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Kanawha River and WV Coal Legislature
Blog WVEC August 17, 2017
Request for Proposals for a Lobby Team Coordinator for the 2017 Interim
The WV Environmental Council (WVEC) is seeking proposals for a Lobby Team Coordinator to perform legislative lobbying during the 2017 Interim Legislative Sessions, beginning in October, 2017 and the regular session that runs from early January 2018 through mid-March 2018.More
Issues: Legislation
Action Alerts Laura Davidson March 31, 2017
Let’s keep the momentum going!
There will be a Public Hearing on SB 687 at 8:00am on Monday, April 3, 2017 in the House Chamber. SB 687 would make our narrative water quality the weakest in the nation, and make it easier for the coal industry to get away with poisoning our streams.More
Issues: CoalLegislationPollutionSocial justiceWaterWVEC event
Kanawha River and WV Coal Legislature
Action Alerts Laura Davidson March 10, 2017
Calling all Water Warriors: Resist!
Join us Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:00am for the Public Hearing on HB 2811 in the WV House Chamber. Rise up with us, and resist these attempts to endanger our clean water supply!More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationNatural gasOil and gasPollutionRegulationSocial justiceWaterWVEC event
Legislative Updates Laura Davidson March 9, 2017
What’s going on, at the Capitol?
Water safety is one of our top priorities during the 2017 WV Legislative Session. In case you missed it, another water bill, HB 2811 was introduced on Tuesday. HB 2811 would add exemptions to the Aboveground Storage Tank Act, passed after the 2014 chemical spill by Freedom Industries into the Elk River that contaminated water for 300,000 in the Kanawha Valley. Stay tuned for more information on actions as we track this bill. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyLegislationOil and gasPollutionWater
Action Alerts Laura Davidson February 28, 2017
Get up, stand up; don’t give up the fight!
Thank you to everyone who showed up and spoke out yesterday for the Public Hearing and E-day and to everyone who has been making calls and writing letters to stop HB 2506 from moving forward! We need your help to keep the momentum growing! Send a letter to your Delegate, and urge them to vote no on this bill.More
Issues: LegislationSocial justiceWaterWVEC event
Action Alerts Laura Davidson February 26, 2017
URGENT ACTION: Public hearing tomorrow on the “cancer creek bill”!
A public hearing on HB 2506 is happening tomorrow at 8:30 am. If passed, HB 2506 would allow more cancer causing toxins to be dumped into our water supply. We need to stand together in force and make our opposition heard!More
Issues: EdayLegislationWaterWVEC event
Legislative Updates Laura Davidson February 23, 2017
We need you at the Capitol!
During week two of the West Virginia Legislature, we faced the House Judiciary Committee where HB 2506, a bill that would further endanger our already fragile drinking water supply, was railroaded through. We called and you answered! The fight is far from over. A Public Hearing on HB 2506 is scheduled for 8:30am on Monday, February 27, 2017, which is also E-Day! We need you again to show up and speak out!More
Issues: EdayEnergyLegislationNatural gasOil and gasPollutionRenewable energyWaterWVEC event
Action Alerts Laura Davidson February 21, 2017
Tomorrow: Show up and speak out!
We need your help! WV House Judiciary Committee is meeting tomorrow at 9:30 am on HB 2506, a bill that would further endanger our already fragile drinking water supply. HB 2506 is fast tracked, and we need you to show up and speak out to stop it.More
Issues: LegislationWater
Legislative Updates Ciera Pennington February 15, 2017
Under the Dome
Our dedicated Lobby Team is fired up and ready to face these threats head on! Stay tuned every Wednesday throughout session for a weekly update (like this one!) outlining what our team is up to and how you can take action.More
Issues: Aboveground tanksDEPEdayLegislationWaterWVEC event
Action Alerts Paul Dalzell August 25, 2016
Let’s not get caught with our pants down this year!
We all know what has happened these last two years in the West Virginia Legislature: as you worked hard to make our state better, others have worked together to damage our waters, our land, and our rights. This is your best opportunity to stop them.More
Issues: Legislation
Blog Angie Rosser July 27, 2016
Floods show need for more public investment, not less
Like many of my Clay and Kanawha county neighbors, I watched the Elk River rise throughout the day June 23. I was in denial that the river would ever reach into my home. Denial quickly transformed into resignation when I could see the muddy waters coming up through my floor vents. More
Issues: LegislationSocial justice
Blog WVEC May 27, 2016
WV Legislative Environmental Scorecard for 2015-2016
Senate and House vote summaries by district. You may also download the entire excel file, which gives the right and wrong votes, plus bill sponsorship, on each bill that has environment impacts.More
Issues: Legislation
Action Alerts WVEC April 18, 2016
It’s Time to Designate Birthplace of Rivers National Monument
Earth Day is this Friday, April 22, and there is no better time to voice your support for the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument! The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument would protect and celebrate an area renowned for its wilderness and recreation; it’s the headwaters of six iconic West Virginia rivers: the Elk, Gauley, Williams, Greenbrier, Cherry, and Cranberry.More
Issues: LegislationWater
Newsletter article Conni Lewis March 11, 2016
What Roger Sherman Learned
On Thursday I had a short conversation with Roger Sherman, lobbyist for the forestry industry. We have known each other for perhaps 15 years and while it’s an adversarial relationship, it’s not hostile, instead it’s professional. We talked about our agendas and I pointed out that the session hadn’t been as bad as we anticipated this year, given the lengthy wish list of the oil and gas industry and the traditional concerns of the coal industry.More
Issues: Legislation
Newsletter article WVEC March 3, 2016
Bills still standing
As you can see from our bill tracking list, most of the bills we've been following did not make Wednesday's deadline for "crossing over" from their House of origin; and in the majority of cases, this is a good thing. Below are a few words about some of the ones that are still alive.More
Issues: Climate changeLegislationRegulationWater
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
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 26, 2016
Not one, not two–THREE bits of good news!
On Thursday the Senate EIM committee passed S.B. 370, the LEEP bill (Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships). The second committee reference has been waived, so prospects look good for the bill making it out of the Senate before crossover day (Wednesday, 3/2)!More
Issues: Climate changeEnergy efficiencyLegislationWater
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
Action Alerts Elizabeth Cruikshank February 25, 2016
Health Impact Assessment
Call your Senators as soon as possible and ask them to support the Health Impact Assessment amendment to SB619, the so-called Regulatory Reform Act. It's on 2nd reading TOMORROW Friday, so there's no time to waste.More
Issues: Legislation
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