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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

Sludge Safety ProjectGoodbye Patricia, Welcome Stephanie! - New Organizer Joins SSP Effort

by Tricia Feeney, former OVEC organizer, lifelong OVEC ally

We are pleased to welcome Stephanie Tyree as OVECs newest organizer and Sludge Safety Project Coordinator.

Stephanie Tyree, left with OVEC staff Carol Warren, Maria Gunnoe, Dianne Bady, Robin Blakeman and Patricia Fenney, at an organizing team meeting.

Tyree is returning to her home state of West Virginia after receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her law degree from New York University. 

She worked for two years as Environmental Policy Coordinator at WE ACT for Environmental Justice in New York, and we are thrilled that she is bringing her experience and skills to the OVEC team.

Over the past four years, it has been an absolute privilege for me to organize for OVEC and to be a part of the Sludge Safety Project. I have now stepped down as Sludge Safety Project Coordinator and am pursuing a new path toward rural primary medical care. 

Although it has been anything but easy to leave a place that has felt like home and to say good-bye to so many inspiring and loving people, something in me knows this is right, and I am excited to see how OVEC will grow in the coming years. 

The Sludge Safety Project team, including the SSP Citizen Committee, Coal River Mountain Watch, the WV Environmental Council and countless allies, has made real success possible. With the momentum we have created around the issues of public health and clean water, now is the perfect time for the new energy, creativity and fresh,


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