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Conference to look at mining, drilling effects on drinking water

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A conference on ways drinking water may be affected by mountaintop removal mining and unconventional gas well drilling will take place June 29-30 on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va.

Speakers at "Water & Wellness II: What is the Future of Our Drinking Water?" include medical geologist Tom Darrah, from Duke University; Sierra Club director of environmental justice and community partnerships Leslie Fields; and Grant Smith, energy policy analyst for the Civil Society Institute.

Formats through the day-and-a-half include presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions.

The event is sponsored by the Doddridge County Watershed Association, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, the Sierra Club of West Virginia, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and the West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization.

Registration of $40 covers continental breakfasts, lunch both days and dinner on June 29.

For more information or to register, visit https://donation.towercare.com/ovec-registration