National Protest of K-XL Pipeline in Washington DC

by Duane Nichols on April 24, 2014

'Cowboys & Indians' Protest Keystone XL

‘Cowboys And Indians’ Stake Out The National Mall To Protest Keystone XL

From the Huffington Post, April 23, 2014.  See 18 pictures here.


Reject and Protect: Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

From Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, April 18, 2014

The Keystone XL fight is nearing the final phase: President Obama is expected to decide in the next few months whether or not this giant tar sands oil pipeline is in America’s national interest.

As Bill McKibben has written, some of the “final arguments” are coming “from the two groups that have fought longest and most powerfully: ranchers and farmers along the route, and Native Americans on both sides of the border.”

Starting April 22nd, this so-called “Cowboy Indian Alliance” is holding a week-long encampment of tipis and horses on the National Mall. On Saturday, April 26th, thousands of people will join them in DC for a “tipi” march to send a final, unmistakable message to President Obama: It’s time to reject Keystone XL and protect our land, water and climate.

Sign up here to join the Reject and Protect march on April 26th.


Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline: The Reject & Protect Mobilization.

From the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, April 16, 2014

This alliance of ranchers, farmers and tribal communities are setting up a week-long encampment to make it clear to President Obama that we are fighting for our water, our climate, our future.

Reject & Protect will set-up 20 tepes outside the White House to plant the critical issues surrounding Keystone XL on President Obama’s doorstep — it’s going to be a powerful and exciting display of power, like nothing Washington, DC has seen before.

Then on Saturday, April 26, thousands of like-minded people ( like you ) will join them for a huge rally at the White House to make our voices heard as the deadline nears for President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Van tickets available at More info from Jim Sconyers at or phone 304.698.9628.

Say “NO to Keystone XL Pipeline” See here for more information.



WV Surface Owners Newsletter Available

by Duane Nichols on April 23, 2014

WV-SORO Spring Newsletter Online

From Julie Archer, WV-SORO, April 22, 2014

The Spring 2014 edition of Surface Owners’ News is now available on the website.

In this issue:

  • WV-DEP’s Non-Response to Horizontal Well Act Studies
  • Concerns about NORMs (Radioactive Materials)
  • WV-DEP Stonewalls Citizen Concerns on Ritchie County Injection Well
  • Groups Seek Shut Down of Problem Waste Disposal Site
  • WV-SORO, Allies Intervene in Stormwater Permit Appeal
  • Litigation Update

Click here to read the newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Now Thru June 2
Webinar Series: Fracking, Natural Gas and Maternal Health
Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Health
For more information or to register click here

May 21, 2014
3rd Annual Enhancing Public Understanding of Natural Gas Issues Conference, Morgantown, WV
Sponsored by the WVU Extension Service
Registration Deadline: May 7
More InfoClick here for the conference schedule.

Click here to register.

June 21-22, 2014
Marcellus Academy, WV Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, WV; Details TBA

WV-SORO Contact Information:
Julie Archer, WV Surface Owners' Rights Organization
1500 Dixie Street, Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 346-5891,


Three Diesel Trucks Crash in PA Route 18 (Washington County) with Injuries

April 22, 2014

Diesel fuel spill closes Route 18 in Washington County, PA From an Article by Molly Born, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, April 21, 2014 Fracking water and diesel fuel spilled into Chartiers Creek in Washington County, PA, after a crash on PA Route 18 involving a tractor-trailer and two water tanker trucks, a state environmental official said. [...]

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EARTH DAY 2014: May the Beauties & Mysteries of the Earth Endure!

April 21, 2014

SILENT SPRING – The Book By Rachel L. Carson (1907 – 1964) Houghton Mifflin Company, Copyright 1962 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dedicated to Albert Schweitzer who said: “Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.” John Keats: “The sedge is wither’d from the lake, And no birds sing.” E. B. [...]

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Obama Needs to Stop (not Delay) Keystone XL

April 20, 2014

We Need to Win Not Delay the Keystone XL Pipeline Decision From an Article by Bill McKibben, EcoWatch, April 19, 2014 The Keystone XL news this past week from DC is both important and murky. In brief, the Obama administration announced yet another delay in their decision about the pipeline, meaning it may be past the [...]

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ECA Shelves “Injection Well Project” in Preston County

April 19, 2014

ENERGY CORPORATION OF AMERICA 501 56th Street, S.E.,  Charleston, W.Va. For Immediate Release: April 18, 2014 ECA elects not to pursue “injection well project” in Preston County This week, Energy Corporation of America (ECA) determined not to pursue an injection well the company has been exploring near Masontown in Preston County. A number of different factors [...]

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Reclaim the Trail System at Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area

April 18, 2014

Reclaim the Trail System at Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area Petition Here by Deborah Fulton, Snake Hill Area, Morgantown, WV, April 17, 2014 To: WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin; Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief, WVDNR; Frank Jezioro, Director, WVDNR; Keith Burdette, Secretary, WV Commerce Department The Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area (SHWMA) is an [...]

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“Gasland Part II” is Now Being Scheduled

April 17, 2014

Dear Friends, If you haven’t seen Gasland Part II yet, now is your chance. Filmmaker Josh Fox picks up where he left off in Gasland Part I and examines the long-term impacts of fracking, including reports of poisoned water, earthquakes and even neurological damage. He also takes his camera abroad to share the experiences of [...]

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Questionable Royalty Deductions Occurring Around the Country

April 17, 2014

Around the country, landowners are suing Chesapeake Energy and other drillers for massive deductions from royalty checks From an Article by Peter Gorman, Fort Worth Weekly, April 16, 2014 Donald Feusner used to be a dairy farmer. His 370 acres of land in northeast Pennsylvania border New York state in a gloriously lush area. In [...]

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Big Leaks Found During Drilling of Shale Gas Wells

April 16, 2014

Methane escapes from natural gas wells even before fracking, new direct measurements from airplane flyovers show From an Article by Stephanie Ogburn, ClimateWire, E & E Publishing, April 15, 2014 A new study has found that a small number of gas wells are releasing significant quantities of methane into the air even before they are [...]

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