Help Protect and Expand Solar in WV

By supporting net metering and community solar programs, we can safeguard our energy freedom and preserve the emerging energy sector. Learn more about solar here.

Urgent Action Needed to Address Orphaned Wells

West Virginia has over 6,500 documented orphaned oil and gas wells. An abandoned well is defined as one that has not been produced in 12 months. An orphaned well is one that no longer produces, and the driller has gone out of business. With no operator, the expense and effort to plug them falls to the landowner or the taxpayers.

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Legislative Updates WVEC February 23, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 7
As Crossover Day approaches, we want to take a moment to thank you for your phone calls, emails, and donations throughout the 2024 session. Making our voices heard is a community effort, and we’re deeply grateful for your continued support.  More
Issues: LegislationOrphaned wellsPollution
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 23, 2024
Urgent Action Needed: Comment on Chemours Consent Order by Feb 25!
We need your voice to oppose environmental injustice in Belle, WV. The WVDEP is considering a consent order for Chemours Optima Belle which allows Chemours to discharge ethylbenzene into the Kanawha River at levels six times higher than the human health criteria set by the EPA. Ethylbenzene is a possible carcinogen and is known to cause tumors in animals. More
Issues: HealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 20, 2024
Save our State Parks – Ask your two Senators to vote YES on Senator Stover’s Amendment to SB 688.
We need your help RIGHT NOW to protect our State Parks and Rail Trails. Please contact your two State Senators now - before the Senate meets on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 11 am. More
Issues: LegislationState parks
Action Alerts WVEC February 20, 2024
Crunch Time: Urge Your Legislators TODAY to Put SB 532 – The Orphaned Well Prevention Act – On the Agenda!
Legislators are considering the Orphaned Well Prevention Act (OWPA), SB 532 and HB 5414, that would require West Virginia oil and gas well operators to set aside money for future well plugging so that the cost does not fall on taxpayers or landowners. More
Issues: LegislationOrphaned wells
Legislative Updates WVEC February 16, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 6
We have a lot of updates to share with you this week as we head into the home stretch of the 2024 legislative session. On Tuesday, we celebrated our largest E-Day ever! Thanks to all who worked for months to organize it and those who traveled across the state to attend! Read on for more from our President, Sandra Fallon. More
Issues: EdayLegislationNet meteringPollutionSolar power
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 15, 2024
Ask your State Senator to Vote NO on HB 5018
We need your help stopping HB 5018. This bill has passed through the House of Delegates and is now under consideration by the State Senate. This Unclean Air Act prohibits the use of community-collected data in courts — for both the public and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. More
Issues: Pollution
Legislative Updates WVEC February 9, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 5
We have officially reached the halfway point of the WV Legislative Session! In this week’s Round-Up, Lucia and Isabel break down current bills we oppose and support. Thank you for all of your calls and emails so far! Check out WVEC’s recent media interviews, and stay tuned for action alerts as the session gets busier in the coming weeks.  More
Issues: EdaySocial justice
Action Alerts WVEC February 5, 2024
Reminder: Register Today for Our E-Day Advocacy Webinar Tomorrow @ 7 pm!
In case you missed it, I invite you to our free webinar tomorrow night, Feb. 6, from 7 to 8 pm! Our E-Day Advocacy: Bills and Talking Points webinar will offer the latest on bills we are tracking. Sign up here! More
Issues: EdayEvent
Legislative Updates WVEC February 2, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 4
We just concluded day 24 of the legislative session!  Thank you for sending in your comments and participating in today’s public hearing on House Bill 5018 to protect community air monitoring. Only two speakers, both industry lobbyists, spoke out in support of the bill, and we appreciate your work to amplify our collective voice opposing this bad piece of legislation. More
Issues: Community solarLegislationOpportunityPollutionSolar power
Action Alerts WVEC February 1, 2024
Tomorrow at 9 am: We Need Your Voice to Protect Community Monitoring
On Tuesday, January 30, the House Committee on Energy and Manufacturing passed HB 5018 out of committee, and it is heading to the House floor despite the advocacy of more than 400 individuals against this industry-backed bill. We urge you to stand with us in opposing HB 5018 and demand the rejection of this detrimental bill. More
Issues: LegislationPollution