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December 2007

Judge: Valley Fill Damages Trump $$$ Lost
20 Years of Standing Our Ground
Changing Course: Windcall and the Art of Renewal
Highlights of OVECs History 20 Years of STANDING OUR GROUND
State Supreme Court Upholds Verdict Against Coal Company Over Destroyed Water Wells
Sludge Safety Project Makes Progress on Study
OSM Gets an Earful on Plan to Weaken Mining Rules
65 Percent of Americans Oppose Bush Plan for Buffer Zone Rules 
West Virginia Council of Churches Statement on Mountaintop Removal
Good Blue Dogs Helping to Raise Funds for OVEC This Christmas
Praying for the Land and People Victimized by MTR
Update on Blair Mountain
Strip Mining Damages Nature
A Note from Maria Gunnoe
David vs. Goliath Award Goes to OVECs Boone County Organizer
Tips on Writing a Letter to the Editor - Do It TODAY!
Clean Politics = Public Financing - It Really Is That Simple
Clean Elections: Control How You Pay for Politics
Piper Funds Challenge Grant Goal Exceeded! THANKS!!!!!
Eastern Panhandle Woman Pushes for Clean Elections
Why Dont Regulators Do Their Jobs? OVEC Answers
Delegate Wants Public Financing Law
OVEC Works! Thanks!
Public Energy Authority Not Serving Public: Manchins Coal-to-Liquids Energy Plan Gets Little Support
Mingo Residents Gather to Celebrate, Better their County
The Appalachian Adventure
Oh, Yeah, That's A Great Spot for A Mountaintop Removal Mine!
This Summers Story Voices of Those Hurt by Mountaintop Removal Mining
Ink Cartridge Recycling Program Sinks, But You Can Still EAT FOR OVEC
This Cant Happen in America, Can It?  No, Only in Central Appalachia - So Far

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

Update on Blair Mountain

For more than five years, OVEC board member Regina Hendrix and the WV Sierra Club have led efforts to secure special historical status for Blair Mountain. Such status would prevent mountaintop removal on large portions of Blair Mountain. Through amazing perseverance, despite setback after setback, they were finally successful in having 1,600 acres of Blair Mountain nominated by the state of West Virginia for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

In September, the DEP granted a permit to Mingo Logan Coal Co. to surface mine over 300 acres, completely within the area that has been nominated for Historic status.

OVEC and WV Highlands Conservancy are working with lawyers from the national Sierra Club to try to stop any mining on that site. Our fear is that Mingo Logan will destroy enough land and waters that the site would no longer be eligible for National Register status. We have people watching the site.

(In a different, earlier legal case led by Joe Lovett and Earthjustice attorneys, a company buried a stream where we were trying to stop a valley fill. Once the stream was gone, we no longer had legal grounds to stop the valley fill.)


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