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Newsletter article  December 13, 2020
Keeping the DEP Accountable in the Eastern Panhandle
The book released earlier this year by West Virginia University Press, I’m Afraid of That Water: A Collaborative Ethnography of a West Virginia Water Crisis, was profiled in the October edition of GREEN. This collection of stories from the 2014 Elk River chemical spill and ensuing water crisis highlight the importance of protecting the quality of the water supply. More
Issues: Water
Newsletter article  December 11, 2020
Building a Resilient Food and Agriculture System in the Mountain State
Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know who grew it? How many fossil fuels were consumed to produce, process, transport, and store the food that sits on your shelf? At the center of these questions lies irreversible impacts to our environment, and at the same time, changing the answer to these questions personally does not solve the issue. More
Issues: Climate change
Newsletter article  October 5, 2020
Thursday, October 22 “Climate Generations” Webinar — Register Now!
YOU ARE INVITED to attend a free, live, expert-led webinar -- on Thursday, October 22, from 6-8 PM USET – titled "What Do We Tell The Kids -- and What Are They Telling Us? -- Generational Perspectives and the Climate Crisis." More
Issues: Climate change
Newsletter article  October 5, 2020
WVEC Member Group Profile: Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance (MLPA)
Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance was started in 2013 to bring the facts to the public, and local governmental bodies. We described the permanent environmental damage that is occurring due to the construction of these unnecessary pipelines being built on the backs of electric utility ratepayers when the majority of the gas will be exported for corporate profit. More
Issues: EnergyOil and gasPipelines
Newsletter article  October 5, 2020
DEP Stormwater General Permits – Back Door Back Sliding
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program in West Virginia for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In doing so, the DEP writes Stormwater General Permits that provide standards for construction and operation activities across the state that could poison or pollute water resources. More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletter article  July 30, 2020
Pickin’ on Rockwool
Sunday, August 9, 2020, 4-8 PM jeffersoncountyvision.com More
Issues: HealthPollution
Newsletter article  July 30, 2020
Is the EPA turning a blind eye to WVDEP? 
Watershed protection organizations from three states plead with the EPA to make West Virginia follow the Clean Water Act. This article is a news release sent out on July 21, 2020, an effort led by the Jefferson County Foundation. It was picked up by Bloomberg News on July 22.  More
Issues: DEPPollutionWater
Newsletter article  July 10, 2020
New Sierra Club Rep Works on  Energy & Environmental Justice
Karan Ireland is the new Sierra Club Senior Campaign Representative for Central Appalachia. In this capacity, she will be working on the Beyond Coal and Beyond Dirty Fuels campaigns, as well as working to further a plan for economic diversification and a just transition to a sustainable future.  More
Issues: EnergySocial justice
Newsletter article  July 10, 2020
Webinar Announcement – “Who Speaks for the Trees?”
The world's oldest and most diverse forests -- in the USA, and around the world -- are being cut down faster every year. We are losing our planet's most valuable natural protection against runaway global warming -- and at an alarming rate! We must protect and preserve the forest ecosystems that keep our planet and atmosphere in balance. More
Issues: Climate change
Newsletter article  July 10, 2020
Thinking about the Economics of Petrochemicals
One of the clichés of our public policy has long been that we have to “balance” the environmental and social costs of coal, oil, and gas extraction with the benefits to our economy.  For pretty much forever, our public policy has assumed that coal is so important to our economy that we should put up with a great deal of environmental and social cost in order to assure that the industry prospers. More
Issues: Oil and gasRenewable energy