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Blog WVEC November 3, 2022
Rally to Protect Upper Cheat River
On November 14th, community members, friends of wildlife, climate activists, outdoor enthusiasts, and more will gather at Elkins US Forest Service Office at 1pm to call for a lasting, durable rule that protects mature and old-growth forests on federal lands as a cornerstone of US climate policy. More
Issues: Climate change
Kanawha River and WV Coal Legislature
Blog WVEC November 1, 2022
2023 Legislative Priorities
Community Solar - promote access to affordable renewable energy through a solar facility subscription service where customers can purchase an interest in a solar facility and use credits against their electric utility costs. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyRenewable energyState parksWater
Blog WVEC October 25, 2022
2023 Lobby Team Job Openings
The West Virginia Environmental Council (WVEC) is hiring its 2023 lobby team to provide contracted services between January 11, 2023 – March 11, 2023. Team roles will include a communications coordinator and up to two lobbyists. More
Issues: Opportunity
Blog WVEC July 19, 2022
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. More
Issues: Orphaned wells
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
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