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August 2009
Contents

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

Come Home to West Virginia? Buyer Beware!

In 2007, Patsy Tomlin and Kelly Williams were living in Alaska, but looking to return to and retire in Kellys home state of wild and wonderful West Virginia. They were excited about building their dream home and enjoying the serenity and beauty of the Mountain State.

In the spring of 2008, they found a beautiful 40-acre tract of land in Nicholas County, WV.  The listing (Field and Stream Real Estate) noted that the land would be the "ideal place for a hunting club or camp or as your new address." 

The real estate agent and the selling owners were well aware of the plans that Williams and Tomblin had in mind in making this property their retirement place, and they closed on the sale of the land that June.

Unbeknownst to the new owners, however, the property was located within 1,000 feet of a proposed mountaintop removal site that will be developed, leased, owned, mined, or operated by the coal companies (Peters Creek, Amvest, and/or Consol and/or their subsidiaries).

Also unbeknownst to Tomblin and Williams, the coal companies planned to construct a coal haul road directly beside the subject property. The proposed coal haul road sits within 20 feet of a residence constructed by the new owners.

After they discovered the disheartening truth about the proximity of the haul road to their dream home, Tomblin and Williams were led to believe by company representatives that the companies would buy their property from them or even trade them for "riverfront property," plus offer additional land leasing options in other areas of West Virginia.

The company has offered $130,000 to purchase the property. When this offer was made, the new owners had already spent over  $300,000 in building materials, land and expenses.

The companies involved have not followed through with their promises to help rectify the situation, so Tomblin and Williams decided to file suit against the coal companies and the real estate agent in order to find some justice in their situation.  They are being represented by Rist Law Offices of Beckley, WV.

Lets make it clear to our governor and our representatives: If we truly want people to "Come Home to West Virginia," we must preserve the peace, quiet, and beauty of the mountains that we promise them. 

At the very least, let us alert our friends and relatives to the pitfalls and loopholes of buying land near potential mountaintop removal sites.

(Ed. Note: The factual information for this article was gathered from the complaint filed June 29, 2009, in Nicholas County Circuit Court.)

 

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