***Save the date*** Join us once again to help keep our watershed clean. The times currently listed are approximations. Details will be updated closer to the event.
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WV DEP) has scheduled a public hearing for Mountaineer Gas Company, Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project (WVR310880).
The purpose of the hearing is to take comments on the draft permit that will cover the discharge of stormwater during construction activities.
A hearing has been scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at:
Berkeley Springs High School
149 Concord Avenue
Berkeley Springs, WV 25441
Oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearing. After the public hearing, the comment period will be extended until 8 p.m. on Friday, January 19th, 2018.
A copy of the electronic draft permit can be obtained by calling Sharon Mullins, Division of Water & Waste Management, (304) 926-0499, ext. 1132; or by e-mailing Sharon.A.Mullins@WV.Gov.
Mountaineer Gas has submitted their proposal to the WV Dept of Environmental Protection for a WV General Water Pollution Control Permit for the construction of 23 miles of pipeline construction in Morgan and Berkeley Counties of WV.
On behalf of regional residents, Potomac River Keepers Network has submitted a request for a Public Hearing. We are encouraging everyone to also request a public hearing in their comments as well.
We need you to flood their office with public comments on why you believe this permit should not be issued and that a public hearing is needed You can send your written comments to address below They must be received in their office by Nov 25th!
Or, you may email them to Sharon Mullins at Sharon.A.Mullins@wv.gov
Please put in the Subject Line: EPEP Permit # WVR310880 Public Comment
Director Division of Water and Management DEP
ATTN: Sharon Mullins, Permitting Section
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304-2345
You must include:
the Permit Registration Number WVR310880
Your name, address and phone number
A concise statement on why you believe this permit should not be granted.
Below are some general points you can add to your letter.
This permit is for 23 miles of pipeline construction through Morgan and Berkeley Counties.
It has the potential to impact 14 wetlands, 1 pond, and 67 streams, including "high quality" streams, such as Back Creek, Sleepy Creek, Dry Run, Cherry Run, Warm Springs Run
The Horizontal Drilling Method MGC says it will use for high quality streams is controversial in its safety to our water. Just this passed summer, the Rover pipeline spilled over 2 million gallons of drilling mud and diesel fuel into their wetlands.
The Mariner 2 East Pipeline in PA has ruined 15 residential wells due to an intrusion into the aquifer from HDD methods. The pipeline company, Sunoco has agreed to hook these residents up to public water supply, but they have lost their well water.
We are at high risk for underground aquifer contamination and pollution spreading to local well water due to the Karst geographical formations in our region.
On October 14th, at 12 p.m. environmental advocates, Maryland legislators and concerned citizens will be hosting Hands Across the Potomac to call on Governor Hogan to reject a fracked gas pipeline being built underneath the Potomac River. West Virginia and Maryland residents will stand hand in hand in solidarity across the James Rumsey Bridge that connects Sharpsburg, Maryland and Shepherdstown, WV to show their opposition to the proposed pipeline. Please use the Eventbrite link above to RSVP for this event.
Directions and Parking:
You may park in lots C or K on the Shepherd University campus, lots adjacent to Shepherd’s Ram Stadium. When approaching from N. Duke Street, turn onto N. King Street to enter the parking lot.
GPS directions: Ram Stadium, WV-480, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Our meeting point is a few steps away on the grassy knoll on North King Street, next to Erma Ora Byrd Hall. From there, we will march together to the James Rumsey Bridge (a 5-10 minute walk) which sits over the Potomac River.
Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated each year by indigenous peoples who inhabit Turtle Island, it is also celebrated by other societies and organizations around the world. Indigenous Peoples day is a movement that started long ago to demonstrate resistance against the colonization and slavery and genocide imposed by the United States, Canada, the Catholic church, Spain, Portugal and others that have illegally entered and took over inhabited land and divided our tribal nations and territories and drastically reduced our populations since 1492. Today we seek acknowledgement, respect, understanding and equality in a world of hate and discrimination.
This event will demonstrate singing, dancing, and cultural foods. This is a chance to learn about the wide array of different nations and languages and cultures that are indigenous to Turtle Island. So please come out and celebrate this day with us!
Join friends and neighbors at a celebration and informational workshop to save the Greenbrier River! While we break bread, you'll have a chance to learn more about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 42 inch 1500 PSI natural gas pipeline project set to cross the river in Summers County. We will have information on how you can help stop this dangerous and unnecessary disruption of a unique and precious watershed. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Donation suggested.
This event is located at the 4-H Camp in Summers County, also known as Camp Summers. Address:
711 4-H Camp Rd, Forest Hill, WV 24935
Sweet Springs Park Foundation,
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy,
West Virginia Citizen Action Group, and
Please join us for a screening of the film "Pipeline Fighters" on Wed., September 27th, 7pm, at the Opera House in Shepherdstown, WV. The film tells the story of real people resisting the big corporations trying to build 42inch Mountain Valley Pipeline through WV and SW Virginia, "Virginians speak out against environmental predation. Fusing testimonials of lamentation, defiance and resolve in a scathing examination of fossil fel infrfastructure projects, hydraulic fracturing, climate change and use of eminent domain in the service of corporate profits". . ..........https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnTLqnUrsdA
Help protect the Greenbrier River Watershed from pipelines!
The Greenbrier is proposed to be crossed by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at Clover Lick and the Mountain Valley Pipelines at Pence Springs. We don't need all these pipelines in our watershed!
Join us on Sept. 16th at 12pm-1:30pm in Clover Lick and/or at 5:00pm-6:30pm in Pence Springs to say we are not OK with being double crossed!! There will be speakers and information on how you can get involved in protecting the Greenbrier River from pipelines.
The purpose of this meeting is to connect people who oppose the proposed Mountaineer Gas pipeline. We will brainstorm actions to take in Jefferson County to make the residents aware of the potential dangers involved with such a project. We will also discuss strategy ideas for July's town council meeting in Shepherdstown, where the pipeline will be a topic.
The Flood never came to Standing Rock, so let's bring the Flood to the United Nations.
From April 24th to May 5th the United Nations in New York City is holding the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, also known as PFII. Typically, these forums lack Native American representation, and often have Non-Natives speaking on behalf of Natives and their issues. This ends now.
For two weeks, we need to show New York, The UN, and the world that Indigenous People are here, and can speak for themselves.
The world will not forget what happened at Standing Rock. The world will no longer ignore the conditions on reservations, and the issues effecting indigenous people around the globe. 3/4 of the world's population are indigenous, and it's time they stop forgetting that.
There are multiple levels of events within this forum, some more exclusive than others. We want to come out in full force at every level. From top to bottom. From panels at the UN headquarters to flash mob round dances in Time Square, we are going to Flood New York City.
Whether you are registered for the forum or not, we are asking for all indigenous people and allies to come to New York City and show your support. As the strongest of warriors take the United Nations to speak, they will have the support of their brothers and sisters outside, praying, singing, marching and standing in solidarity.
Thousands came to Standing Rock. Thousands came to DC. And we can do the same in New York City.
We are planning a plethora of events, from demonstrations, to speaking engagements, to gatherings and dances and celebrations. For two weeks, let's make New York City our new home.
More details to come as this develops and grows.
If you would like to register your own group for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) in New York City. http://bit.ly/PFIIRegistration
Deadline March 30th 2017
Inexpensive Bus resources :
Celebrate Earth Day! An uplifting film by Sellus Wilder. Free coffee and donuts. Presented by the Marcellus Shale Play Project and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.
We are thrilled to be hosting a satellite March for Science! Join us from 10am until 11am on Woodburn Circle on the WVU campus for terrific speakers & kids' activities. The March will launch at 11am from North High Street (by the Mountainlair Green) and end at Hazel Memorial Park. Come celebrate your love for science!
(There is a parking garage "under" the Mountainlair that is convenient to both Woodburn Circle and the launch point of the march.)
More info can be found at our blog ( http://march4sciencewv.blogspot.com/) including downloadable flyers and the WV sponsors who stand with us in celebration of science.
Why do you celebrate science? Please share your story by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are so many reasons to celebrate science in WV. Help us collect stories across the state of what science means to us.
Please call for times
Join us for "Marcellus Shale," a play by Paul Zimet and Ellen Maddow, at 8:00pm on April 21 & 22, 2017, at the Alban Arts and Conference Center. Tickets--$15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students--are available by calling (304) 721-4174. Proceeds benefit the Ohio Valley Environmental Council and WVSORO.
WVU’s Native American Studies
& Leadership Studies Programs Welcome
STANDING ROCK SIOUX CHAIRMAN
DAVE ARCHAMBAULT, II
Chairman Archambault’s leadership was highlighted this past year as citizens of Standing Rock, fellow American Indians, and thousands of other supporters of Indigenous rights rose in unprecedented collective opposition to the oil pipeline construction that has already desecrated sacred sites and risks contaminating the nearby Missouri River. People from around the globe watched as the international spotlight illuminated the resistance of the Standing Rock Water Protectors, strengthening the call for respect of indigenous rights, tribal sovereignty, and the U.S. Government’s obligation for official consultation on matters affecting Native peoples. Chairman Archambault heightened worldwide attention in September as he testified before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Chairman will be on campus during the last week in March. His WVU talk and welcome reception take place Tuesday, March 28 in the Life Sciences Building, Room G15, Downtown Campus. The reception begins at 6:30 and the presentation follows at 7:00 pm; both are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the upper level of the Mountainlair Parking Garage after 5:00 pm.
Chairman Archambault’s visit is co-sponsored by the WVU Leadership Studies Program’s Puskar Leadership Fund and the Native American Studies Program’s Carolyn Reyer Endowment for Native American Studies. Mr. Archambault’s presentation keynotes this spring’s series of activities celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Leadership Studies.
Are you ready to take action against extreme pollution with?
Join us for this awesome training from special guest and long-time Headwaters Defense volunteer, Jackson!
Come to an interactive training on the theory and strategy of non-violent action. We will talk about the history of direct action in grassroots movements and discuss the theory of non-violent resistance.
We will train participants in a variety of direct action tactics and decide which ones could be applied in our efforts to defend clean water and community health in Fayette County.
We will talk about the various roles necessary in any direct action scenario and will provide training for those who wish to fill vital support roles such as Action Media, Legal, Medical, Worker and Community Liaisons and Direct Support.
We are growing a mass movement to defend the land and water and protect our communities. We know we need a diversity of tactics and we know that everyone has a role to play.
Come learn, share, and connect to help us build a stronger movement!
These principles can be useful for other causes as well!
NEED A RIDE? Let us know!
Join us to learn more about the types of shale gas that are under our land (Marcellus and Utica). We will also discuss modern drilling and extraction techniques as well as how gas is transported from production to market (pipelines). What will you do when the "landmen" arrive to try to lease your minerals? Do you know what "fracking" is? What is our WV legislature up to in this session? A light breakfast and delicious lunch will be provided by Oakwyn Farms.