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2015 Recap and a Look Ahead; End of Year Appeal

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Dec 28, 2015

Here’s to the New Year
bw.old.home.placeAs 2015 draws to a close, many of us are inclined to reflect on the successes and challenges the year brought.

We here at OVEC want you to know that during our time of deep reflection on our work,  you — our members, volunteers and supporters — are on our minds. You are the ones who make our work possible! For every success, we extend a hearty thank you!

We’ve compiled some of the year’s highlights here. If you want a more in-depth look at our 2015 work, you could review the year’s newsletters.

As we celebrate the successes, we recognize the challenges ahead.

For instance, while OVEC has been at the forefront of the movement to end mountaintop removal coal mining for nearly 20 years, our work must continue in 2016. Our persistent efforts have stopped some MTR mines altogether, slowed others down and forced mining companies to spend nearly $500 million on treating toxic mine pollution. And, as coal markets have declined, MTR mines have been shutting down faster. But Big Coal is still blowing up mountains and burying streams. Peoples’ lives and health are still being destroyed by this egregious mining method. Nearly 30 peer-reviewed health studies link MTR and coal toxins to many illnesses including cancer, heart disease, and birth defects, contributing to lower life expectancy. Sadly, none of this has made one iota of difference to most WV politicians, whose top priority continues to be “saving coal.”

As coal revenues decline, our politicians now are looking at yet another dirty fossil fuel to make up the difference. Oil and gas companies have targeted Cabell (where OVEC’s office is located), Wayne, Putnam and Lincoln counties for a land grab, for fracking — drilling down very deeply for the Rogersville Shale. Our concerns have already been validated by citizens with whom we work in north-central WV who face serious environmental and health problems; fracking for the Marcellus Shale has been underway there for several years.

With your continued investment in OVEC, we promise to push back against the power structure that gives outside corporations the “right” to pollute our water and air. Please, as you consider making year-end gifts, consider donating to OVEC. You can donate here today. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

We truly appreciate you, and thank you for making our work possible in 2015. Here’s to 2016!

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What’s Coming Up?
Register now: Free career training in environmental remediation field begins January 26. Register online here.

December 31: Deadline to comment to WV DEP on its Feasibility Study on Clean Power Plan. Details and ideas for making comments here.  You can also, take easy e-action here, thanks to the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club.

January 9: 3-6 p.m. WV Rivers Coalition hosts the Safe Water For West Virginia Public Forum at the Culture Center, State Capitol Grounds in Charleston, WV.

January 19: 7-10 p.m. WV Environmental Council’s Legislative Kick Off Party at the Charleston Woman’s Club.

January 21: 6-8 p.m. Shale and Pipelines: What the Frack is Going On in Putnam County? OVEC will host a community forum on Rogersville Shale and the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline at the Eleanor Presbyterian Church, 205 Eleanor Circle, Eleanor, WV in Putnam County. pipeline.emissions

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A People’s Pastoral
The Catholic Committee of Appalachia has just released “The Telling Takes Us Home; Taking Our Place in the Stories that Shape Us,” a People’s Pastoral.

The pastoral is the result of four years of planning and listening sessions, interviews, and tours conducted throughout the region and across religious traditions. Learn more here and download the letter here.

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Some Words of Wisdom from Bill Moyers
In The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don’t Let Them!, a recent op-ed, Bill Moyers writes:

As we are reminded by this season, there is more to life than politics. There are families, friends, music, worship, sports, the arts, reading, conversation, laughter, celebrations of love and fellowship and partridges in pear trees. But without healthy democratic politics serving a moral order, all these are imperiled by the ferocious appetites of private power and greed.

So enjoy the holidays, including Star Wars. Then come back after New Year’s and find a place for yourself, at whatever level, wherever you are, in the struggle for democracy. This is the fight of our lives and how it ends is up to us.

With your support, OVEC works to quell the ferocious appetites of private power and greed. See you in 2016.

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Here’s to the New Year

What’s Coming Up?

A People’s Pastoral

Some Words of Wisdom
from Bill Moyers


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