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Legislative Updates Laura Davidson March 1, 2017
And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’, and yet we FIGHT!
What an incredible week it has been! The week's not over, but WVEC staff, board, and supporters have covered a lot of ground.More
Issues: CoalDEPFrackingWaterWVEC event
Coal sunset
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe March 11, 2016
More from the Charleston Gazette-Mail
DEP’s Huffman: Focus on how to deal with climate change, Forty percent flatter and still changing, Senate approves coal bill 30-4More
Issues: Climate changeCoalMountaintop removalRegulation
Legislative Updates WVEC March 11, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 9
What Roger Sherman Learned, Day 59: where things stand, WVEC awards dinner, More from the Charleston Gazette-Mail More
Issues: Aboveground tanksClimate changeCoalSolid wasteWater
Mountaintop removal mining
Newsletter article Elizabeth Cruikshank March 4, 2016
Severance taxes
This week I decided to take a look at the Coal and Oil and Gas severance tax from two different Coal Field elected officials, Delegate Rupie Phillips D-Logan and Senator Art Kirkendoll D- Logan. The two elected officials are from the same county but have completely different views on cutting severance tax for the coal industry.More
Issues: CoalOil and gas
Legislative Updates WVEC March 4, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 8
Shall we LEEP into the future?, Misuse of terms, Bills still standing, Severance taxes, “Not so fast,” says the EPA, Bills We Are Tracking, WV Environmental Council Annual Awards DinnerMore
Issues: CoalEnergy efficiencyFrackingOil and gasWater
Newsletter article Bill Price February 26, 2016
Who are they helping?
I had dinner last night with friends in Lexington and the subject of our respective state legislative bodies came up. Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith has just introduced a bill in the Kentucky Senate that would end the requirement that mine foremen annually take six hours of training provided by the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety. The […]More
Issues: CoalLegislationSocial justice
Legislative Updates WVEC February 26, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 7
Who are they helping?, Not one, not two–THREE bits of good news!, Good news AND bad news, Now the bits of not-so-good news, Bills We Are Tracking, WV Environmental Council Annual Awards DinnerMore
Issues: CoalDrillingEnergy efficiencyLegislationOil and gasSocial justiceWater
Coal sunset
Newsletter article WVEC February 19, 2016
Coal Association uses flawed study to justify tax cut
By John Street, guest columnist. The West Virginia Coal Association wants the 2016 Legislature to reduce the state's coal severance tax in order to "benefit the West Virginia economy." Their recent report touts the idea as a simple fix to help an ailing industry, but as with many simple fixes, the devil is in the details--or lack thereof. More
Issues: Coal
Coal sunset
Newsletter article Conni Lewis February 12, 2016
WV and Coal
Coal has been mined in West Virginia since before the Civil War. We all know that it has been a significant driver of the state’s economy and the political system since the late 19th century. Both political parties have been subservient to the power of the coal industry. More
Issues: Coal
Additional reading
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 31, 2016
More to Read
Recent news articles worth readingMore
Issues: CoalEnergy efficiencyOil and gasWater
Legislative Updates WVEC January 29, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 3
Roundup of the Week’s Activities, How we live, E-Day, Great Song, Great Cause, You–yes, YOU–can make a difference!, Bills We Are TrackingMore
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumCoalHealthSocial justiceWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 29, 2016
Roundup of the Week’s Activities
So far, the House Judiciary Committee has not yet taken up the DEP rules, which were passed by the House Energy Committee last week. In particular, we are hoping to get some improvements to H.B. 4104, which is the vehicle for aboveground storage tank rules. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumCoalLegislation
Additional reading
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 15, 2016
Worth the Read
Various relevant articles from local mediaMore
Issues: CoalFrackingWater
The People's Foot
Newsletter article Bill Price March 19, 2015
Forward
The 2015 legislative session, for the most part is done. I want to thank every citizen who called, came to a hearing, talked to the Legislator, emailed, facebooked, held a sign, brought cookies, spoke to the press, or in any way helped out. I also want to extend a huge thanks to Conni Lewis, the Legislative coordinator and the lobby team of Rob Goodwin and Vickie Wolfe who stayed at it to the bitter end. Add to that the progressive lobbyists who were present in the face of a strong wind to blow us backwards, but who never failed to try to move WV forward. Everyone tried and all worked hard.More
Issues: Category ACoalMountaintop removalWater
pipeline
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin March 19, 2015
We live to fight another day as the 2015 Legislative Session Wraps Up
The 2015 Legislative Session ended late Saturday night with several major bills getting killed in the final hours. The majority of the bills that died in the final hours were bad bills as the climate this session was not very conducive to even getting good bills on the agenda. There were a few major bills that consumed the majority of the lobby team’s time this session being the Coal Jobs and Safety Act, Category A Protections for the Kanawha River, HB 2004 the Anti-Clean Power Plan bill, and SB423 the roll back of the tank bill. Of these bills Category A protections for the Kanawha River and the WVDHHR Source Water Protection Planning Rules were of the few bills we could actually encourage a yes vote on.More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCoalMarcellusNet metering
Extreme Energy Makeover
Legislative Updates WVEC March 19, 2015
GREEN Vol. 25 Issue 9
Forward, We live to fight another day as the 2015 Legislative Session Wraps Up,There’s even more to be concerned about, ASTA Rollback: The Final Chapter, Spring Reflections, For the Environment: What was gained, what was lost this session, More to readMore
Issues: Aboveground tanksCategory ACoalMountaintop removalNet meteringPollutionRenewable energyWater
Workers Rally at WV Capitol
Newsletter article Bill Price March 7, 2015
Reaction and Action
I went to the labor rally earlier today. Speech after speech was about the need for action. Call your legislators, register to vote, vote, get your friends registered, drive your friends to the polls, get on the street, march, and rally; do anything, but do something. What inspiring words! I was so moved when they asked that people boycott Speedway Stores because workers are on strike at the Marathon facility near Ashland, that I went on to Facebook and sent that out.More
Issues: CoalPollutionWater
King Coal
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin March 7, 2015
Coal Gets a Tax Cut Through HB2675 Despite its Continued Drain on State Budget
Early in the 2015 Legislative Session, the West Virginia Coal Association unveiled its 2015 Coal Legislative Program. A copy of this proposal was posted and distributed to the public by Ken Ward, Jr at the Charleston Gazette on his Coal Tattoo Blog on January 29th. A key provision in this proposal was to eliminate a 56 cent per ton tax on coal paid into the Workers’ Compensation Debt Reduction Fund.More
Issues: Coal
Additional reading
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 20, 2015
In the press recently:
Pertaining to the "Coal Jobs and Safety Act:" W.Va. lawmakers tweaking environmental, safety regs to aid flailing coal sector (SNL Financial). Pertaining to the Fayette County train derailment: Derailment highlights crude oil train, water safety issues (by Ken Ward, Jr. in the Gazette). Pertaining to "Category A" status for the Kanawha River: Lawmakers consider change for the mighty Kanawha (MetroNews), Lawmakers urged to keep drinking water protections (by Ken Ward, Jr. in the Gazette), Kanawha drinking water rule advances (by Ken Ward, Jr. in the Gazette)More
Issues: Category ACoalWater
WV Coal Dome
Newsletter article Bill Price February 14, 2015
Crunch Time
If you’ve been reading these messages the past few weeks, you’ve seen me write about getting out of our silos and getting involved in all of the anti-water legislation that is moving through the WV Legislature this year. Over the next several days, we are in what I can only describe as “crunch time” and we need YOU.More
Issues: Category ACoalWater
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