West Virginia Chapter

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West Virginia Environmental Issues

Water  Water Is Life - Keep It Clean  More at Water

Marcellus Gas Drilling and Fracking

   Marcellus Academy 2014. Learn about Marcellus gas issues, how to become a gas well watcher, and organizer in your community.

   June 21-22 at WV Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. All expenses covered. 2014 Marcellus Academy training event

   Marcellus Shale Gas Campaign

   Extensive Marcellus gas info here.

   Chapter Marcellus Organizer/Lobbyist: Chuck Wyrostok - wyro@appalight.com

Energy Efficiency - More at  How Energy Efficiency Can Work for West Virginia

   The Cheapest and Cleanest Way To Meet Our Energy Needs

   Contact Laura Yokochi (304-695-1523lyokochi@aol.com)

Mountaintop Removal and Coal Mining: More at Coal and Mountaintop Removal

In 2002, the Sierra Club hired a community organizer to work in the coalfield communities of Appalachia under the Club's Environmental Justice Program. (Environmental Justice/Beyond Coal: Bill Price 304-389-8822, bill.price@sierraclub.org).

King Coal has perpetuated a program of abusing the land, then abusing the people for over 100 years. Coalfield communities in southern West Virginia are subject to increased flooding, destruction of local clean water sources, the danger of over-weight coal trucks, decreasing value of personal property due to coal dust and living in the shadows of huge coal-sludge impoundments. Recent research has documented severe impacts to the health of coalfield residents as well.

Working with local communities to address these and other coalfield issues is Environmental Justice Staff Bill Price. To get involved contact Bill: (304) 389-8822, bill.price@sierraclub.org

West Virginia Wilderness Coalition:   Keeping the WILD in Wonderful West Virginia

The Coalition was initiated in 2001 and incorporated in 2013 by the West Virginia Sierra Club, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, and The Wilderness Society. More information can be found on the Coalition website www.wvwild.org, or by contacting one of the founding member organizations.

The West Virginia Wilderness Coalition is a proud partner in the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument initiative.  Join the movement to preserve one of the Mountain State's most special wild landscapes, a rich history and an unparalleled cultural heritage. 
Facebook: facebook.com/BirthplaceOfRivers
Twitter: twitter.com/BORMonumentWV
Instagram: @BirthplaceOfRivers

For more information on the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument campaign contact Mike Costello, Executive Director, WV Wilderness Coalition or visit the campaign website at www.birthplaceofrivers.org.