Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

A few months ago I bought a car from Mitchell Chevrolet.

They made it easy – took care of tags, title, taxes, etc. All I had to do was turn the key and drive away.

Shortly after, I felt there was a problem, not a recall, but Mitchell’s took the car in, looked it over from front to back, top to bottom, side to side.

I felt guilty that they put the time and energy into my little problem.

I felt like royalty.

Try getting the V. I. P. treatment like this in a large city.

So, thanks to Mitchell Chevrolet’s entire staff for such a great job.

Jim Mason



Dear Editor:

FERC – 101 is a free online course at ferc-101. blogspot.com

You can learn the facts on the 42”‚ proposed pipelines in just a few hours. You can educate yourself on the known permanent health hazards of pipeline development which include the air toxins emitted daily along with 24 hour a day noise hazards and known water quality issues.

The source for this course is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which oversees and prepares the Environmental Assessment (EA).

Within the Welcome and Introduction page you are urged to watch the thirty minute YouTube video, “Pipeline 42.” Within moments you will understand the actual size of the four proposed pipelines. You will see that they are larger at 42 inches diameter than the Keystone pipeline is at 36 inches. As you see they are larger than the biggest hula hoop by six inches around.

The presentation continues with photos of the permanent destruction of Wetzel County, following pipeline construction. Note that during the height of construction in 2011 the county experienced its highest unemployment rate.

You will learn the facts on the Dominion / FERC timeline including the first step called the “Scoping Phase,” centering on learning from and interacting with the residents of the effected areas of the route.

Recently Dominion spokespersons admitted that the surveys of the national forest had actually been completed, along with the environmental and archeological studies. This is in direct opposition to their statements in the national press since April 2014.

The longest class will be on learning all of the Federal laws to be followed by FERC and the natural gas companies including the National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA], the Clean Air Act, including wetlands protection, storm water management, pollutant discharge elimination program, the Clean Air Act, New Source Performance Standards Requirements (NSPS).

The gas companies are required by law to follow the monitoring and reporting laws of the Environmental Compliance Monitoring and Reporting Program (ECMR Program) and implement an Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan (ESCP), a Floodplain Management Program, a Horizontal Directional Drill Contingency Plan (HDD Plan) and a Blasting Plan.

While there is no credit given for this online course, you will have the glow of confidence in understanding the facts on this proposed pipeline development that would destroy our health and quality of life here, in one of the most beautiful areas of the eastern seaboard of North America.

You graduation present will be the ability and desire to share these facts with others.


Lauren Ragland

WV Wilderness Lovers vs. Proposed pipelines

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