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September 2007

Mattea, Kennedy Stunned by Scope of Devastation
Organizing for a Better World
Injury, Insult, Insanity: Buffer Zone Rule Change
Mining Dams Check is DEP's New Top Priority
Your Work is Appreciated
Sludge Safety Project Meets with DEP
Citizen Input Made THE Difference in Sludge Safety Study
Yet Another Legal Victory Against Army Corps of Engineers!
Coal - to - Liquid: WV Public Energy Authoritys Plan for Your Future
Training to Listen, Listening to Tears of the Mountains
Surface Mine Board Rules to Allow Inaccurate Permit in Mingo County
Go Larry! CNN Profiles OVEC Board Member for Defending the Planet
Two New Books on Ravages of MTR
Faith In Action: Religious Community Engaging to End Mountaintop Removal
Teetering on the Edge - Is the Future of Coal in Question?
OVEC Works! Thank You!
Learning How to Work With the Media to Get Our Message Out
Boone Countys OVEC Team Really Taking Flight After Two Years
Getting the GIST of Grist
Every Action Counts! Residents Letters Result in Mining Site Inspection
King Coal, State Chamber of Commerce Say Environmental Groups Attacking WVs Economic Lynchpin
Let Us Be Very Clear: Mountaintop Removal Mining is NOT About Creating Jobs, Its About $$$$$
Attempt to Undermine OVEC Just Shows Its Importance
Interests of the Working Man: Citizen Groups Are Working to SAVE the Mountain State
Stover Cemetery Desecration Aided by State Agencys Repeated Inaction
Coalfield Delegation at the UN for Sake of the Mountains
What a Concept Government Of, By and For the People!
Farewell to Si Galperin, Champion of Clean Elections
Public Financing Would Mean Cheaper Elections
Global Warming / Climate Instability in the Mountain State
Feed Your Family, Support OVECs Work, Life Is Good!
Coal-to-Liquid is Nuts - Here Are Just A Few Reasons Why
Goodbye to Mitch, Writer and Friend
Miner Takes His Battle to West Virginia Supreme Court

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Winds of Change Newsletter, September 2007     See sidebar for table of contents

Every Action Counts! Residents Letters Result in Mining Site Inspection

OVEC, alerted by Coal River Mountain Watch, sent a written request to the WV Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a citizens inspection of Wind River Resources "reclamation" at their mining site, in response to a bond release application by the company.

Additionally, Maria Gunnoe, OVECs community outreach organizer in Boone County, encouraged other citizens in her area to write letters, too.

This simple action paid off. OVEC received a letter from DEP informing us that before the final bond release could occur, Wind River Resources had to check with the landowner (Penn Virginia) to see whether or not Penn Virginia approved of leaving in place ponds and sediment ditches.

Penn Virginia did, in fact, want these structures removed. DEP said that the earliest anticipated date for achieving Phase III release will now be in the last half of 2009.

At that time, OVEC, Coal River Mountain Watch and other interested parties can again request an inspection of the site to make sure that the "reclamation" is not deficient in any way.

Never doubt the power of taking even what seems like a small action.


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