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August 2009

Floods ... Again
OVEC Organizer Wins International Recognition with Green Nobel
JOBS and Energy Answers for Our WV Mountain Communities
Picnic for Green JOBS
MTR Mining Equipment Taken Off Gauley Mountain For Now
Board Adds Conditions to Disputed Fayette County Mine Permit
Lets Make Sure the Transition to a Clean, Green Energy Future in WV is a Peaceful One
Calling All Potential New OVEC Board of Directors Members!
Congress Doesnt Always Want to Come CLEAN
The CLEAN Citizens Leading For Energy Action Now
American Clean Energy Security Act: Coal Rewarded
Good Gosh, We Could Have Used That Money to Jump Start the Clean Energy Future in America!
Slurry Lawsuit Settlers Frustrated With Wait for Money
Mountains Aided With First-Ever Fundraising Concert in North Carolina
Sludge Safety Project Legislative Session Wrap-Up
DEPs Sludge Study Results: Agency Still Dont Know Nuthin
OVEC Organizer Testifies at Senate MTR Hearing
Thanks for All the Volunteers Who Helped After the Floods
Fighting For Our Ancestors Resting Places
Lobbying for Green Jobs in DC
Growing Movement Demands Protection for Mountains, Climate, Humanity
Environmental Groups Ask EPA to Take Over WV Pollution Permitting
Byrds Eye View: Staffers Get Close-Up Views of Mountain Range Removal
A Good Win in A Critical Federal Court Case Against MTR
Judicial Bill Pulled by Governor
Supreme Court Case Makes WV A National Laughingstock
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Photovoice Participants Capture their Communities in Images
Photovoice Exhibitions Well Covered By Local and Statewide Media
You Dont Have to Go to Copenhagen to Make a Difference
Obama and Mountaintop Removal Mining: The Roller Coaster Ride
New CD Celebrates Coalfield Resistance to Mountaintop Removal
Blair Mountain and the National Register of Historic Places
Ashford Yesterday, Today and Maybe Tomorrow?
Come Home to West Virginia? Buyer Beware!
Louv-ley Day in Charleston
Who Are They Kidding?
Web Extras:
Open Letter to Governor Manchin about Blair Mountain
Matewan, West Virginia

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Sludge Safety ProjectSlurry Lawsuit Settlers Frustrated With Wait for Money

by Julia Roberts Goad, excerpted from June 13, 2009, Williamson Daily News

Plaintiffs who have settled in a case against Massey Energy say they have been promised they would receive their money four times, but are yet to receive a check.

The case involves over 400 cases, which were consolidated into one class action lawsuit weeks ago by Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury. The plaintiffs are suing Rawl Sales, a subsidiary of Massey Energy, for polluting water in the Rawl area (via underground coal slurry injection). The suit claims there have been major, lasting medical problems caused by the contamination.

In May, Thornsbury ordered all the plaintiffs in the case to report to the Mingo County Courthouse, where each received a separate settlement offer.

Although most of the plaintiffs did not accept offers by Massey to settle out of court, approximately 200 did, and say they were told they would receive payment within 30 days.

"But we still havent gotten a check," one of the plaintiffs, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Daily News.

"It aint nothing but the runaround," another plaintiff said. "On April 24, they told us we would have our money within 30 days. But we still dont have it."

The plaintiffs say they have not been told the reason for the delay in releasing the checks.

"We have been told four times to come and get our money, but we still havent gotten it."

Some of the plaintiffs do not live nearby, and say that traveling back and forth to Mingo County is difficult.

"I cant afford to keep getting a room," a woman said. "I know a woman who has a baby, and she has been sleeping in her car in order to be here. We dont have any money. We cant keep doing this."

(Ed. Note: For those plaintiffs who have not settled, the trial is now set for Oct. 20, 2009.)


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