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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

Please Pray for Webster County

Webster County advertises itself as West Virginias "Mountain Playground." But no one is going to want to play there if two large mountaintop removal proposals move forward. International Coal Group has 8,000 acres slated for mining in the Grassy Creek, Jumbo, and Diana area.

This will take out the entire Elk Mountain range and be visible all along the now beautiful Holly River Road (Route 15).

This is a location where many people have vacation cabins as well as 100-year-old homes. In addition, Massey Energy has plans to mine 12,000 acres in the northern end of the county, which will be visible from Hodam Mountain and parts of Holly River State Park.

In early April, OVEC placed an ad in the Webster Echo, including a photograph of what people can expect to see if these sites fall victim to mountaintop removal. Members of the community are upset that the County Commission would encourage the ruin of Websters tourism industry the only long-term business interest in the county at present.

People have been sending e-mails to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, protesting these permits and the huge scale of destruction they would cause.

Please help us oppose these permits by e-mailing her at jackson.lisa@epa.gov.

Agnes Insley, a woman in her eighties and member of St. Anne Church in Webster Springs, sent the following letter to the Webster Echo:

"Jesus loved the mountains. Before dawn, he would go up to the mountains and pray. Now the coal companies are trying to get permits for Mountain Top Removal, which means they will take out all the trees and ruin the soil so nothing will ever grow there again. When the rains come the soil will wash down and fill our streams and ruin our drinking water. I just know God isnt going to let that happen and it wont if we all pray and do the right thing."


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