Posts by Dustin


Dustin is an OVEC organizer. He's an 11th generation Appalachian, born and raised in West Virginia. He grew up in one of top coal producing counties. He is descended from a long line of coal miners including his own father, who passed away from cancer in 2014. Once an avid coal supporter, he was made aware of its destructive practices when Patriot Coal Company began blowing up a mountain named for his ancestors, surrounding their 200-year-old graves with a barren moonscape in a practice known as mountaintop removal (MTR). Witnessing increased flooding, entire communities uprooted and erased, and an ever escalating rate of poverty and health issues throughout the coal fields of Appalachia, he now works with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to educate others, bring an end to the practice of mountaintop removal, and make a just transition away from coal to create a more sustainable and economically diverse Appalachia. He will continue to fight for the victims of coal and to save the mountains he loves.

15 posts found

Hoots and Hollers Dustin Jun 12, 2018
Sign-On to Show Your Opposition to the Appalachian Petrochemical Complex
We are just a few days away from our #PaddleAgainstPetro action on June 18. Please sign on to this letter to show your opposition to the proposed Appalachian Storage Hub. Sign, then share! More
Issues: Appalachian Storage HubFrackingHealthPetrochemicalsPipelinesPollutionWater
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Feb 20, 2018
Co-Tenancy: Broad Form Deed Déjà Vu
This political maneuvering is to strip people of their rights... Call your WV Delegate today and tell them to say no to HB4268. Don't let history keep repeating itself. More
Issues: Appalachian Storage HubFrackingMarcellus shaleRogersville ShaleWV Legislature
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Jan 4, 2018
Appalachian Storage Hub: A Petrochem Horror / #NoASH #NoCancerValley #PetroFreeWV
According to recent reports, the so-called "Appalachian Storage Hub" (ASH) has cleared its first hurdle. The U.S. Department of Energy has granted the first part of a two application loan of $1.9 billion for the Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative. More
Issues: Appalachian Storage HubEthaneFrackingNGLpetrochemical
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Nov 16, 2017
Revelation: Alpha Weasels Out of Bonding Obligations
Alpha will transfer to Lexington Coal a total of 160permits from West Virginia. This deal eliminates $192 million in self-bonding Alpha owes to West Virginia. More
Issues: AlphaBankruptcyBondingMountaintop removalMTRReclamationWater
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Nov 10, 2017
The Toxic Masculinity of Fossil Fuels
“Where’s your dress,” I heard someone yell out as I went up to the microphone to speak to the National Academies of Sciences on the health impacts of mountaintop removal a few months back.  I had heard it a couple years ago for the first time when I spoke at a rally against MTR at […] More
Issues: Coalfossil fuelsgasmasculinityoil
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Jul 5, 2017
In Memoriam: Rev. Crist and Chris Hale
We were saddened to learn of the passing of two of our amazing allies last week. OVEC staff would like to offer our condolences to the family and close friends of these two, along with the following memories of where their work intersected with ours. More
Issues: memorial
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Apr 13, 2017
Oops, They Did It Again – A History of Industry “Accidents”
The coal slurry spill on March 23 in Boone County was just the latest in a long list of “accidents" in our state. More
Issues: BakkenCoalfossil fuelsFreedom IndustriesIndustryMCHMMine safetyMining AccidentsPipelinesPollutionregulationSlurrySlurry SpillWaterWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Feb 15, 2017
For folks like me, who often have to access the WVDEP website's information, the last two weeks have been a struggle. When we try to use DEP’s online databases, we are greeted with an error message or an ironic image of a sad face. That’s because the DEP’s servers have stopped working and have been down all this time. More
Issues: accountablityCoalDEPminingMountaintop removalPermitsPollutionWest VirginiaWVDEP
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Sep 1, 2015
Make Your Voice Heard: Stream Protection Rule Talking Points
Here are some talking points to help you make comments on the stream protection rule. More
Issues: Mountaintop removalWater
Hoots and Hollers Dustin May 8, 2015
Potential Gubernatorial Candidate Plans MTR Mine Near A Head-Start Preschool
In an April 21 article, Jim Justice, owner of Southern Coal Corporation, told the Beckley Register-Herald that he is considering running for WV governor in the 2016 election.  For the record, OVEC, as a tax-exempt organization, never advocates for or against any political candidate.  We do believe, however, that we play a positive role by providing […] More
Issues: Clean electionsCoalDEPMountaintop removal
Dianne Bady
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Apr 20, 2015
And The Award Goes To….
  On April 14, 2015, OVEC was one of the recipients of the second annual Jean and Leslie Douglas Pearl Award presented by the Cornell Douglas Foundation.  The ceremony took place in Washington D.C. at the National Press Club.  The following is the acceptance speech from OVEC’s very own Executive Director, Janet Keating: Good afternoon. It is truly an […] More
Issues: FrackingMountaintop removalSocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Apr 25, 2013
A Child’s World
     I stood behind the table watching the young girl study the images.  Her long dirty-blonde hair glistened in the sun and swayed in the chilly breeze.  She must have been around eleven or twelve.  She spoke softly to her younger brother.  He was about seven or eight but you could see his young […] More
Issues: CoalEPAHealthMountaintop removalPollutionSocial justiceWater
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Mar 9, 2013
Beauty and the Coal Beast
A March 8 post in “Grounded,” The State Journal’s energy blog, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, and notorious funny man, Chris Hamilton was quoted saying that some West Virginia delegates might not know “the difference between a dragline and a drag queen.” He made these remarks at a recent coal industry conference […] More
Issues: Clean electionsCoalMountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Mar 8, 2013
Call for the Streams and Health Today
2 p.m. update: HR2579 has passed in the House.  An identical bill, SB 472, will be considered by the Senate. Please call your senators to tell them not to support SB 472. HR2579 is being fast tracked in the West Virginia House of Delegates under the guise of “stream protection,” when in fact this bill […] More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalPollutionWater
Hoots and Hollers Dustin Oct 16, 2012
Solidarity: Patriot Benefits a Concern For All
As boy I can remember joining my father on the picket line on the bridge leading to the Wells Complex coal mine. Boone County, W.Va. coal was booming, Peabody Coal was the dominant company in the area, and the United Mine Workers of America was strong, fighting for miners’ rights. My dad had been a […] More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removal
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