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September 2008

More Legal Victories Against Mountaintop Mining
Judge Orders End to Selenium Violations at Logan MTR Mine
Corps Complacency Allows Continued Destruction
Persistence Pays! OVEC Members Win Sludge Warning System
Mines Selenium Extensions Wrong, Appeals Board Finds
Mining Company to Pay $1.48 Million Selenium Pollution Fine

Go Green for A Day of Action

Cabell Co. Democratic Delegates Pass Resolution Opposing Mountaintop Removal, Supporting Underground Mining
OVEC Adds Mingo County Native to Help Organize and Empower Southern WV Coalfield Communities
From Mingo County to DC, Lobbying for Change in WV
Major Mountaintop Removal Lawsuit Appeal Scheduled for Sept. 23
Water Testing, Health Problems In Boone County
Sludge Safety Project Has Internship Opportunity Now for 2009 Session
Books and Films and CDs
Boone County Updates: Bob White Listed Among Planets Disappearing Destinations
Thugs and Bullies Beware: The Whole World is Watching You
De-Escalating Bullying Through Training to Handle Volatile Situations
Wind Farm or Mountaintop Removal on Coal River Mountain?
Wind Power Facts

Faith in Action: As Decision Approaches, A Call for Peace in the Coalfields

Tell Congress Its Past Time to Pass the Clean Water Protection Act
Billboards Part of New Outreach, Website Campaign in Mingo County
Family Cemeteries Another Victim of Mountain Massacre Mining
Gore: Mountaintop Removal an Atrocity; Clean Energy Needed Now
Wake up Ansted, Jodie and Gauley Bridge!
A Better Vision: Working Together For A Sustainable Appalachia
Clean Elections Summit Clarifies Strategy
Taking Action: New GetActive Web Page Launched
Another Reason We Need Clean Elections
Public Campaign Financing a Focus for Catholic Women
Disclosure Legislation Helps; Publicly-Financed Campaigns Better
Mountain Keepers Music Festival Celebrates Appalachia
How Can Coal Be Carbon Neutral? Because Walker Machinery Says It Is
OVEC Involved in Southeast Climate Convergence
Global Climate Change Effects on World Economy Will Be Greater Than Both World Wars, Great Depression Combined
The Ethics of Climate Change - Pay Now or Pay Later, But We All Pay
High School Students from LA View A Massacre, WV Style
Citizens Voice Concerns with Proposed Mining Operation
Major Discovery Primed To Unleash Solar Revolution
Governor Commits Taxpayer $$$ to Questionable Coal-to-Liquids Scheme
Early Deaths in WV Coalfields - The Price We Pay
Power Lines Promise PATH of Destruction, TrAIL of Tears
The Alliance Continues to Work Together
Battle of the Titans
Goodbye, Tony

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More Legal Victories Against Mountaintop Mining
Rocks and boulders left  lying around after Hobet Mining got done rearranging the Mud River.
Rocks and boulders left lying around after Hobet Mining got done rearranging the Mud River.

Hobet Mining Co. is being forced to pay fines for violating its Clean Water Act Pollution Discharge Permit at its massive mountaintop removal mine in Lincoln County.

But, top Division of Environmental Protection officials say that the coal company can pay off part of its fines in boulders.

       While DEP continues to have over 100 staff vacancies, it is happy to accept rocks as partial payment for Hobets contamination of the Mud River area.  Scientists say that pollution there is so severe its causing fish to grow two eyes on one side of their heads, spine deformities and the potential ecological collapse of the fish habitat in a large recreational reservoir downstream from the mines.  

       The fines are in response to one of our selenium lawsuits, both of which are serving to expose the WV DEPs cozy relationship with an industry its supposed to regulate.

       The following news articles detail these latest legal developments and also, we hope, will move you to help us demand a better DEP.  Take action by visiting www.ohvec.org and clicking on "Safe Water and a Strong DEP."            

        Hobets 20 square miles of lopped off mountains and buried streams, with serious water problems downstream, seem to contradict the claim made by some Friends of Coal that mountaintop removal (MTR) actually makes the land better.


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