OVEC Action Alert

March into Action: Call, Attend, Care, Defend!

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Action Alert
Supporting Organized Voices and
Empowered Communities Since 1987
Mar 15, 2018 View / Comment Online

No Matter Where You Live,  Call Congress Today
on the RECLAIM Act

Call 202-816-6137. You will hear a recorded message that will give you instructions for what to say to your U.S. Senator and then you will be patched through to your Senator’s D.C. office.

The message to leave with them is simple: “Pass the House version of the RECLAIM Act now.”

Learn more here.

Register Now: Community Organizing Summit

Do you want to learn the basics or brush up on your grassroots movement building skills? Do you want to network with other progressive folks from across the state who are working to improve their communities?

Some of the AGWG members at Jackson’s Mill.

OVEC and our partners in the Appalachian Gas Working Group (AGWG) invite you to join us at our Community Organizing Summit from April 6-8 at Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp, near Weston, WV.

The Community Organizing Summit is open to members of grassroots groups and individual activists, especially those who want to resist the growing threat of oil and gas extraction and related infrackstructure. The AGWG Community Organizing Summit will feature two tracks: one on community organizing, and one specific to environmental issues. Learn more here. Join the event on Facebook and invite others here.

Register here through Eventbrite today. Whether or not you are staying overnight, please choose either a Friday night ticket or a Saturday night ticket, or both. The Friday ticket is $25, and includes registration, plus the use of a dorm bed that night, along with dinner Friday night, and breakfast and lunch Saturday. Saturday night tickets include registration, plus the use of a dorm bed for that night, dinner Saturday night, and breakfast Sunday morning. That ticket is $25. To attend the full event, the cost is only $50 for two overnight stays, and five meals.

We have a limited number of scholarships available; apply here, by March 23. Individuals applying for a scholarship do not need to register through Eventbrite.

Citizen Monitoring Works!

A member of the Doddridge County Watershed Association contacted people at the WVDEP to make sure they saw these photos. Days later, DEP began a series of inspections of Rover Pipeline construction, which resulted in 14 citations for violations of the pipeline’s permit conditions in Doddridge, Tyler and Wetzel counties. On March 5, DEP issued a 55-page cease and desist order for pipeline construction. Construction must be halted until the pipeline’s owners, Energy Transfer Partners (of Dakota Access Pipeline infamy), take assorted actions, including submitting a corrective action plan, due by March 25.

This is the second cease and desist order DEP has issued for Rover. The first order was also spurred after citizens shared photos with DEP.

As other pipeline construction looms across our state, we need more people watching and reporting to DEP. OVEC has several teams out monitoring location where the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline would cross streams in five counties. On Tuesday, March 27 starting at 6 p.m., stream team members will be meeting for a potluck at the OVEC office in Huntington and at a home in Roane County. We’ll take part in this:

Free Webinar: Learn to Detect and Report Water Quality Impacts from Pipelines

Whether or not you are on the stream teams, join us! E-mail info@ohvec.org for details.

Upcoming Events 

March 15: Public Meeting on MVP held by Summers County Commission
March 22: Join MU Native American Student Organization and OVEC as Huntington Celebrates World Water Day
March 26: Huntington-Cabell Branch of the NAACP Invites You to Meet the Candidates

OVEC will be tabling at MU and WVU at Parkersburg during Earth Day events in April. E-mail info@ohvec.org if you’d like to help out. 




Updated: Mar 15, 2018 — 1:18 pm

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