Moran sole VA sponsor anti-MTR measure (5/6/07)

Photo of what was once Kayford Mountain after mining operations by Vivian Stockman of OVEC.

Vivian (email, news archive) took this picture January 4, 2006 and more is gone each day. An exhibit of her photographs opened May 4 at Wofford College in Spartansburg, SC and goes on until June 22.

Frank Pallone (D-NJ) submitted the Clean Water Protection Act (H.R. 2169) on May 5, 2005 with 62 initial co-sponsors to “amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify that fill material cannot be comprised of waste.” Jim Moran is the only co-sponsor from Virginia. There are two from Kentucky and none from West Virginia. The purpose of the act is to reverse an order by the Army Corps of Engineers that has made mountaintop removal possible by classifying waste from the operations as “fill.”

We will gather in Washington to lobby for the bill at Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington, DC. May 12-16, sponsored by Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment, Appalachian voices, Christians for the Mountains, Clean Water Network, Coal River Mountain Watch, Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth, Keeper of the Mountains, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, Sierra Club, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, United mountain Defense and West Virginia Highlands conservancy.

Here’s the preliminary schedule:

Saturday, May 12th

Virginian Suites Hotel, (703) 522-9600, 1500 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

7:00 – 11:00 pm Welcome Reception – Virginian Suites Conference Room (beverages and hors d’ouevres)

Sunday, May 13th – Training Session

Virginian Suites Conference Room (703) 522-9600, 1500 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

Breakfast included in hotel fee, you’re on your own otherwise

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introductions – Maria Gunnoe, Community Organizer, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Benji Burrell, Technology Coordinator, Appalachian Voices, Dalal Aboulhosn, Legislative Assistant, Earthjustice

9:15 – 9:45 What is Mountaintop Removal? – Teri Blanton, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

9:45 – 10:45 Coalfields Residents Panel

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 -11:30 Tips for Effective Lobbying – Ed Hopkins, Sierra Club; Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club; Louise Dunlap, Dunlap and Browder

11:45 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 Legal Update – Joe Lovett, Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment; Joan Mulhern, Earthjustice

1:00 – 1:45 Message Panel – Matt Wasson, Appalachian Voices; Versie Sims, OVEC; Navis Bermudez, Washington Representative, Sierra Club

1:45 – 2:30 Interactive Lobby Role Play

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:30 “Meet the Staff” – presentation by congressional staff

3:30 – 4:45 Lobby Breakout Groups By State/Region

4:45 – 5:00 Training Wrap-Up

Dinner on your own

Monday, May 14th – LOBBY VISITS ALL DAY

Parish Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, (202) 543-4200

212 East Capitol Street, (2 blocks east of the US Capitol)

8:30 Morning Check-in

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch: deli fixings provided, Lunch Speaker – John Hill, United Methodist Church

4:30 End of Day Wrap Up

5:00 – 7:00 Free Time – Visit local attractions on Capitol Hill, shop at Union Station, relax!

7:00 pm Gala Group Dinner

Capitol City Brewing Company

2 Massachusetts Ave., NE

(in the Postal Museum bldg, 1 bldg west of Union Station)

Tuesday, May 15th – LOBBY VISITS ALL DAY

Parish Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation

212 East Capitol Street (2 blocks east of the US Capitol)

(202) 543-4200

8:30 Morning Check-in

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch: deli fixings provided, Lunch Speaker – Eric Gordon, Legislative Director, Representative Frank Pallone

4:30 End of Day Wrap Up

5:30-7:30 National environmental groups host MTR Week in Washington participants and supportive congressional staff. (beverages and hors d’ouevres)

Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Avenue, NE (Senate side of Capitol Hill)

Wednesday, May 16th – LOBBY VISITS ALL DAY

Parish Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation

212 East Capitol Street (2 blocks east of the US Capitol)

(202) 543-4200

8:30 Morning Check-in

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch: deli fixings provided

4:30 End of Day Wrap Up

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