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September 2010
Contents

Streams and the Lives That Depend on Them Win One
Nationwide Permit 21s Minimal Impact Given the Boot
Wind Energy:
Get Local With It
Making A Stand in Twilight
Selenium Lawsuits Target MTR Mines at Twilight, Catenary, Others; Highlight Serious Problem for Entire Coal Industry
MTR Continues to Destroy Mountains and Communities in WV
Much-Lauded Strict Mountaintop Mining Guidelines Not So Strict
Judge Says Patriot Coal, DEP Failing to Curb Selenium Violations
SSP Makes Presentations at Legislative Hearings
SSP-Prompted Study Shows Need to Know More About Slurry Injection
United Nations Declares Clean Water A Fundamental Human Right
Summer with the Sludge Safety Project
Sculptor Donates Original Work for Fundraising Effort
SSP Needs YOU!
OVEC Sends Delegation to Detroit for the US Social Forum
Tennessee University Students Clean Boone County Cemeteries
EPA Addresses Environmental Justice
Lindytown Memorial Service Held
Youth Build It Up, West Virginia!
Hot Off The Press: Our Cemetery Preservation Brochure
Eating For OVEC and Raising $$$
Revving Up the Campaign to End MTR
Cemetery Damaged by Gas Company Reconsecrated
Self Care Essential to Saving Mountains, So Take the Time
Thomas Kincaid Honored with the Steven J. Ferguson Award
Gasland, the Movie, Comes to WV - And It's Not A Good Thing
Members Growing OVEC
WV Clean Elections Pilot Project Gets Underway
New York Times Reports on Spruce No. 1 Controversy in West Virginia
We Comment to the EPA on Spruce No. 1 Permit
Coal Industry Costs WV State Budget $97.5 Million More Than It Generates
Mr. White Goes to Washington
Study of Energy Expansion Fund Mandated by WV Legislature
Global Warming / Climate Instability in the Mountain State
Civil Society Institute Study Details Path for Breaking Away from Dirty Energy
10/10/10 - The Day To Act Up on the Global Climate Crisis
Appalachia Rising! Voices from the Mountains converging on DC
Update on Efforts to Preserve Blair Mountain from Further Damage
The Coal Truth: Whipple Company Store
Go Tell It With A Television Ad
Ghana Group Amazed at Destruction Allowed by MTR
Removing Mountains and Tourism, Not A Good Combination


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Winds of Change Newsletter, September 2010     See sidebar for table of contents

Update on Efforts to Preserve Blair Mountain from Further Damage

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the Sierra Club have learned that archeological sites on West Virginias historic Blair Mountain are being destroyed.

The legendary 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain was a clash of 10,000 people, with coal miners rising up against coal barons in defense of their right to unionize and exercise their civil liberties. It was the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War and the biggest labor struggle in American history. In 2006, Blair Mountain was listed on the National Trusts list of Americas 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

On December 30, 2009, the National Park Service removed the Blair Mountain Battlefield from the National Register of Historic Places, after coal industry lawyers argued fiercely for the de-listing. The NPS said the de-listing was necessary due to a procedural error in calculating the percentage of property owners who objected to the sites listing.

Recently, archeologists provided proof that localized but highly detrimental disturbances have occurred at five locations in the southern part of Blair Mountain the Blair Gap area.

As bulldozers from an unknown source destroyed these archeological sites, the National Trust, OVEC and Sierra Club filed a petition with the National Park Service to re-list Blair Mountain on the National Register of Historic Places. In late July, the petition was denied. We are examining all options, including litigation.

"Preserving Blair Mountain is a priority for me because its a matter of respect for West Virginians, especially those of us who grew up in the coalfields," said OVEC board member Regina Hendrix, who has been active in the Blair Mountain preservation efforts for many years.

We also appreciate the dedication of OVEC member Brandon Nida, a PhD candidate in archeology at the University of California-Berkeley, who has spent the last few years researching and working to preserve Blair Mountain.

Learn more at www.friendsofblairmountain.org and www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQfMfG_tpsA.

 

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