About WVEC

The West Virginia Environmental Council
An Effective Voice at the Legislature Since 1989

Who Are We?

The mission of the West Virginia Environmental Council is to facilitate communication and cooperation among citizens in promoting environmental protection in West Virginia, to assist in organizing grass roots groups, to facilitate interaction among established environmental organizations, and to correspond with all appropriate local, state, and federal agencies involved in the management of West Virginia’s environment.

In our legislative efforts we work closely with our member organizations.  Sometimes we take the lead on issues.  At other times they take the lead, and we assist in the background. We always acknowledge the efforts of our member groups in our G.R.E.E.N. Newsletter and our Legislative Updates.

Click here for a historical list of WVEC E-Day! Award Recipients

A Few Proud Accomplishments

2022:

Defeated HB 2598, the Above Ground Storage Tank Act. This bill sought to deregulate oil and gas waste tanks closest to our drinking water intakes, putting health at risk.

Defeated HB 4553, a bill that would have exempted wholesale generators – nuclear, coal, solar, wind, geothermal – from local zoning codes and ordinances. Stopping this bill preserves local control and protects communities.

Amended HB4408, the Public Lands Privatization bill. The bill now requires a public hearing, reduced the contract period from 50 to 40 years, prohibits the DNR director from leaving their position and going to work for a newly contracted company within the first year, and requires any new contract to be approved by the Secretaries of the Department of Commerce, the Department of Tourism, and the Department of Economic Development.

Passed SB 480 out of the Senate though it died in House Finance. This bill secured funding for the WVDEP’s Office of Oil and Gas. The bill would have established an annual oversight fee of $100 for wells to increase the current number of 9 inspectors within the WVDEP’s Office of Oil and Gas to 20 inspectors.

Defeated SB 554, the Solid Waste Management Bill. This bill was tabled and aimed to transfer the duties and responsibilities of the Solid Waste Management Board to the DEP.

2021:

Defeating the exemption of oil and gas tanks from regular inspection under the Abovegroud Storage Tank Act – HB 2598.

Legalizing Power Purchase Agreements for on-site solar power – HB 3310.

Creating a program to reduce energy usage in State buildings – HB 2667.

Defeating a restrictive voter access bill – SB 565.

Co-creating the first People’s Public Hearing.

2020:

Establishing priorities for expenditures for plugging abandoned gas or oil wells.

Creating a program to further development of renewable energy resources.

Creating Critical Needs/Failing Systems Sub Account.

Disposition of funds from oil and natural gas wells due to unknown/unlocatable interest owners.

 

2016:

Revising exceptions from FOIA provided for in Aboveground Storage Tank Act.

Modifying certain air pollution standards.

2015:

Restoration of “Category A” status to the lower 72-mile stretch of the Kanawha River.

Requiring public water utilities to develop and submit source water protection plans.

Development of an affordable recycling program for businesses.

2014:

Creating the Above Ground Storage Tank Act.

Future Fund Bill.

2013:

Making the Supreme Court Public Campaign Financing Act a permanent program.

Monongahela Act.

Complete Streets Act.

Some of the Bad Legislation We Have Helped Stop:

2021:

Stopped the exemption of oil and gas tanks from inspection under Aboveground Storage Tank Act.

Stopped suppressive voter access bill .

2020:

Stopped the exemption of oil and gas tanks from inspection under Aboveground Storage Tank Act.

HB4690 – Relating to solid waste facilities.

2018:

Stopped State Parks Logging Bill.

Stopped The Regulatory Reform Act of 2018.

Stopped the abolishment of Environmental Advocate at DEP.

Stopped the Appointment of Industry Advocate at DEP .

Stopped bill allowed industrial energy users and manufacturers to negotiate discounted rates at the expense of ratepayers .

2016:

Stopped bill allowing well pad and road construction with only a storm water permit for oil and gas activities.

2015:

Stopped bill regarding permits for stationary sources of air pollution .

See the History Archive for more…

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