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“Landowners for Fairness” Presents a DC Webinar for all Interested Persons

Announcement from the Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Lewisburg, WV, November 29, 2021

Join landowners from around the country to hear from FERC Commissioner Allison Clements; for a Congressional staff panel on eminent domain legislation; for a national update on pipeline litigation; updates on major pipelines; and a robust Question & Answer period.

DC WEBINAR on PIPELINES, Monday, November 29th, 1 to 2:15 PM

The Property Rights and Pipeline Center (PRPC) works to end the use of eminent domain for oil and gas pipelines. If you are facing the seizure of your land for a pipeline project, PRPC can help you figure out what you need to do — how to organize your community, how to find a lawyer, and how to fight the misuse of eminent domain for pipelines. has the resources and information landowners need to fight for their land.

>>> Greenbrier Watershed Association, 945 Washington Street West, Lewisburg, WV 24901


Thanksgiving is a good time to celebrate — forget about fracking!

Support Withdrawn for Western Maryland Secession

From an Article by Brenda Ruggiero, Garrett County Republican, October 28, 2021

QAKLAND, MD — Garrett County, along with Allegany and Washington, made national headlines when lawmakers released letters requesting that Western Maryland become part of West Virginia.

Since that time, though, members of the group have withdrawn their support of the proposal. The Republican lawmakers included state Sen. George Edwards and Delegates Wendell Beitzel, Jason Buckel, Mike McKay and William Wivell.

Letters were sent Oct. 5 and Oct. 14 to West Virginia Senate President Craig Blair and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, asking “that you consider adding us as constituent counties to the State of West Virginia. We believe this arrangement may be mutually beneficial for both states and for our local constituencies.”

The five Maryland legislators traveled to Charleston, W.Va., in September to discuss the matter, and were reportedly told that a letter requesting the move would be required to start the process.

Speaking to The New York Times, Beitzel said there is a “strong sense of unrest and unhappiness among people in our rural area of the state,” and that constituents have been asking to secede from Maryland for years. He cited fracking, mask mandates and the teaching of racial issues in schools as topic of concern to local residents, the newspaper reported. However, on Oct. 22 — the day after the announcement — Buckel wrote a letter that also was signed by Edwards which withdrew their support.

“I believe that our intentions have been misconstrued, and that in fact the entire effort may be foolhardy,” the letter stated. “While this letter reflects only my own perspective, Sen. Edwards and I have communicated that he shares my ultimate conclusion and would similarly withdraw any participation in any further efforts in this process.”

Buckel stated he was not in a position to give the initiative his full attention, and believes he did not have the opportunity to truly analyze the various documents or their import.

“As you are aware, I did not personally attend any meetings with or engage in communications with our West Virginia counterparts,” Buckel wrote. “I am not in support of attempting to institute any process at this time to facilitate any transfer of Allegany County to West Virginia.”

The letter stated that Buckel indicated he could support a non-binding referendum for the voters of the three western counties to have an opportunity to express their opinions as to whether or not they would like to see further efforts pursued with the ultimate goal of being able to join the state of West Virginia.

“I would not support any legislative efforts or other efforts to attempt to make such a maneuver without a full public referendum of the three counties having previously occurred,” Buckel said. “I believe, clearly, that we have allowed ourselves to move too far, too fast on this issue, motivated by the political calendar of our counterparts in West Virginia rather than by a prudent strategy.”

Buckel and Edwards withdrew support on Oct. 22, and Wivell, Beitzel and McKay did the same this week, news outlets reported. According to published reports, Beitzel stated that with so many members dropping their support, it was obvious nothing was going to happen. Beitzel was unavailable for comment.

On Oct. 22, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislative leaders announced their support for the Maryland secession proposal. A press release from Justice’s office noted the “unprecedented period of success for West Virginia under Justice’s leadership, including GDP growth, low unemployment and a plan for high-speed broadband.”

“We’ve got it going on right now in West Virginia,” Justice said. “We are knocking it out of the park. Why wouldn’t you want to come? We want everyone to know that we are standing here with open arms. We welcome these counties and would be tickled to death to have them and the great folks of that incredible state.” Justice also stated that he was working on calling a special session soon to consider a resolution on the offer.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s spokesman, Mike Ricci, stated in a tweet shortly after the initial announcement: “This has probably left a lot of people confused — including many Western Marylanders — and we certainly hope that the legislators will provide some clarity here.”




November 24, 2021

What You Need To Know! The Shell Cracker Plant as a Neighbor and Stranger! December 8th from 7 to 8:30 PM FORUM from the Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community, November 24, 2021 An event on December 8th to discuss community issues and concerns as the Shell petrochemical plant nears start-up operations. The on-line evening will [...]

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Coal-fired Power Plants Generate Toxic Waste-Water — Under Regulatory Limitations

November 23, 2021

Coal-fired power plants, including two in Penna., due to new wastewater rule From an Article by Michael Rubinkam (Associated Press), State-Impact Penna., November 22, 2021 [AP] Climate change isn’t what’s driving some U.S. coal-fired power plants to shut down. It’s the expense of stricter pollution controls on their wastewater. Dozens of plants nationwide plan to [...]

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Arrange NOW to Participate in the EPA Hearings on Methane Standards

November 22, 2021

Testify at the EPA’s Virtual Public Hearings on New Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Sites From a Notice Issued by Joseph Minott, Clean Air Council, November 20, 2021 Dear Friends, Affected Residents & Concerned Citizens, For the very first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed federal rules limiting methane pollution, volatile [...]

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Endrocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Plastic Pollution Cause Health Effects

November 21, 2021

Plastic pollution vs. a sustainable future From an Article by Douglas Fischer, Environmental Health News, Nov 19, 2021 Hormone-hijackers in plastics risk our future faster than climate change, green chemist Terry Collins cautions in a new talk. How can we change that? Are we just going to keep making plastics and other endocrine-disrupting products until [...]

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Rough Road Ahead for Climate Action in Virginia Given the New (Old) Politics

November 20, 2021

Has the energy transition hit a roadblock in Virginia, or just a rough patch of pavement? From an Article by Ivy Main, Power for the People VA, November 19, 2021 This past Election Day was a tough day for climate advocates. After two years of historic progress that included passage of the Virginia Clean Economy [...]

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Mountain Valley Pipeline is Not a Done Deal, But is Still in Process

November 19, 2021

Key decisions on MVP to be made soon, this year! From an Email of Daniel Shaffer, Allegheny – Blue Ridge Alliance, November 19, 2021 Several key decisions are due to be made soon concerning necessary permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Here’s a review of some key dates: • Army Corps of Engineers consideration [...]

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More Local Residents in Weirton Object to Marcellus Well Pads

November 18, 2021

Weirton residents against gas well pads near homes, churches & schools From an Article by Rebecca Little, WTRF News 7, Wheeling, WV, November 18, 2021 WEIRTON, W.Va.- (WTRF) One by one Weirton residents are starting to stand up to the potential construction of a gas well pad that is supposed to be built off of [...]

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The ‘Mountain State Spotlight’ is Desperately Needed in West Virginia

November 17, 2021

MESSAGE from the Managing Editor, Mountain State Spotlight, November 15, 2021 West Virginians living in the coalfields have watched the evaporation of high-paying coal industry jobs for the past two decades. And periodically, there are signs of hope: politicians announce a new big project, local groups hold community meetings to talk about new ideas for [...]

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