2023 Legislative Priorities

Call to Action 
There are currently over 6,500 orphaned wells across the state of West Virginia. These wells were left behind by the oil and gas industry, leaving taxpayers responsible for the costs to plug them. Not only is this an economic liability, but these orphaned wells also pose a major threat to landowners’ property rights, to the environment and to the communities in which they are located.

Legislative Updates WVEC March 17, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 9
The 2023 Legislative session is over, and what an exciting and dramatic ride it was! Over the past 60 days, we faced intense moments and challenges, but with your support, we pushed positive bills and defeated harmful ones. In this edition, our lobby team, Lucia Valentine, Maria Russo, and Jillian Welsh, provide a final update on the bills we followed. More
Issues: EventLegislation
Action Alerts WVEC March 8, 2023
Urgent: Tell Senate Finance NO on Costly Nuclear Bill
At any time, the Senate Finance Committee is set to consider HB 2896, which aims to designate West Virginia as an agreement state with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC). However, this move could result in a financial burden of at least 9 million dollars for the state over the next 4-8 years. More
Issues: Nuclear energy
Action Alerts WVEC March 6, 2023
Urgent: Senate Committee to Take Up Nuclear Bill Today
While it has not included it on its agenda for today, the Senate Economic Development Committee plans to take up HB 2896 at 2 PM TODAY. This legislation seeks to make West Virginia an agreement state with the US NRC. HOWEVER, Section F of the bill could open West Virginia to nuclear waste dumps. More
Issues: Nuclear energyPollutionSolid waste
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition March 3, 2023
Urgent! Tell Your Delegate to Vote ‘Yes’ on Floor Amendment to SB 468
The House of Delegates are considering the amended SB 468 that may open the door for off-road vehicles on state public lands. There is a floor amendment that will prohibit any new motorized ATV or off-road vehicle trail in our state parks, forests, and rail trails. The full House of Delegates will vote on this amendment tomorrow March 4.  More
Issues: Public lands
Legislative Updates WVEC March 3, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 8
Welcome to our last newsletter of the 2023 Legislative Session! The session ends at midnight on March 11. We will keep you posted next week via action alerts as we head into the final hours. More
Issues: DEPEdayEnergyPFASPublic landsWater
Action Alerts WVEC March 1, 2023
Protect Our Drinking Water
The PFAS Protection Act, HB 3189, is expected to be voted on Tuesday, March 7 by the Senate Government Organization Committee. This bill will require the state to immediately identify and reduce PFAS at the source and establish required limits on PFAS discharges into our drinking water sources. This bill helps hold polluters responsible for cleaning up and preventing further contamination of our drinking water sources. Tell members of the Senate Government Organization Committee you want them to pass HB 3189, the PFAS Protection Act, to help protect our drinking water sources! More
Issues: HealthPFASWater
Action Alerts WVEC February 27, 2023
WV DEP Holding Public Meeting on Ethylene Oxide Monitoring: Thursday, March 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Over the past year, the WV Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has held a series of public events around its fenceline monitoring project and announced last week that it had signed a collaborative agreement with Union Carbide Corporation’s Institute facility to reduce ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions. It also announced it has published its final report on its monitoring project. To learn more, please attend this week's in-person public meeting on Thursday, March 2, from 6-8 pm. More
Issues: DEPEthylene oxideHealthPollution
Action Alerts WVEC February 27, 2023
E-Day at Capitol TOMORROW!!
ou’re invited to our 2023 Environmental Day (E-Day) at the WV State Capitol! Take advantage of this opportunity to advocate for your community! This year's advocacy day will be held tomorrow, February 28th, from 9 am to 2 pm. More
Issues: EdayEventLegislation
Legislative Updates WVEC February 24, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 7
We're excited to share some great news from the West Virginia Capitol! We have seen some significant victories, with two bills passing the House floor and moving on to the Senate for consideration. HB 3110 and HB 3189 are crucial legislation that impact your community positively. More
Issues: DEPLegislationOil and gasPFASPublic landsWater
Action Alerts WVEC February 21, 2023
You’re invited to Environmental Day!
You’re invited to our 2023 Environmental Day (E-Day) at the WV State Capitol! Take advantage of this opportunity to advocate for your community! This year's advocacy day will be held on February 28th from 9 am to 2 pm. More
Issues: EdayLegislation