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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: PipelinesWater
Press Release OVEC Aug 29, 2016
OVEC Announces New Executive Director; Keating Retiring After 24 Years With Citizen Group
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Issues: FrackingMountaintop removalPipelinesSocial justice
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 bankruptcy More
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 changeHealth
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
Press Release OVEC Feb 9, 2016
38 WV Citizen Groups Reach Out To Flint: “We Are With You”
Joint Letter Notes Similar Underlying Problems and Government Inattention to Infrastructure; WV Groups Also Warn of Ongoing Effort in WV Legislature to Water Down Post-Crisis Reforms More
Issues: Social justiceWater
Press Release OVEC Feb 8, 2016
Media Advisory: Tuesday Press Conf @ State Capitol: Citizen Groups Unite for Water Justice
Press Conference: Citizen Groups Unite for Water Justice: Citizens Demanding Government Accountability for Protection of Safe Drinking Water; 37 Groups Release Solidarity Letter from West Virginians to the citizens of Flint, Michigan More
Issues: Social justiceWater
Press Release OVEC Jan 14, 2016
Shale and Pipelines: What the Frack is Going On in Putnam County?
Our neighbors up north have experienced an assault on their land, air, water, health and way of life with the rapid rise and expansion of unconventional deep shale oil and gas drilling, waste disposal and associated infrastructure. Come meet your neighbors and discuss these issues. More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus ShalePipelinesRogersville Shale
July 16: Freedom Industries tank farm demolition underway.
Press Release OVEC Jan 8, 2016
Opportunity to Interview residents that were, and still are, impacted by the chemical spill two years ago.
Contact: Bill Price,, 304-389-8822 Concerned Families, Impacted Residents Gather to Observe Second Anniversary of West Virginia Chemical Spill at Exact Time Spill was Finally Reported Chemical used in coal processing poisoned water for 300,000 WV residents Charleston, WV—This Saturday, concerned families and impacted residents will gather to mark the second anniversary of a chemical spill on Elk River, just two miles above the water treatment plant near Charleston, which contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 residents in central and southern West Virginia. Communities in coal mining areas are faced with the dangers of water pollution from coal mining every day. This spill pulled back the curtain on the coal industry's widespread and risky use of dangerous chemicals, and serves as an important reminder that coal-related pollution poses a serious danger to nearby communities. A group of locally impacted residents will be available for questions at the site of the spill, at the exact time that the tragedy occurred two years ago. Though the tanks are gone from the site, the effects remain. What: Opportunity to Interview residents that were, and still are, impacted by the chemical spill two years ago. Where: Scene of the spill, Freedom Industries 1015 Barlow Dr., Charleston, WV 25311 When: 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016 (the spill was reported to the hotline at 12:05 p.m. two years ago) Who: Kate Flack, Charleston resident, new mother Diane Strickland, owner of Sugar and Spice Bakery in Charleston and others Sponsored by Sierra Club, WV Rivers, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Advocates for a Safe Water System. ### More
Issues: MCHMWaterWV American Water
Press Release OVEC Jan 7, 2016
Report: Two Years After Elk River Chemical Spill, West Virginia American Water (WVAW) Unprepared to Deal With Another Major Crisis
Public Takeover of Charleston Area Water Supply Urged to Boost Accountability, Hold Down Rate Hikes, Reduce Disruptions & Promote More Infrastructure Investment. More
Issues: MCHMPollutionWaterWV American Water
Press Release OVEC Jan 7, 2016
Two Years After Elk River Chemical Spill
Two years after Elk River chemical spill: report to show serious unresolved water issues remain in West Virginia More
Issues: MCHMPollutionWater
Fracking Rig
Press Release OVEC Dec 18, 2015
Groups Gather to Tackle Gas Concerns
West Virginians facing crucial quality of life issues with the onslaught of the deep shale oil and gas industry are banding together for the sake of their communities. More
Issues: FrackingHealthMarcellus ShalePipelinesRogersville Shale
Press Release OVEC Nov 30, 2015
West Virginia Groups Oppose Morrisey’s Attack on the Clean Power Plan
Citing numerous health studies plaintiffs insist the need for CPP is now. More
Issues: CoalEnergyMountaintop removalPollution
Press Release Dianne Bady Nov 24, 2015
WV Groups Seek to End Water Pollution at Shuttered Mines
Environmental groups including Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Sierra Club initiated legal action today to stop pollution from three valley fills at the site of the now “reclaimed” White Flame mountaintop removal mine. More
Issues: Mountaintop removalPollution
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