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October 2009
Contents

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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University Divesting of Massey Stock, Others May Follow

Roane County Catholic worker Jeannie Kirkhope hosts university students from across the United States for service-oriented alternative Spring Breaks each year.

The students who stay with her learn about mountaintop removal from labor history activist Wess Harris and OVEC and WV Highlands Conservancy members. Kirkhope writes:

"I just got e-mails from a couple students from Santa Clara University (California) who have been here for Spring Break in the past. Their schools new president met with them today to tell them that SCU has divested from Massey. This has been four years in the making tours and talks when they are here and at school; students going back year after year to talk to assorted administrators; writing letters to the editor, doing presentations and starting Mountain Mondays, when they all wear their I Love Mountains t-shirts on the same day around campus to raise awareness... Our hope is now to get the rest of the schools to follow suit!"

OVEC staffer Carol Warren notes that assorted faith community members are applauding efforts such as these, and she is encouraging the universities to mostly divest, but to hold onto a couple shares so that university representatives can attend shareholder meetings and participate in stockholder resolutions for more environmentally-friendly business practices.

In his 2009 State of the University speech, SCU president Father Michael Engh, said:

"Presidents receive many kinds of letters. They address a wide range of issues, and an early one caught my eye. Two students, Douglas Wheeler and Julia Mock, wrote to protest the universitys investment in a company noted for environmental degradation.

"Massey Energy mines coal through a process of mountaintop removal, a process witnessed by the students during an immersion trip to Appalachia. In my inquiries, I learned from the president of Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia that, yes, Massey Energy causes widespread damage to the environment in that state. This was corroborated by the research of a student intern in Environmental Studies. From our Finance Office I learned that the university did hold a small amount of stock in the company.

"This investment had been made unknowingly and it contradicted our ethical guidelines for investment. Once aware of this error, we divested. I thank the Finance Office staff, and the students, for such environmental responsibility."

 

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