About

Our Mission
Because all humans share the need for clean water, Pocahontas County, WV, headlands for eight rivers, has a special responsibility for preserving and protecting this most precious resource.  Eight Rivers Council focuses on improving the land, water and air of Pocahontas County, WV through community action and education.

The Threat
Families who have lived in Pocahontas County for generations can hardly believe that our future water supplies might be contaminated.  The County has very little industry. Rivers start here, so we don’t get pollution from upstream towns or businesses. What could possibly threaten our waters?

Most of us enjoy, and many of us depend on, clean water that comes from a spring or well.  Natural, untreated water.  People who don’t live here pay a premium for the kind of pure water we get for free.

The threat to our water is real.  Deep-well gas drilling fluids, and the wells themselves, can contaminate water supplies.  There are many examples from around the nation.  Even in Texas, where oil and gas are their economic lifeblood, laws are being passed to protect groundwater from deep-well contamination. But not here in West Virginia.  Not in the state that prides itself as being “Wild and Wonderful”.  Not in the County that’s the “Birthplace of Rivers.”

We all want more jobs and economic growth; but the first step toward greater prosperity is to build on, not destroy, the assets we already have.  Our most important natural asset is clean water.

Who We Are
Eight Rivers Council is a group of County residents who are working to get good, solid information for Pocahontas County citizens about what deep-well natural gas means to our economy, our water and our way of life.  We’re using our resources to get answers to questions about gas leases and deep drilling, pipeline projects, and to cut through the hype and the rumors. Do gas drilling and/or pipeline projects that compromise our scenic, ecological, and community assets strengthen or diminish our current and long-range vitality?  We all need to know the facts.

For more information, or to give us a hand, contact Allen Johnson or Beth Little.

Allen Johnson, President

Beth Little, Treasurer

12664 Frost Road, Dunmore, WV 24934

HC 64, Box 281, Hillsboro,WV 24946

304-799-4137

304-653-4277

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