E-Day! and Stop PATH Rally
From 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on E-Day!, please come to the Stop PATH Power Line Rally and Informational Meeting at the Women’s Club of Charleston, located on the corner of Elizabeth and Virginia Street.
PATH - Potomac-Allegheny Transmission Highline - is a proposed joint venture between American Electric Power Company (AEP) of Columbus, OH and Allegheny Energy Company of Greensburg, PA. PATH, if approved by regulatory agencies and constructed, would be a giant 765 Kilovolt electrical power transmission line that would run 290 miles from AEP’s John Amos power plant substation near St. Albans, W.Va., to a new substation near Frederick, MD. PATH would include a right-of-way swath 200 feet wide through farms and forests and other public and private properties, across a dozen or more West Virginia counties, through the state's Eastern Panhandle into Virginia and Maryland. The apparent purpose of PATH is to transfer coal-fueled electricity from the Ohio Valley to eastern cities near the Atlantic Coast.
Citizens Against PATH will have an informational table at the Capitol on E-day!, with maps, petitions against PATH and other information. For more information, contact Frank Young at email@example.com, or 304-372-3945. Read more about PATH in an article by E-Council president Danny Chiotos here.
Stay in Charleston for the E-Day! Benefit Reception Dinner & Award Presentation Ceremony, from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., also at the Women’s Club. Dinner served. Live music. Suggested donation at the door: $15.
March 12: Sludge Safety Project Lobby Day
OVEC's Cemetery Legislation
Read about the press conference we hosted last Thursday as the bills were introduced: WV Groups initiate Efforts to Protect Family Cemeteries.
We want to hear from you! Whether you have had a problem related to accessing or preserving your cemetery, or you have important historical data about a cemetery, and people buried there, your story is important; this is our cultural heritage and it is worth preserving!
March 22: Two
Authors Sign Their Books at Taylor Books
In Bringing Down the Mountains, southern West Virginia native Dr. Shirley Stewart Burns provides the first scholarly study about mountaintop removal's impact on the people and land and how we’ve gotten to this point. This well researched and highly readable book provides insight into how mountaintop removal has affected the people and the land of southern West Virginia. It examines the mechanization of the mining industry and the power relationships between coal interests, politicians and the average citizen. Bringing Down the Mountains reveals how a political system married to natural-resource extraction turns a blind eye to the irrevocable disfigurement of the earth while thousands of West Virginians suffer the consequences. OVEC's work is heavily featured in the book.
Bud Fultz grew up in Harlan County, Ky. and Raleigh County, W.Va. For accounts of conniving Kentucky and West Virginia politicians caught up in sex scandals and other sleaze, look no further than Fixing the Ungodly Mess. For stories about the coal industry’s onslaught on citizens and ecosystems, this book jolts. Fultz outlines a way to create tens of thousands of jobs in Kentucky and West Virginia while phasing out brutally efficient mountaintop removal mining.
Come meet both authors at this fun, educational book signing. We are asking people to invite their legislators to attend this event.
Clean Elections Meeting in Huntington
Why come? Are you: -Tired of elections paid for by the fat cats? -Appalled that the 2008 West Virginia legislative elections rang up over $4 million in campaign spending? -Amazed that some candidates for the West Virginia Legislature spend many times their annual legislative salary to get elected?-Angry that lobbyists often have more input into what ends up in a bill than the citizens the law affects? There is another way. Public financing makes for Clean Elections. Come to the meeting, get more information, or make plans to host a similar meeting near you -- contact Carol Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-847-5121.
27 - 29: Headwaters Gathering - Southern Appalachia at the
April 6 - 17: Near Your Home, Meet and
Educate Your Congressperson
OVEC is looking for commitments from folks who will meet with Congresspeople Rahall, Mollohan and Capito when they are in their home districts. We need to let our elected officials know that folks in West Virginia want green jobs! We have paid the price to industrialize the nation and now it's time to get something back. E-mail email@example.com if you want to be involved.
Last Child in the Woods Author Speaks in Charleston
Louv is chairman of the Children & Nature Network and the author of seven books. He is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal. Past recipients have included Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and Jimmy Carter. He has served as an adviser to the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award program, is a member of the Citistates Group, appears often on national radio and television programs, and speaks frequently in the United States and overseas. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers and magazines, and was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Parents magazine.