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Press Release Vivian Oct 24, 2017
OVEC Mourns Loss of Founder Dianne Bady
The staff and board of OVEC are grieved to announce the death of Dianne Bady, who founded the environmental and social justice organization in 1987. Dianne died on October 23, 2017.More
Issues: HealthMountaintop removalPipelinesPollutionRogersville Shale
Press Release Vivian Sep 19, 2017
Press Advisory for Sept. 20 Rally at FERC
Activists, homeowners, and farmers from communities nationwide threatened by pipelines and natural gas infrastructure will protest the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) plans to carry out President Trump’s dirty energy agenda. More
Issues: FERCPipelines
Press Release Vivian May 19, 2017
Groups Urge Citizens to Speak Up on Mountaintop Removal’s Impacts on Human Health
Three citizens’ groups that for decades have called for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining are urging their members and concerned citizens to speak up on the human health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining during a May 23 town hall meeting hosted by a study committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).More
Issues: HealthMountaintop removal
Press Release OVEC Apr 15, 2017
Peoples Climate March Sister Rally and March in Huntington, WV
Family friendly activities, speakers, music, information on local, regional, national, and global climate issues. Come out to Heritage Station and join in the march around the downtown area. Come celebrate your love for Huntington, the Ohio River, and the Earth!More
Issues: Climate change
Press Release Vivian Mar 10, 2017
OVEC Releases Renew West Virginia Special Edition Newspaper
What is our energy future? That’s the question addressed in a new publication from OVEC. Renew West Virginia examines the health and pollution impacts of the fracking boom, details fracking-related projects proposed for the Huntington area and explores the nationwide growth of renewable energy and related jobs, with a focus on the renewable energy efforts underway here.More
Issues: FrackingHealthPipelines
Press Release OVEC Feb 7, 2017
Press Release: West Virginia to Improve Oversight of Coal-mining Pollution
A federal review of West Virginia’s oversight of mountaintop-removal and surface coal mining has revealed persistent failures to enforce mandatory protections, such as water-quality standards, designed to protect people and the environment from controversial coal-mining practices.More
Issues: DEPMountaintop removal
Press Release OVEC Jan 6, 2017
Three Years After the Water Crisis: Where Are We Now?
On the 3rd anniversary of the Elk River chemical leak, three important stories convergeMore
Issues: Aboveground storage tanksPollutionWater
Press Release OVEC Jan 5, 2017
Fourth Circuit Court Affirms Clean Water Act Protections for West Virginia Families
Ruling Finds State Failed to Hold Coal Industry Accountable for Water Pollution, at Expense of Environment and CommunitiesMore
Issues: CoalPollutionWater
Press Release OVEC Dec 2, 2016
Community Groups Hold Pocahontas Land Corporation Accountable for Water Pollution from Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in Legal Settlement
Today, corporate landowner Pocahontas Land Corporation agreed in a legal settlement to apply for a Clean Water Act permit for its ongoing pollution at the former White Flame mountaintop removal mine in Mingo County, West Virginia.More
Issues: Mountaintop removalPollutionWV American Water
Press Release OVEC Nov 10, 2016
Media Advisory: Appalachia Stands with Standing Rock in Opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline!
We hold this action to stand in solidarity with Native Americans from more than 200 tribes, who have come together in unprecedented unity to defend the land, sacred sites, and water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).More
Issues: #noDAPLPipelinesWater
Press Release OVEC Aug 29, 2016
OVEC Announces New Executive Director; Keating Retiring After 24 Years With Citizen Group
An OVEC Press Release View this Press Release Online  —   For Immediate Release                                                                               August 29, 2016 Contacts: 304-522-0246 for Janet Keating janet@ohvec.org or Natalie Thompson natalie@ohvec.org OVEC Announces New Executive Director Keating Retiring After 24 Years With Citizen Group HUNTINGTON, W.VA. — After 24 years with the organization, nine of them at […]More
Issues: FrackingMountaintop removalPipelinesSocial justiceWest Virginia
Press Release OVEC Aug 19, 2016
Environmental Groups Secure Settlement from Coal Mine Owner to Restore Mining Sites Across West Virginia
The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, announced a $6 million stream restoration and reforestation settlement today with the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund (VCLF). More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalReclamation
Press Release OVEC Aug 4, 2016
Groups Unite to Protect Our Region From Fracked Gas and Related Infrastructure
During the last weekend of July, more than 50 leaders representing 26 organizations from 6 states gathered at the Southern Appalachian Labor School. They discussed ways to strengthen regional work around issues people face from fracked gas drilling, waste disposal and related infrastructure concerns, and they heard a keynote address from a member of a group that organized to defeat the Keystone XL pipeline.More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shalePipelinesRogersville Shale
Press Release OVEC Jul 1, 2016
Groups Secure Settlement Requiring Alpha Natural Resources to Fund Community Restoration Projects
Agreement modifies existing water treatment settlement and resolves the groups’ objections in Alpha’s bankruptcyMore
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalReclamationSocial justice
Press Release OVEC Jun 24, 2016
Drop-off locations in Huntington, Barboursville for flood-relief supplies
The City of Huntington and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) have established drop-off locations for supplies that will be distributed to flood victims in West Virginia. More
Issues: Climate changeHealthWV flood
Press Release OVEC Jun 3, 2016
Farmers Join Cowboy & Indian Alliance to Plant “Seeds of Resistance” along path of Atlantic Coast & Mountain Valley Pipelines
You are cordially invited to a gathering in Monroe County on Wednesday, June 8 at 9 a.m., during which sacred Indian Ponca corn will be planted in resistance to the MVP pipeline. This landmark event will take place at Patricia A. “Cookie” Cole’s Blue Roamin’ Farm, located near the Salt Sulphur Historic District. More
Issues: FrackingPipelines
Press Release OVEC May 20, 2016
Public excluded from FERC meeting, while industry reps are “invited guests”​
​FERC commissioners closed their regularly scheduled May 19 meeting to the public due to "security concerns," with just 16 hours' notice. They then held their meeting with members of the press and "invited guests," some of whom were representatives of the fossil fuel industry FERC is supposed to regulate.More
Issues: FERCPipelines
Press Release OVEC May 18, 2016
Mountain Valley Pipeline Would Impose $Billions in Costs on Local People, Communities, According to New Research
A new study by Charlottesville-based Key-Log Economics (“Economic Costs of the Mountain Valley Pipeline: Effects on Property Value, Ecosystem Services, and Economic Development in Virginia and West Virginia”) estimates the total cost to an eight-county region in southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia to $8.0 to $8.9 billion, in present value terms.More
Issues: FERCPipelinesWater
Corporate greed
Press Release OVEC May 10, 2016
Special Interests Win in Supreme Court Takeover
Wealthy special interests groups pulled off another victory in a West Virginia Supreme Court race. After spending more than $2 million in support of Beth Walker’s candidacy, these anonymous groups have duplicated the feat Don Blankenship pulled off 12 years ago.More
Issues: Social justiceWV Legislature
Press Release OVEC Feb 12, 2016
Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Authorization of Widespread Destruction of Protected Bat’s Habitat
Four conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authorizing logging and widespread destruction of habitat for northern long-eared bats, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act.More
Issues: CoalPipelines
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