Posts by Lucia Valentine

Lucia Valentine

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Newsletter article Lucia Valentine September 23, 2023
Call to Action: Urge Your Legislators to Support Orphan Well Prevention Act
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. More
Issues: Orphaned wells
Newsletter article Lucia Valentine July 15, 2023
Urgent Action Needed to Address Orphaned Wells
West Virginia has over 6,500 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. More
Issues: Orphaned wells
Newsletter article Lucia Valentine November 2, 2022
Join Our Energy Campaign – We Need You!
The West Virginia Environmental Council and the West Virginia Sierra Club energy campaign focuses on developing grassroots support for legislation that addresses the issues of unplugged wells, underbonding of reclamation sites, and the pending bankruptcy of the Special Reclamation Fund. More
Issues: Reclamation
Kanawha River and WV Coal Legislature
Newsletter article Lucia Valentine November 2, 2022
Our 2023 Legislative Priorities
The 2023 Regular Legislative Session runs January 11 - March 11 2023. The West Virginia Environmental Council’s list of legislative priorities includes bills we support and those we want to stop on a range of energy, clean water and public lands and elections policies.  More
Issues: LegislationRenewable energyWater
Newsletter article Lucia Valentine January 28, 2022
Public Hearing on HB 2882, Repealing the Nuclear Ban
The House Committee on Government Organization held a public hearing on Friday, January 28th on House Bill 2882, repealing the ban on nuclear power. This hearing allowed the public to weigh in on this important issue and discuss what it would mean for our state. We had several of our member groups testify; Conservation West Virginia, WV Citizen Action, WV Climate Alliance, and NAACP Charleston.  More
Issues: LegislationNuclear energy