Starting in late 2009, Senator Byrd issued some strong statements calling out the abuses of the coal industry and warning West Virginians about the travesty of mountaintop removal. He noted the need to immediately diversify our economy while seriously addressing the challenges of climate change. Senator Byrd had long been concerned about coal slurry impoundments, but the recent statements showed the senator had heard our pleas about mountaintop removal and positioned himself as one of the Senate's most forward-looking denizens, despite his age.
It is up to Governor Joe Manchin to appoint someone to fill Senator Byrd's Senate seat. Please contact Governor Manchin to request that he appoint someone who will carry on the same kind of good work Senator Byrd recently started in regards to mining safety and regulatory issues and our need for economic and energy diversification and transition.
Mountain Keepers Music Festival
Musicians will include Ben Sollee, Michael and Carrie Kline, Duo Divertido, T. Paige Dalporto, 600 Lbs. of Sin, Patricia Ansley and Sara Lynch-Thompson. Please support these musicians and join their MySpace and Facebook fan pages.
The purpose of the concert, according to Kayford Mountain Keeper and OVEC board member Larry Gibson, is to "bring family and friends together for a weekend of celebrating West Virginia’s heritage and freedom." Festival organizers will have trained security present; all are invited to peacefully enjoy the event.
Stanley Heirs Park is located near Dawes, W.Va., about 35 minutes south of Charleston off of Interstate 64. Camping is available for free. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact MtKeepersFestival@Gmail.com.
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Beckley, W. Va.: The Soul of Coal
Ash Action Needed
the Future Back on Sundance
13-15: Community Leaders Training Weekend
Check OVEC's online calendar page for information on more events. Some of what you'll see includes:
July 24: 8:00 p.m.
Mountaintop Revival at the West Virginia State Theater.
Reverend Billy and the Mountaintop Gospel Choir celebrate in
West Virginia. Thier last Mountaintop Revival in New York
City was a call to action against Chase Bank and it's financing of
mountaintop removal. Now, in the heart of coal country, they're putting
on a revival of a different kind - a celebration:
July 30: The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is seeking public comments on ways to help make sure that coal mining doesn't damage streams. We'll have more on that in July. You can see more details now by clicking here and scrolling to the July 30 entry.
August 2: Deadline for submission of articles for the OVEC's September Winds of Change newsletter. Send submissions to email@example.com.
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