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April 9 in Morgantown: People Over Petro!
Outside the conference, though, the people will be speaking up! Join us if you can.
What: People Over Petrochem Protest and Press Conference
When: Tuesday April 9, 2019
Where: At the Tree of Diversity mosaic behind the WVU Visitors Resource Center by Caperton Trail, beside the Marriott at Waterfront Place/Event Center, 2 Waterfront Place, Morgantown WV.
Protest: 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Participants will move from the site of the press conference to the public sidewalk along Don Knotts Blvd., in front of the Marriott.
Who: Join residents and allies from WV, PA, and OH who stand in opposition to the proposed petrochemical build-out. Speakers at the press conference include residents who live near proposed infrastructure for the petrochemical complex. Organizers of this event include OVEC-the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Concerned Ohio River Residents, Indigenous Environmental Network, Sierra Club WV, Sierra Club OH, Center for Coalfield Justice, Breathe Project, Mountain Watershed Association, and Climate Reality Project: Pittsburgh.
Why: Industry and political supporters are pushing an agenda to build a massive petrochemical complex in the central Appalachian region to manufacture new plastic. Proponents boast of the “economic potential,” while disregarding the potential human health and safety impacts the pollution from these petrochemical facilities will have on our region.
*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, six large-diameter pipelines, a network of smaller pipelines, fractionator plants and huge “cracker” plants—in up to 50 counties on both sides of the Ohio River in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The cracker plants would produce plastic, just as communities around the world are working to reduce plastic waste and curb plastic pollution. Finance deals with China, and government loans and and tax breaks are in the works to help promote this crazy costly boondoggle. The raw material to feed the petrochemical complex would come from increased regional fracking, which is already taking a huge toll on people living nearby. The project would be a nightmare in terms of the human health impacts, water pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more and/or join in OVEC’s efforts to stop ASH, call us at 304-522-0246 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
OVEC Member Among Those Testifying to Congress on MTR’s Health Impacts; You Can Listen Live and Help Spread the Word on Social Media
HNR is now led by Representative Raúl Manuel Grijalva. As a member group of The Alliance for Appalachia, we worked with HNR when Representative Grijalva visited some MTR sites in Virginia (see page 9 of OVEC’s Fall 2017 Winds of Change newsletter), and we’re encouraged that the committee is taking this step.
You can tune in to the hearing live tomorrow (the livestream link is here and will be active at about 2 p.m. on April 9). Help spread the word! On social media, look for and use these hashtags: #EndMTR #ILoveMountains #coal #JustTransition #cleanwater #evenhillbilliesdeservecleanwater
If you’d like some sample social media posts, please e-mail email@example.com with “MTR hashtags” in the subject line.
Billboards You Helped Fund Are Now Up
Deadline to Comment April 15: Ohio River Needs You
OVEC volunteer Dr. Randi Pokladnik and OVEC Project Coordinator Robin Blakeman recently attended a public hearing to comment on this proposal. At this link, you can read what Randi has to say, as well as OVEC’s letter to ORSANCO. Feel free to use these comments to craft your own. Talking points are available in this post. All the details you need to comment are here, but if you need any help, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
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