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Water pollution from coal
Blog WVEC May 25, 2022
Call to Action 
Did you know that West Virginia has over 173,000 acres of unreclaimed mineland? This is land left behind after coal companies have mined our mountains. West Virginia has a long way to go to restore the viability of abandoned mine lands which is important to  improve water quality, revitalize landscapes, and create jobs and economic development in coal communities.  More
Issues: CoalEnergyReclamation
Blog WVEC May 25, 2022
Underbonding of Reclamation Sites and Pending Bankruptcy of the Special Reclamation Fund

WVEC, WV Sierra Club Energy Campaign Fact Sheet

In March 2022, the legislature passed SB1, a bill that creates a mining mutual insurance company to provide bonds to failing coal companies that can not get insured through the private sector. The Legislature allocated $50 million in taxpayer dollars for seed money for the new insurance company. Legislators testified that this initial earmark could be just the beginning in what could be a long-term taxpayer bailout of the coal industry. More

Issues: CoalEnergyReclamation
Blog WVEC January 21, 2022
Now Hiring: Conservation Organizer and Outreach Coordinator
The West Virginia Environmental Council is seeking a conservation organizer and outreach coordinator to join its 2022 lobby team and continue the remainder of the year, and possibly beyond if funds are available. The organizer position will expand the Lobby Team outreach activities to increase citizen engagement and activism for a range of WVEC conservation priorities, with an emphasis on energy issues.  More
Issues: Opportunity
Blog WVEC October 26, 2021
Join Our 2022 Lobby Team
The WV Environmental Council is currently accepting applications for our 2022 lobby team. The 2022 legislative session will run from January 12 - March 12, 2022. Send any questions to info@wvecouncil.org. More
Issues: Opportunity
Blog WV Rivers Coalition May 16, 2020
WV Rivers to Host Climate and Water Webinar Series
West Virginians are seeing the effects of the changing climate and researchers across the state are studying what it means for West Virginia. Over the next few weeks, WV Rivers will be highlighting these scientists and their research through our virtual Climate and Water Lunch & Learn Series. During the live webinars, you’ll learn first-hand from the researchers on the front line of the climate crisis. More
Issues: Climate changePollutionWater
Blog WVEC April 27, 2020
Outreach Coordinator & Interim Lobbyist Position Description
The West Virginia Environmental Council (WVEC) seeks a part-time outreach coordinator and interim lobbyist. More
Blog Don Alexander December 30, 2019
Can you please support us with a year-end contribution?
We have our lobby team in place and are ready to work at the State Capitol to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe. And, as in every year before, we can’t do it without your help. More
Issues: EdayEvent
Blog WVEC January 7, 2019
2019 West Virginia Environmental Council lobbying priorities
Water protection including updating state water quality standards with EPA recommended human health criteria, Advance renewable energy options including Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), Protect public lands, including prohibiting commercial logging in State Parks to preserve the integrity and intent of State Parks... More
Issues: Clean electionsLegislationOil and gasRenewable energyState parksWater
Blog WVEC December 11, 2018
Blackwater Canyon Threatened by Huge Energy Storage Facility
A huge, industrial “pumped storage” proposal has raised its head again in Tucker County – this time not in Canaan Valley, but impacting the iconic Blackwater Canyon. More
Issues: Appalachian Storage HubPollutionWater
Blog WVEC November 16, 2018
Movie and Discussion: ‘What Lies Upstream’
Saturday, November 17, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Moundsville More
Issues: HealthOil and gasPollution
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