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Tues. Feb. 5, 2019 Hinton News - 5 Many people are asking why so many people in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina are against these pipelines. Here are jusL a two of a multitude of reasons. In a letter concerning the following issues published in the Fayette (NC) Observer on November 9th, 2018, the writer came up with almost the same conclusions as I have, in fact I used some of their phrasing in this letter.https://www. fayobserver.com/opinion/20181109/ letter-pipeline-safety-questions. Corrosion: The coatings on these pipes aresupposed to reduce corrosion, but it is not foolproof. Corrosion or a thinning of the inside of the pipe can occur due to corrosive components of the gas transported through the pipe. This was the reported cause of the explosion of the relatively new The coating used on these pipes is 3M ScotchKote Fusion Bonded Epoxy 6233and in some cases, like where the pipe goes under a road 3M ScotchKote Fusion Bonded Epoxy 6253 is put over the 6233 coating as an added protective measure. The UV light of sunlight or other exposure to the elements can degrade this coating. According to a 2009 technical brief from 3M, some of these coatings have poor ultraviolet light resistance. Furthermore, according to the NationalAssociation of Pipe Coating Applicators (NACPA), above ground storage of coated pipe in excess of six months without additional ultraviolet protection is not recommended. The manufacturer of ScotchKote 6233 and 6253 say that the power that makes the coating on these pipes should not be stored in temperatures exceeding din of explosions increases. Then there is the issue of the toxic ingredients of the coatings themselves. According to the manufacturer's safety data sheet, this 3M coating contains a chemical ~r chemicals, which are toxic, and :an cause birth defects or other reproductive harm, cancer and other potential health effects. (Source: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/ amy-mall/pipeline-chemical- coatings-are-serious-concerns). In a letter written in June of 2018 to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration by William Limpert who lives in Bath County VA, Dominion Energy, backers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline admitted that the duration the pipes will be stored at laydown yards will exceed the manufacturer's recommendations. We know from observationthat the same is certainly true of the pipe stored for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. On January 24, 2019 the following attached letters were filed with The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline. I~ it safe to be putting this substance into our air and/or water, especially in karst terrain like that, which exists on my property and much of Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Summers Counties in WV or Giles, Montgomery, Bath or Nelson Counties in VA.? Is it safe to put it in perched aquifers like those that are found in Bent Mountain VA and throughout WV and VA? Will we be the next Flint, Michigan or Minden, WV or worse? I am sure that the talking heads from industry will be the first to say "Not to Worry" that just like C8 Your State, Your District We continue to do your business here in your House of Delegates. Most of the legislation completed here in the house this week has been carry-over legislation from last year. House Bill 2422 will allow school districts to observe "Celebrate Freedom Week" whenever they choose. Previously the week of 9-11 was the required week. It is during this week that activities and instruction are to be focused on our country, how it was formed and the sacrifices made in its formation. House Bill 2459 when passed by the senate and signed by the governor will allow convicted felons to qualify for food stamps. We also passed House Bill 2036. I was the lead sponsor of this bill and it will allow veterans with disabled veteran license plates to park in handicapped parking spaces without having to display the placard on their rear view mirror In the Agriculture and Delegate Roy Cooper January 16, 2019 Natural Resources committee we passed several bills and sent them on to the next referenced committees. Among those was a bill to allow farmers to get a sales tax exemption on ATVs and UTVs when used as farm equipment. We also passed out a bill that will require state institutions to purchase at least five percent of the food they prepare from West Virginia farmers. We have several more bills yet to debate that will be beneficial to farmers in the 28th district if passed. It goes without saying that the massive education bill (SB451) has been the main topic of conversation these past few days. The bill was scheduled to go on to the Senate Finance Committee for further debate but when the senate president realized it wouldn't have enough votes to pass out of finance he exercised his option to debate the bill on the floor of the senate The bill was explained to the whole senate and questions were asked on Wednesday Several people were also invited to speak, both for and against it, on the senate floor. The bill will be in the amendment phase in the senate on Thursday and probably be voted on during Fridays senate session. The bill will then come to the House Education Committee for explanation, debate, amendments and a vote on whether or not to send it on to the floor of the House. While the bill has things we all like, there are parts of it that will be hard to vote for. I have issues with the bill because I believe that the taxpayer willingly pays taxes to support PUBLIC education and would resent his tax money going to entities other than his local school board. Further, 1 don't think the taxpayer nor the school budgets can afford to operate two school systems when we have financial issues with only one. For example, Charter schools and Education Savings Accounts would get their funding from the public school budget which is hard enough to manage now. Further, Governor Justice has voiced his displeasure with the bill as well. I continue to encourage you to watch and listen to your legislature at wvlegis.gov. Also, contact me at: roy. cooper@wvhouse.gov concerning this legislation and any other matter you need to discuss. My office phone continues to be (304) 340-3119. Although I probably wont be in the office to answer your call I will do my best to call you back. Delegate Cooper Manchin Urges Federal Officials to Deliver Secure Rural School Payments ASAP ATEX20 inch pipeline in Brooke80 degrees Fahrenheit (see the or MCHM that it is perfectly safe. Bipartisan letter says rural communities' SRS resources are essential in wake of government shutdown County in January of 2015. 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So "es, man- ~eo-le are afraid officials to dehver Secure Rural their states areconcerned aboutyour agencies disperse SRS massive fireball shooting hundreds coating once it is applied to the y ~ v v of the environmental and human Schools (SRS) payments as quickly shutdown-related delays slowingpayments in a timely manner," the o~teetmtotnea~r, p~pe.t~otnmepiperortne vlvrana ibl in"e ~'erm th ~ t ~ - - tra-edies that wilt almost certainl-' as poss e tn aI~ a oI me, the cUsoursemer~t o~ v! ai ~ix~ Senators said in part, ~~~~e! T~;e~i:her~nP~P~::: b:l~! gR~ae:~y:~W:a~o~Re~!~fSMSe??ii!i p~,li:~hf~i~::aSqn2:O:'fr awdo;S SRS provides $1.7 million to Sr: o West Virginia counties. The SRS home located hundreds of feet away of time. On my family's farm and oppose these pipelines, but the ones program continues to be a critical and damaged at least one power line. On the outside, corrosion can be caused bydamage from dirt, rock or groundwater. Corroded pipe increases the risk of an explosion. elsewhere where I have observed the pipe, most of the pipe was coated between December of 2016 and July of 2017 (see attached picture). If the integrity of this coating is not maintained, the risk above should be enough to halt these projects. Submitted by Maury Johnson AFT on West Virginia Legislature's Attack on Educators Lawmakers Shamefully Retaliate Against Constituents Who Backed Walkouts, Voted for Public Education American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and AFT-West Virginia President Fred Albert issued the following statement after the West Virginia Legislature attempted to ram through a clawback of teacher rights and protections won during last year's historic walkouts. Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement he would veto the bill. Weingarten said: '~rhis cynical proposal is a blatant attack on West Virginia families. The Legislature is shamefully retaliating against educators and the communities that supported them during last spring's walkouts. "West Virginians made clear their support for addressing the state's chronic underfunding of public education. Trying to quash those who fought for schools and out kids' future by fast-tracking a bill to punish those educators is a betrayal of West Virginians' commitment to their kids and communities. 'q'his bill- which no West Virginia teacher, school service worker, parent, principal or superintendent was ever consulted on - would tie teacher pay raises and funding for state employees' healthcare system to poison pills like increased class sizes, privatization and stripping educators of voice. '%Ve applaud Gov. Justice on his declaration that her would veto it and insist on tl~at which he and state Sen. Mitch Carmichael promised before the November election: a bill that fulfills the goal of a 5% wage increase and adequate health funding. Last year, educatols said they would remember in November' - and we will again be organizing to thwart those lawmakers who defy the will of their own constituents by supporting such a retaliatory bill". Albert said: "A year ago, the public marched on Charleston demanding funding and support for public schools and their educators. They were not asking for the state to divert public dollars for. failed schemes like charter schools and other privatized schooling or making class sizes larger. The Legislature should have learned its lesson a year ago." ! Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, proudly presents GVT Play Fest, a community theatre festival. This exciting event will be held February 7 - 9 at 7 p.m. with a Pay- What-You-Can-Preview performance on February 6 at 7p.m. Tickets are $16 for general adult admission, $13 for seniors (60+) and $10 for children]students. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at (304) 645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org. For this year's Play Fest, GVT is offering a free ticket to the government employees and their families who suffered during the recent government shutdown. A valid government employee ID needs to be present at the time of purchase. "Play Fest is an incredible opportunity to showcase the talents and passions of people within the community When you have six different plays, it gives the audience a chance to see a heartfelt drama as well as a farcical comedy all in One night," said GVT'sTeaching Artist and Play Fest director Brianna Duckworth. Audience members will be entertained by the work of Jonathan Joy, who is returning for his third year in GVT's Play Festival. Joy's work has been staged in 17 US states, and his play, Don't Drink the Jet Fuel, won the University of Illinois 2018 Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre writing contest. His other work, Beans and Franks Never Tasted So Good, won him a West Virginia Writers award. Joy is an Associate Professor of English at Ashland Community and Technical College in Ashland, KY. His play Don't Drink the Jet Fuel is about family relationships, the disappearing rural landscape, and water quality are at the heart of this play, a meditation on past, present and future West Virginia. In his second play, Beans and Franks Never Tasted So Good, an elderly couple share disagreements, as well as recollections on an unusual first date meal. James Froemel, the author of Thayerbee Dragons, is the winner of the 2015 and 2017 West Virginia Biggest Liar competition and his stories have been published in Goldenseal. Through the West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive! Program, James can be seen portraying Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, in his one man shows Charles Schulz: A Life in the Funny Papers. He has previously worked as an actor and educator with Greenbrier Valley Theatre, and is a graduate of WVU College of Creative Arts where he received a BFAin Acting. Thayerbee Dragons is the story of Julia, a newlywed, who visits the remote town of Thayerbee where her husband's grandparents have lived their whole lives. Over Hank Williams, sweet tea and flying dragons Julia learns about her new. family and the unique traditions of Thayerbee. Tickets are $16 for general adult admission, $13 for seniors (60+) and $10 for children]students. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at (304) 645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Arts, Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. (D-OR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), James Risch (R-ID) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AIO. In their bipartisan letter to having been furloughed in rural communities across the country and with the public having lost access to many of their public lands, safety net for forest counties as Senator Manchin works with others lawmakers to establish a permanent payment solution. ::!: Michael Mon omery, DO FAMILY PRACTICE Summe,County ARH Hospital is excited to welcome Michael Montgomery; :DO, to Summers County ARH Family Care Clinic, He attended the WV School of O.steopathi.c Medicine: and did his :resider cy in t |nily medicine at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, VV. He has orked in tamdy practice over 15 yea . Dr. Momgor ery is a native of Sumn e:rs Court|y, 304 ,2501 /