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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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Winds of Change Newsletter, August 2009     See sidebar for table of contents

Byrds Eye View: Staffers Get Close-Up Views of Mountain Range Removal

More irreversible damage to the Coal River watershed: At the Bull Creek mine, a double valley fill with what used to be a "natural" ridge in between. Photo by Teresa Perdue

On June 17, Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) announced that several staff members from his Charleston and Washington, D.C. offices were on a three-day fact-finding tour to view mountaintop-removal mining operations firsthand.

The staff met with OVEC members from Mingo, Lincoln, Raleigh and Boone counties, all of whom have generations of ties to the coal industry and all of whom abhor what mountaintop removal is doing to their people and the land.

Thanks so much to the OVEC folks and others who led Byrds staff on eye-opening tours!

If the staff members accurately process what they saw and heard, they will have a greater understanding of

the huge hidden costs associated with mountaintop removal coal mining from flooding to lost communities, from lost economic potential of the mountains to the huge costs of poisoned streams and drinking water.

The staff also met with coal industry representatives. A flyover of several mountaintop removal sites was arranged through SouthWings.

In a statement, Byrd said the staff would "discuss concerns expressed to my office about the impact of mountaintop mining and the severity of damage from the recent floods ...

"I believe it is imperative for my staff and me to hear from all interested parties in West Virginia as we move forward on this debate."


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