POWHR’s Mission Statement:

Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR) is an interstate coalition representing individuals and groups from counties in Virginia and West Virginia dedicated to protecting the water, local ecology, heritage, land rights, human rights of individuals, communities and regions from harms caused by the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. POWHR members and organizations support the concept and development of and participation in a strong interstate coalition of local citizen groups that coordinate, conduct, and sponsor research on the impacts of fossil fuel infrastructure development in the Appalachian region. POWHR members further promote the preservation of the biodiversity, historical landmarks, cultural attachments, pristine waters, air quality, geologic integrity, property rights, and the optimal wellness and prosperity of all residents living in the region.

The coalition serves various community groups in West Virginia and Virginia through which the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline is routed. Included also are groups who share the mission of POWHR but who are not in counties along the proposed route.

POWHR’s Goals:

● Defeat the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), protect water and endangered species.
● Shift government priorities to the needs of people and the environment over corporations.
● Hold legislators accountable for campaign promises regarding green energy.
● Expose the self-dealing and lack of public benefit from fracked gas infrastructure projects installed in vulnerable communities.
● Shift public opinion about these dangerous projects and the flawed permitting process
through consistent, expert messaging toward clean and renewable energy sources.
● Strengthen the fossil fuel infrastructure regulatory process by holding public servants and elected officials accountable through appeals, re-hearings, and media outreach.
● Continue community-driven environmental quality monitoring through water testing and construction monitoring along the MVP route.
● Support emerging resistance to environmental injustice through sharing of knowledge and experience with allied groups and individuals.
● Support communities in efforts to bolster cultural heritage.
● Promote equitable, community-based energy alternatives.
● Expose the socio-economic pitfalls of eminent domain.
● Engage our larger community in awareness of climate crisis.

POWHR operates in a Joint Plan of Work with Virginia Organizing

POWHR has a Joint Plan of Work with Virginia Organizing, a 501c3 organization that accepts grants and donations on behalf of POWHR. Virginia Organizing is officially registered with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23209. You can write to this Department for all relevant financial statements and procedures regarding the solicitation of contributions.

Thank you to Virginia Organizing, without you we could not do this work!