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March 2008
Contents

DEP Misses Massey Messes and Millions in Fines
Sen. Hunter Introduces Bill to End Mountaintop Removal
Victory! Surface Mine Permit Thrown Out in McDowell County
Fayette County Commission Resolution Against Ansted Permit
Department for Every Polluter?
Which Will WV Choose Tourism or Wanton Destruction?
Coal-to-Liquid Plant Planned for Mingo County?
Sludge Safety Project: In Pursuit of the Truth
OVEC Members Win Awards
State Adds Fish Advisory for Selenium
Its Our Sacred DUTY to Allow Our Mountains to Be Leveled - Huh?
Lets Go Krogering! Card Can Be Used at Kroger Gas Stations, Too!
Whats In the Water? - Rash of Illnesses Prompts Questions
Our Lawsuit: DEP Protecting Coal Industrys Illegal Pollution
Get Involved! Let the Dead Rest in Peace, Safe From Mountain Massacre!
Public Campaign Financing: What Is It? How Do We Fund It?
"Judges Shall Always Endeavor To the Utmost Degree To Preserve the Appearance of Impartiality"  Except in WV!
Freedom Bill Is Just Another Name for the Clean Elections Movement
Honoring Senator Hunter and Supporting Clean Elections!
Clean Elections: Public Campaign Financing Act Introduced
US Power Company Linked to Bush is Named A Top Global Polluter
Climate Is Ripe for Massive Change
Lets Attempt Some Perspective - Who Are the Real Enemies?
The Twilight of Twilight?
Get Ready to Hear A New ROARing Noise in WV and Appalachia
Charleston Area Youth Organize to End Mountaintop Removal
Call for Summer Interns!
Times Up, Coal, According to Earth Policy Institute
She Has A Dream for WV
Profound Subliminal Message Against Mountaintop Removal Mining
OVEC Works! Thanks!
Silly Coal Commercials, Talking Bugs, Not Fooling Anyone
MTR in Boone County Topic of Course at Johns Hopkins University
Find Out Your Connection and Take Action to End the Madness
Best Energy Strategy: Small, Green and Local, Experts Say

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Winds of Change Newsletter, March 2008     See sidebar for table of contents

Get Involved! Let the Dead Rest in Peace, Safe From Mountain Massacre!

Families in West Virginias southern coalfields have traditionally buried their people in cemeteries on top of hills and mountains and more of these mountaintops are threatened by mountaintop removal.

OVEC members Versie Sims and Anita Miller recently visited WV legislators to talk about the vulnerability of coalfield cemeteries. Sims became alarmed when she realized that 171 Lincoln County cemeteries are not adequately protected from mining operations.

In response, on Feb.19 a bill was introduced in the House that seeks to protect cemeteries from encroaching machines. Thanks to the sponsors: Delegates Jeff Eldridge, Ted Ellis, Ralph Rodigherio and Dale Stephens. This bill would require additional public notification of proposed mining near cemeteries, and would prohibit mining within 1,000 feet of cemeteries.

The Stover Family Cemetery on Kayford Mountain was desecrated by mountaintop removal mining in July. Since then, members of OVEC and the Sierra Club have been meeting with state regulatory agencies.

We need better enforcement of current laws and additional legal measures to prevent human remains from being bulldozed into oblivion (or into the bottom of a valley fill).

Were planning to have a more detailed and comprehensive Coalfield Cemetery Protection bill ready to be introduced at the beginning of the 2009 legislative session.

Weve learned that this is a very legally and politically complex issue. Its going to take a well organized coalition of citizens and groups to stimulate new state laws, and to make sure existing laws are enforced.

Please, your help is needed! if youre willing to get involved, call Dianne at the OVEC office, (304) 522-0246, Extension 9.

 

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