The West Virginia Environmental Council and West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections have been hard at work during the 2019 WV Legislative Session. They are there representing you, OVEC and other groups who just don’t have the capacity to be at the Statehouse every day. Let’s help ourselves and the our literal and political environment by taking these actions. Need to get primed to act? If so, please read these remarks E-Council lobbyist Karan Ireland made on E-Day.
Water is Life: West Virginians, Take Action
Learn more and take action here: Water Quality Standards Rule Heads to House Floor – No Updated Protections
Ordinary working West Virginians don’t have that kind of money to donate to campaigns, so the overall effect of the bill would be disastrous for voters who struggle to have their voices heard above the special interests that try buy our elections.We need more transparency of political spending in our elections, not more money.
To learn more and take action, click here.
Another E-Action: Please Tell WV Lawmakers to REJECT SB 266
From WV Rivers Coalition
Get Involved in Efforts to Resist Proposed Appalachian Storage Hub
ASH would be a massive petrochemical corridor build-out that would span approximately 400 miles along the Ohio River Valley, with a spur up the Kanawha River towards Charleston. It could include infrastructure—such as underground storage of fracked-gas byproducts, pipelines*, and huge “cracker” plants—in up to 50 counties on both sides of the Ohio River. The cracker plants would produce plastic, just as communities around the world are working to reduce plastic waste and curb plastic pollution. (*The photo above is a pipeline landslide caused by the construction of the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline; while not directly related to ASH, this serves as an example of what pipeline construction can do in our hilly and mountainous terrain. See drone footage and read more about this landslide here, in a blog by OVEC organizer Alex Cole.)
To help it build parts of ASH, the Appalachia Development Group LLC has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for a loan guarantee of 1.9 billion dollars. Why should we tax payers prop up this monstrosity?
To feed the infrackstructure of ASH, our region would be besieged by greatly expanded unconventional oil and gas drilling (fracking) and more pipelines.
To learn more and/or join in OVEC’s efforts to stop ASH, call us at 304-522-0246 or e-mail email@example.com.
Solastalgia Got You Down? Map Your Own Landscape!
Now – April 30: Women and Water Exhibit in Morgantown, WV.
Now – March 30: Builder Levy’s “Appalachia USA” will be exhibited at the Beckley Arts Center’s Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery at 600 Johnstown Road. The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
March 8: The Devil We Know Screening for UCC/OVEC Community Movie Night
Related: Be sure to read Dr. Randi Pokladnik’s latest blog: The Legacy of Non-Stick Cookware
March 27: The Citizens Climate Lobby Of West Virginia, Charleston Chapter and the WV International Film Festival are sponsoring a free documentary film event with a screening of The Human Element, which follows James Balog, environmental photographer, across the country as he documents the human impact on air, water, fire and earth. 7 p.m. at the LaBelle Theatre in South Charleston.
April 8 – 12: Stop the Pipelines Art Installation in DC
April 10: #DefundDisaster and #ShutDownChase – National Day of Action. Support this action: Fossil Banks? No Thanks! Sign the Global Call on Banks to Stop Financing Fossil Fuels
April 24: MU Earth Day
April 27: Stinkfest at Wild Ramp
Check our online calendar for more events that will soon be added. If you would like us to consider an event for posting on our website, e-mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OVEC’s New Executive Director
If you aren’t already a member of OVEC, please join today! Your membership dues support our work. If you need us to check on your membership status—dues are yearly—send us an e-mail at email@example.com and we’ll check your status. Of course, your donations are welcomed and put to good use at any time of the year!