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OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition) formed in 1987 to stop a toxic waste dump/incinerator proposed for a low-income community near Huntington, WV. We won that campaign. By supporting organized voices and empowered communities, we’ve been winning environmental and social justice campaigns ever since. Our members and volunteers are crucial to our work. Join OVEC!

Press Release OVEC May 16
Knock Down the House Comes to WV – Local Woman in Film and Director to Be Present
This film proves that people-powered campaigns have a positive impact, whether an election is won or lost. No matter the issue we work on, we need fair courts and legislators accountable to we, the people. More
Press Release OVEC May 10
Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Protect Endangered Species From Coal Mining in Appalachia
The Center for Biological Diversity and allies filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state of West Virginia for failing to protect endangered species from coal mining. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC May 10
Memorial Service for Bill Hughes on Memorial Day
All who knew Bill or knew of and appreciated his work to educate us all on the fracking invasion of Wetzel County are invited to remember and celebrate his life.  More
Action Alert Vivian May 6
May You Join in Building People Power!
Please come out, join in. May = building people power! More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC May 4
Knock Down the House Comes to West Virginia
Rotten Tomatoes: "A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions." More
Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik Apr 29
Man-made Changes are Driving Amphibians to the Brink of Extinction
Back in 1995, a group of middle school children and their teacher made an odd discovery while on a field trip in rural Minnesota. A small pond they were visiting, Ney Pond, had a substantial population of deformed leopard frogs. Their teacher informed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This agency studied the frog population in […] More
Beaver PA cracker plant under constructions
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Apr 29
Frackers and Crackers and Hubs, Oh My!
None of this is good for our actual or fiscal health. We can do much better. People over petro! More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Apr 27
Today: Into Solar? Into Stink? Into Green? Into Drink? You’re Covered.
It's the Solar Congress followed by Solar Beer Happy Hour in Charleston, StinkFest in Huntington (ramps, ya'll), and, in Wheeling, a workshop on cultivating a greener Ohio Valley. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Apr 23
Knock Down The House Comes to Netflix May 1
Hmmm. Maybe you will be inspired to run for office without relying on corporate campaign contributions! Watch the doc on Netflix or at community screenings. More
Hoots and Hollers Robin Blakeman Apr 11
April 15 – Ohio River Water Quality Comments Due!
Comment on pollution control standrads to ORANSCO. This could be much more valuable to you than your tax refund... same deadline April 15.  More
Hoots and Hollers Janet Keating Apr 9
Remembering Peter Slavin
Peter had more than a passing interest in this issue and its horrific impacts on people, communities and the land; he took the time to get to know folks on a deeper level. More

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Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik Nov 15, 2018
Plants, Plastics: The Hemp Kind Versus the Toxic Kind
Why build an enormous petrochemical complex in the Ohio Valley to produce toxic plastics? Why risk our health? Let's embark on a major hemp production project to lift l without destroying the land, air and water we depend on! More
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Jul 26, 2018
West Virginians Do Not Want China’s Appalachian Gas Investments: #NoASH #PetroFreeWV
Not everyone here in West Virginia thinks building Cancer Alley #2 along the entire Ohio River border of our state would be wonderful. Far from it! More
Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik Oct 24, 2018
If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?
We have the tools and the science to tackle this problem. Whether main stream media, government institutions, and state and local politicians join us remains to be seen, but waiting is not an option. More