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October 2009

Major News: EPA May Do Its Job!
DEP Biologist: Agency Chief Huffmans Testimony to Congress Was Ill Informed

Thinking About Your Legacy: An Open Letter from Dr. Ken Hechler

Reflecting on EPAs Announcement
JOBS in the Coalfields, the Right Way
Families in Mingo Co. Sue Over Flooding
Asking the Highest Court in the Land to Hear Our Case
Dear Friends at OVEC
Lindytown - Threats, Dead Horses and Shattered Dreams As the Draglines Creep Ever Closer
Lindytown - From Nice Little Mountain Town to Virtual Ghost Town
EPA Moves to Block WVs Largest MTR Mining Permit
Corps Approves Controversial Permit Despite EPAs Objections
The Trail of Tears - History Is Repeating Itself in WV
Policy Efforts on Family Cemetery Protection Issues
Join the Cemetery Protection Group And Help Find Long-Term Solutions
Awareness is Where Its At
Please Pray for Webster County
Cook Family Cemeteries: Ancestors No Longer Rest In Peace Due to Mountaintop Removal Mining
Coal Slurry: New York Times Nails Clean Water Act Crimes (Many) and Punishment (None)
Victory! Public Water Lines Finally Coming to Prenter
Goodbye Patricia, Welcome Stephanie! - New Organizer Joins SSP Effort
WVU Studying Effects of Coal Slurry Injection on Health
Working to Reduce Coal Prep Plant Air Pollution
Six Southern WV Communities to Benefit from EPA Grant
Judge Thornsbury Disqualified from Presiding in Slurry Injection Case
Coal Country - the movie: Film Debuts To Packed Crowd After Concerns Almost Cancel Showing
Help End MTR and Help Coal Country Have a Party!
OVEC: Power With!
What Happens In Valleys Is As Important As What Happens On Mountain Peaks
Plundering Appalachia - The Book, Is Here!
Chemicals and Their Dangers Force People From Kanawha Valley
Clean Elections - Saving WV From Future Scandals
Why Manchin and Co. Dont Care About Health in the Coalfields
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Carbon Tax: Our ACES in the Hole for Real Change
Report: Global Warming Causes 300,000 Deaths A Year, Toll to Increase
Remembering Conley Branch - May It Always Be In My Heart
United Against MTR:
Red Bandanas, Dreadlocks, Clean-Cut, Old Folks and Young
TV News Fails to Cover Mountaintop Removal Well, Or At All
Nominations for OSM Chief
University Divesting of Massey Stock, Others May Follow
Toxic Legislation: Selenium at the Legislature; OVEC Appeal to EPA

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

The Trail of Tears - History Is Repeating Itself in WV

by Katheryne Hoffman, Ansted Historic Preservation Council

How long does it take to eliminate a group of people from an area?

Remember how Andrew Jackson did it when he moved the Cherokee people from their homeland in Appalachia?  The only difference in what happened then, and what is happening now, is that the removal of the Cherokee was a forced march. 

Today, to remove people from an area, one first destroys their homeland by removing the mountains and filling the valleys. The air and water are poisoned, trees and vegetation are removed, wildlife disappears and the culture vanishes.

This is not a forced march, but the devastation of first one hollow, then the next, then the next mountain and the next ridge, until an entire range of mountains has disappeared. 

Soon, the companies no longer must be granted permits, obey the Clean Water Act, notify citizens regarding blasting or fulfill any governmental obligations to the public, as if they ever did. 

When a people become demoralized and hopeless, they are easy prey for political maneuvering. They are susceptible to the rantings of the likes of Don Blankenship and his bought and paid for cronies.  These people would have one believe that the only future for West Virginia is coal.

If coal is the only answer, why has China put 40 percent of its stimulus monies into clean energy as opposed to the 15 percent the US has committed? 

The greatest legacy our President and West Virginias congressional delegation could leave the future citizens of this state is to follow suit. 

Instead, they are being led by Don Blankenship, Ted Nugent, and Bocephus. What role models! 

Some of us have been trying to save the Gauley Mountain range since 1991. We have written letters, signed petitions, asked for help from the WV DEP, done flyovers, held meetings, had Blessings for the Mountains, been menaced by Friends of Coal on four-wheelers and in pick-up trucks, visited our Congressmen and travelled to DC. 

We continue our fight.  As Churchill said, "We shall fight on land and on sea; we shall fight on the beaches ... WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER." 


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