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WV Water & Wellness Conference LIVE

the 3rd Annual Wellness & Water Conference

The 3rd Annual Wellness & Water Conference focused on the threats to our water from chemical manufacturing & storage, mountaintop removal coal mining, and Marcellus Shale drilling, and explored measures we can take to safeguard our wellness and water with panels featuring scientists and affected residents, informational tables, open-space discussions and our featured speakers — Dr. Rahul Gupta and two Goldman Environmental Prize winners, Helen Slottje and Maria Gunnoe.

Helen Slottje and Maria Gunnoe
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Rahul Gupta MD, MPH, FACP
Serving as Health Officer and Executive Director at Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, WV resident Dr. Gupta has authored numerous publications in medicine and public health. He is an adjunct clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at WVU’s School of Medicine and adjunct Associate Professor at the Univ. of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy. He also serves as medical consultant and teaching staff member at Charleston Area Medical Center hospital and is a volunteer physician at the West Virginia Health Right Clinic in Charleston.

Helen Slottje, 2014 North America Goldman Prize winner
Using a clause in the state constitution that gives municipalities the right to make local land use decisions, Helen Slottje provided pro-bono legal assistance, helping towns across New York (her home state) defend themselves from oil and gas companies by passing local bans on fracking.

Maria Gunnoe, 2009 North America Goldman Prize winner
Maria Gunnoe, Community Organizer and Media Spokesperson: Maria is an OVEC organizer in Boone County, WV — where she and her family have lived for generations — but her work extends far beyond the county’s borders. In 2009, Maria received the Goldman Environmental Prize for North

Conference Schedule

9:00-10:20 am     
Welcome & Introductions ~ Bill Price
Featured Speaker ~ Dr. Rahul Gupta
Q & A ~ Maya Nye, Facilitator
10:40-12:00 pm   
Panel ~ MCHM affected residents: Karan Ireland & Donna Willis;
Water resource experts: Dr. Charles Somerville, Meghan Betcher & Angie Rosser
Q & A ~ Maya Nye, Facilitator
1:30-2:45 pm
Featured Speakers: Goldman Prize Winners:
Helen Holden Slottje and Maria Gunnoe
Q & A ~ Janet Keating, Facilitator
Panel ~ MTR affected residents: Paula Swearingen; and
Gas Fracking affected residents: Lyndia Ervalina & Annie Seay;
MTR & Gas emission experts: Dr. Jill Kriesky, Bill Hughes & Dr. Michael McCawley
Q & A ~ Bill Price, Facilitator
Solutions / Action Panel

Side Chats

Doddridge Watershed Association
The Solar Solution



The Above Ground Stoarge Tank Bill
is taking public commnet until Oct 24th
send your comments to
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Change the Current Campaign
to ensure clean safe water as a right
Citizen Action for Real Enforcement
Doddridge Country Watershed Association Keepers of the Nountain Foundation
Advocates for a Safe Water System WV Rural Water Association
 People Concerned About Chemical Safety Sustainicus
 Down Stream Strategies WV Rivers Coalition
 WV Highlands Conservatory Spectrum Z for Solar
 The Goldman Prize SW PA Environmental Health Project
Marcellus WV Kanawha State Forest Coalition
 Community Environmental Health Council
Lawyers Fighting for Frack Free Communities
 A.L.E.R.T. Project
Environmental Disaster Toxicologist Response Team
WV Clean Water Hub WV Citizen Action Group
WV Surface Owners Rights WV Sustainable Business Council
WV CAPE Appalachian Water Watch

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