WV SORO Update Archive

June 26, 2012

Thursday, June 28 ~ Marcellus Shale Community Symposium on Air Quality and Health Impacts in Morgantown
This Thursday, (June 28, 2012) Friends of Deckers Creek and Friends of the Cheat are hosting a Marcellus Shale community symposium, focused on air quality issues and health impacts.  Other topics to be addressed include air quality monitoring and volunteer water monitoring programs.

Dr. Mike McCawley, WVU Department of Community Medicine, will present information on a novel system he’s developed to monitor air quality around Marcellus drill sites as well as potential health impacts.  Bill Hughes, Wetzel County Action Group, will share on-the-ground photographs of air pollution sources from well site activities.  Friends of Deckers Creek and Friends of the Cheat will briefly discuss their citizen scientist monitoring programs.  There also will be ample time for questions and discussion.

 This will be a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the potential environmental impacts from Marcellus Shale drilling, potential air quality and health impacts, and to get involved with community monitoring efforts. 

Who: Friends of Deckers Creek in partnership with Friends of the Cheat
What: Marcellus Shale Community Symposium on Air Quality and Health Impacts
When: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: WVU Evansdale Campus, Room 207 Engineering Science Bldg.

For more information contact Friends of Deckers Creek at 304-292-3970 or Friends of the Cheat at 304-329-3621.

Buses Tickets Available to Attend July 28 Rally & March in Washington, D.C.
On July 28, 2012, community members and organizations from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. to demand greater government responsibility and corporate accountability for the harm that existing oil and gas development causes.

The WV Chapter of the Sierra Club will be sending two buses to this huge rally. Both leave and return on Saturday, July 28. The buses are open to everyone.

Morgantown: Board the bus at 9:00 AM at the Wal-Mart parking lot at Exit 1 on Interstate 68. Short stop at Keysers Ridge. Return after the rally, short stop (probably) at Hagerstown. Tickets are $20 roundtrip.
Questions? Contact Jim at jimscon@gmail.com or (304) 698-9628

Lewisburg/Beckley: Final details TBD. Tickets are $25 roundtrip.
Questions? Contact Beth at blittle@citynet.net or (304) 653-4277.

Tickets are available online at http://westvirginia.sierraclub.org/.

Pre-rally events include a Citizen Lobbyist Training (July 25) and Lobby Day (July 26). 

More information about the rally, march and pre-rally events is available at stopthefrackattack.org and we'll have more details in our next newsletter.

WV-SORO Summer Newsletter in the Works
It's been quite a while since we published an edition of Surface Owners' News.  However, we are putting together a Summer 2012 newsletter and hope to have it on the website and in the mail before to the July 4 holiday. 

West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization
1500 Dixie Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25311