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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

Join the Cemetery Protection Group And Help Find Long-Term Solutions

On August 9, nine concerned citizens and faith community leaders met in Charleston to strategize methods to enhance cemetery preservation throughout West Virginia. The group included people who have had long-term ongoing problems with cemetery access and desecration, as well as people who are just beginning to experience these problems.

We updated one another on current legislative and

community contacts relevant to cemetery preservation. Next, Sierra Clubs Bill Price led us through a strategy-planning process, during which we assessed our resources, values, and allies.

We then set goals, including:

V Law enforcement officers (county and state) will become educated about and fulfill their duties related to cemetery protection.

V Legislature will pass cemetery protection bills and remove an interpretive exemption clause in the current legal code.

V Legislature will appropriate funds and mandate on-the-ground cemetery surveys.

V General public will become much more active in the campaign.

V Coal companies will follow the cemetery protection legal code.

As you can see, we have some ambitious goals, but we all agree that cemetery preservation is an issue in which we can, and must, prevail!

Our goal is to gather a much larger group of spokespeople and concerned citizens around the issue of cemetery preservation. We hope to soon do targeted mailings to increase the number of people in our networks.

Weve yet to decide on a definite name for our group; we have considered calling ourselves the Cemetery Preservation Group (CPG). We are also exploring the idea of developing a blog on the OVEC website that would be specifically for sharing cemetery stories. So, stay tuned for more news related to cemetery preservation.

If you would like to be included in this group or are interested in helping with this issue in any way, please contact Robin Blakeman at (304) 840-4877 or robin@ohvec.org.

We certainly need anyone who values cultural and cemetery protection in our state.


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