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July 25, 2012

Upcoming Events

This Friday, July 27: OVEC members and their guests are invited to a fun, family friendly picnic in the Kanawha State Forest (near Charleston, W. Va.) from 5 p.m. to dusk. More info here.

On now: Mountain Mobilization, Southern West Virginia, beginning July 25. Click here for more info.

Saturday, July 28: Click here for info on the Stop the Frack Attack rally and march in Washington, D.C. Some folks will be departing from the OVEC picnic to head to this event, travelling on a bus chartered by the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, which leaves Morgantown at 9 a.m. Saturday. You can purchase your bus ticket here. Reply to this e-mail for more info.

September 8: Wellness and Water: Health Impacts of Fossil Fuel Extraction
Join us at the Morgantown (W.Va.) First Presbyterian Church for this conference sponsored by OVEC and the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club. Our keynote speaker is chemist Wilma Subra, whom you may have seen in Gasland. We'll have workshops and panels with impacted residents, and experts including Dr. Ben Stout, whom you may have seen in The Last Mountain and Burning the Future, and Dr. Michael Hendryx, whose research is shining a much-needed light on the extreme human health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. (We will have an online registration page up soon.) Keynote at 9 a.m. Closing reception at 1 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Contact Robin Blakeman at or 304-522-0246 for more information.

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ACHE Act Needs You

As you know if you have been following Dr. Hendryx's research, babies born to mothers living near mountaintop removal sites are twice as likely to have birth defects as babies born to mothers who regularly smoke while pregnant!

Other scientists and researchers are adding more information to the Hendryx studies. The findings aren't good and they sure seem to further prop up what residents who live close to mountaintop removal have been saying for years: MTR is toxic to humans and other living things.

There's a new bill in Congress that aims to protect the people of Appalachia and ensure we aren’t sacrificed for the coal industry’s profit. Please take action now and urge your representative to support the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act (H.R. 5959). Click here. You can also sign a petition about the ACHE Act here and you can contribute to help folks work to advance the ACHE Act in Washington, D.C. here.

Above: A dragline stirs up dust, which is likely laden with silica particles from blasted sandstone, at a Lincoln County mountaintop removal operation. Photo by Vivian Stockman.

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Be a Mountain Hero:
Place Your Photo Here

Our good friends at Earthjustice have a new Mountain Heroes website, a dynamic, interactive showcase and celebration of the folks working to end mountaintop removal. Add your own personal stories and images—in the form of an historic public photo petition opposing mountaintop removal. Earthjustice, along with OVEC and other partners, has a goal of generating thousands of new online photo petitions. We will deliver the petitions to the Obama administration on September 13, 2012. Join Ken Hechler, Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams and add your story here.
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