Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition says its founder, Dianne Bady, has died of cancer.

The environmental and social justice group started by Bady in 1987 announced her death in a statement Tuesday. She was 67.

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A West Virginia-based environmental group is naming a new leader to replace its executive director, who is retiring.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition announced the departure of Janet Keating and the new role for Natalie Thompson on Monday.

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A $6 million settlement has been reached in federal court that will restore damage from West Virginia mountaintop removal mines.

The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy announced the settlement with the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund. A consent decree was entered Friday in U.S. District Court in Huntington.

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Patriot Coal is being sued by environmental groups who say the company's Hobet 21 mountaintop removal mine in Southern West Virginia is polluting the Mud River watershed.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, and the Sierra Club say they have identified multiple violations of water quality standards at the Boone County mine. The groups say streams in the watershed are no longer healthy ecosystems because of pollution from more than 20 valley fills.

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Leaders of citizen groups, a water scientist and an impacted mother held a phone-based news conference this week to look back on the crisis and outline the progress, pitfalls and next steps in their work to ensure safe drinking water for all West Virginians.

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Environmentalists, activists and artists of all sorts are commemorating the one year anniversary of a chemical spill into the Elk River near Charleston. The spill of MCHM by Freedom Industries tainted the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians across nine counties and left them without usable tap water for days. 

Here's a list of some of the events happening around Charleston and elsewhere to mark one year since the spill: 

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 Environmentalists and a landowner have agreed to resolve a lawsuit over runoff from a reclaimed mountaintop removal mine in Mingo County.

Under a proposed consent decree, Hernshaw Partners LLC will apply for a permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to cover selenium discharges from the former mine site.

The agreement was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. If approved by the court, the consent decree would end when Hernshaw Partners obtains the permit, or 18 months following the consent decree's effective date, whichever comes first.

  A federal judge has ruled that two Alpha Natural Resources mountaintop removal mines in southern West Virginia illegally polluted streams.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington ruled Wednesday that the Elk Run Coal and Alex Energy mines harmed aquatic life in Laurel Creek and Robinson Fork.

Chambers wrote it's a "canary in the coal mine" that aquatic life diminished, as only pollution-tolerant species survived. Penalties are undetermined.