
Issues: DEPMountaintop removal
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
Action Alert Vivian Nov 21, 2016
Will You Take Our Survey? Job Opening; From Worry to Thankfulness
No doubt, you've got a lot on your mind right now, so here's a chance to vent a little, at least in terms of what OVEC's work should look like going forward.More
Issues: DEPMountaintop removalSocial justice
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Apr 19, 2016
April 20 Hearing on Fracking Waste Injection Permit
Short notice: Public hearing April 20! In an earlier blog we noted: The Beckley Register-Herald reports: “A Department of Environmental Protection permit application renewal for an underground injection control well used to dispose of oil and natural gas waste in the Trap Hill area of Raleigh County is open for public comment…” More details on […]More
Issues: DEPFrackingWater
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Dec 17, 2015
OVEC’s Successes in 2015: Thank You!
OVEC's work is successful because of the work of our volunteers, members and supporters. Thank you! Here's a sampling of some of our 2015 successes. As you make your end donations, please remember OVEC. Donations to OVEC are tax-deductible.More
Issues: Aboveground storage tanksClimate changeCoalDEPEnergy efficiencyFrackingMountaintop removalSludge Safety Project
Hoots and Hollers Dianne Bady Oct 29, 2015
PA DEP Not Protecting Environment (Nor People Who Live in It)
Fracking for shale gas in our broader region began about ten years ago in Pennsylvania. So, how is that working out for the people who live in the industrial-fracking areas? How is the PA DEP doing? An October series by Central PA news outlet PennLive is entitled "PA. regulators fail to protect environment during Marcellus Shale boom." Here’s a summary of their exhaustive investigation.More
Issues: DEPMarcellus shaleRogersville Shale
Hoots and Hollers Vivian Sep 2, 2015
DEP’s Water Quality Standards Program Accepting Comments
DEP’s Water Quality Standards Program is now accepting comments.More
Issues: DEPPollutionWaterWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jul 13, 2015
Radioactive Drill Cuttings and WV Landfills
In his commentary of the report, Hughes writes, "Wetzel County has had active Marcellus black shale exploration and drilling for at least eight years now. And finally we now have a public report that clearly, unambiguously states that Marcellus shale is radioactive. Of course, geologists have known that for many decades. But, also for decades, there has been great reluctance by the natural gas exploration and production companies to acknowledge that fact in public."More
Issues: DEPFrackingHealthMarcellus shalePollutionWest VirginiaWV Legislature
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jul 9, 2015
No More MTR on Coal River Mountain (Or Anywhere)
The WV DEP held an informal conference on the Long Ridge mountaintop removal permit on July 7. Of course, Coal River Mountain Watch urged folks to comment against Alpha Natural Resources’ proposed new 847-acre site on Coal River Mountain.More
Issues: DEPHealthMountaintop removalSocial justiceWest Virginia
Newlsetter OVEC Jun 23, 2015
Winds of Change, Summer 2015
OVEC Wins Second Annual Jean and Leslie Douglas Pearl Award More
Issues: DEPEnergy efficiencyFrackingMountaintop removalPipelinesRogersville Shale
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes May 14, 2015
Silica Dust: Trouble for Well Pad Workers, Neighbors
To unlock gas (consisting mostly of methane) in deep shale formations, a very deep well is drilled (depth varies depending on location and shale formation). Once a well is drilled, the hydraulic fracturing process (fracking) begins. For this process, thousands of tons of silica sand are mixed with millions of gallons of valuable water and added to thousands of gallon of fracturing chemical. This sand/water/chemical mixture is then pumped under very high pressure down the well casing, causing the tight shale to fracture.More
Issues: DEPEnergyFrackingHealthMarcellus shalePollutionWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers Dustin May 8, 2015
Potential Gubernatorial Candidate Plans MTR Mine Near A Head-Start Preschool
In an April 21 article, Jim Justice, owner of Southern Coal Corporation, told the Beckley Register-Herald that he is considering running for WV governor in the 2016 election.  For the record, OVEC, as a tax-exempt organization, never advocates for or against any political candidate.  We do believe, however, that we play a positive role by providing […]More
Issues: Clean electionsCoalDEPMountaintop removal
Newlsetter OVEC Sep 3, 2013
Winds of Change, September 2013
On the lovely summer evening of July 26, about 80 OVEC members and supporters, many pictured above, gathered to picnic at Coonskin Park in Charleston, WV. We venture to say that everyone had fun, enjoying meeting friends old and new. Thanks to everyone who came out. More
Issues: DEPHealthMountaintop removalPollutionWater
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