ASH Belongs on the Ash Heap of Bad Ideas
The graphic above was included in a U.S. Department of Energy report (more like sales pitch!) favoring the idea of the Hub; unfortunately, it fails to convey the scale of the project, or the smell of it (from rotten, corrupt back-room deals to toxic emissions).
The project would run along the shores and inland areas of the Ohio River Valley—from near Pittsburgh, all along the WV/OH border and into Kentucky, with another spur along the Kanawha River Valley.
So far, we’ve not seen any estimates of the potential tonnages of greenhouse gases that could be emitted from all stages of this project. Given the increasingly alarming climate news and the increasingly strident warnings that we must drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions now, politicians and government agencies should immediately put a moratorium on any related permits and stop the blatant cheer leading.
You Can Help Right Now
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Tomorrow, December 12 at 6 p.m., the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the NPDES permit for this same proposed ethane cracker plant. The hearing takes place at Shadyside Community Center, 50 East 39th St., Shadyside, Ohio, 43947.
OVEC’s Dustin White is heading to the hearing from the Charleston area. If you would like to join a carpool, contact him right away at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there’s an open space.
Written comments on the NPDES permit will be accepted until December 18; details (and any updates) here.
Be Ready for 2019 Legislative Session
We will need your help, often on very short notice. Calls, e-mails, lobby visits and protests at the Capitol can really make a difference in boosting a good bill or tossing a bad one onto that ash heap. Please make certain you are on E-Council’s action alert list, and follow both E-Council and OVEC on social media: E-Council Twitter, OVEC Twitter,. E-Council Facebook, OVEC Facebook.
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Gifts With a Sense of Purpose
If you are looking for a holiday gift, we have some ideas, such as a gift membership to OVEC, or OVEC merchandise. Details here.
If you are in Huntington, you can pick up the enamel camp-style mugs, as shown in the photo above, at two great local businesses The Wild Ramp is located just down the street from our office, and Brand Yourself, which made the mugs for us.
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