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January - February 2010 Mountain State Sierran

It's not just a lot of GAS in this issue of the Mountain State Sierran: see the Big News on PATH, a great speech by Senator Byrd, a petition drive by WVU students and our winter outings.

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Gas Development in the State Parks?

by Jim Sconyers, Chapter Chair
The last issue of Mountain State Sierran gave a full description of the threat gas field development poses to the entire West Virginia state park system. In short, if gas drilling is permitted in Chief Logan State Park, then Chief Logan and all the other state parks will be vulnerable to serious and severe degradation. In this issue, we encapsulate recent developments.

PATH Delay Creates Legislative Opportunity

by Jim Kotcon, Energy Committee Chair
There is an additional update on the PATH Powerline issue on our website. Big happenings in Maryland and Virginia!

Dunkard Creek Still Dead!

by Jim Kotcon
ConSol appeals on a DEP-mandated cleanup have made a bad situation much worse!

View from the Chair

by Jim Sconyers, Chapter Chair
Our Senator Byrd made an amazing speech in December. I would like our members to know what he had to say. Here is the speech in its entirety. J.S.

WVU Student Sierra Coalition Petitions University to Reject Coal Money

by Joe Gorman, WV Sierra Student Coalition
WVU SSC gets 1,000 signatures rejecting future donations to the University from coal corporations

Global Warming Rules

Read how the various legislative and regulatory Pieces Fit Together in regulating green house gases

Benefits of Hiking: Health and Intelligence?

There are numerous benefits from going on a hike, and there are also benefits "leading" Sierra Club outings!


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