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Action Alerts WVEC April 17, 2024
Engage with Candidates this Primary Season!
West Virginia’s primary election season offers an excellent opportunity to meet and engage with candidates running for office. In fact, it may be one of the few times candidates are really tuned in to their constituents’ concerns. By attending candidate debate forums and meet-and-greet events, you can share information and personal stories about critical environmental issues that are important to you. More
Issues: Clean electionsLegislation
Action Alerts WVEC March 23, 2024
Hydrogen Energy Listening Session and more
Hydrogen Energy Listening Session | Help protect public lands! | Register for a Community Action Event in Charleston! More
Issues: Energy efficiencyPublic lands
Newsletter article WVEC March 18, 2024
Who are West Virginia Legislators listening to when it comes to solar energy?
Any way you slice it, West Virginians want community solar. The data are clear: nearly 70 percent of West Virginians support community solar. Yet solar-related bills did not make it onto a committee agenda this session. More
Issues: Community solar
Newsletter article WVEC March 18, 2024
Upcoming events
Corridor H Visual Assessment Training at Parson's Community Center, Sunday, March 24 at 1 pm I Webinar Series: Community Air Monitoring Fundamentals, April 2024 | The Cheat River Festival in Albright, WV, May 3 and May 4 | Save the Date: WVEC Annual Meeting Sept. 13-15, 2024 | Save the Date for E-Day 2025! More
Issues: EventPollution
Newsletter article WVEC March 18, 2024
2024 Legislative Session Round Up 
Any legislator, lobbyist, or press member who spent the past two months at the Capitol can affirm that the 2024 session was anything but ordinary. One lawmaker told us it was the worst session they’d seen in over a decade. It’s not surprising, then, that while we hoped to get several proactive bills like the Orphaned Well Prevention Act and Community Solar passed, most of our efforts went toward defeating harmful bills instead. More
Issues: LegislationNet meteringOrphaned wellsPollution
Legislative Updates WVEC March 18, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 9
The 2024 legislative session proved uniquely challenging, with lobbyists Isabel Stellato and Lucia Valentine navigating obstacles at the Capitol. We celebrate this year’s victories in their Legislative Recap.  More
Issues: EventLegislationWater
Legislative Updates WVEC March 1, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 8
Welcome to our last newsletter of the 2024 Legislative Session. Stay tuned for any final action alerts next week, and please see the several actions below you can take now! More
Issues: HealthLandowner rightsLegislationPollutionPublic lands
Newsletter article WVEC March 1, 2024
WVEC Weekly Round-Up
As the session enters its final week, read on to learn which bills we’re working to defeat, why they’re bad, and how you can help. Lots can happen during these final days, so please keep a lookout for action alerts and other updates! Sadly, the only bills left are ones we oppose. Here’s what’s still alive. More
Issues: LegislationLoggingPollutionPublic lands
Action Alerts WVEC March 1, 2024
Act Now: Tell your Delegate to Protect Landowners’ Rights! 
Some West Virginia lawmakers are trying to pass legislation severely restricting West Virginians’ ability to manage their timber through forest carbon offsets. Senate Bill 618 would introduce restrictive measures that could discourage private investments in our state and undermine the rights of landowners.  More
Issues: Landowner rightsLegislation
Legislative Updates WVEC February 23, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 7
As Crossover Day approaches, we want to take a moment to thank you for your phone calls, emails, and donations throughout the 2024 session. Making our voices heard is a community effort, and we’re deeply grateful for your continued support.  More
Issues: LegislationOrphaned wellsPollution
Newsletter article WVEC February 23, 2024
WVEC Weekly Round-Up
Crossover day is quickly approaching! Bills must make it out of their house of origin by Wednesday, February 28. Here’s what we are watching More
Action Alerts WVEC February 20, 2024
Crunch Time: Urge Your Legislators TODAY to Put SB 532 – The Orphaned Well Prevention Act – On the Agenda!
Legislators are considering the Orphaned Well Prevention Act (OWPA), SB 532 and HB 5414, that would require West Virginia oil and gas well operators to set aside money for future well plugging so that the cost does not fall on taxpayers or landowners. More
Issues: LegislationOrphaned wells
Newsletter article WVEC February 16, 2024
E-Day Attendees Call For Solar Energy Policies and Protections for Our Air and Water
Over 125 student, citizen, civic, university and environmental group members attending Environmental Day (E-Day) made their presence known at the State Capitol with 35 display tables, meetings with legislators, and information about their impressive and vital work. More
Issues: Eday
Newsletter article WVEC February 16, 2024
Weekly Round-Up
WVEC had a busy week at the legislature! E-Day came and went on Tuesday, February 13, and several environmental advocates and students joined us to make their voices heard throughout the Capitol! As we move closer to Crossover Day (February 28), we are working on several key bills to ensure they hit their respective committee agendas in time. On the other hand, several harmful bills are sitting in committees - let’s help keep them there!  More
Issues: Net meteringPollutionSolar power
Newsletter article WVEC February 16, 2024
Upcoming events
TONIGHT! King Coal Film Screening and Discussion, Friday, Feb. 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm | Community Outreach Meeting for Mercer-McDowell-Wyoming Counties, Saturday, Feb. 17 at 12 pm | Save the Date: WVEC Annual Meeting Sept. 13-15, 2024 More
Issues: EventFrackingPipelines
Legislative Updates WVEC February 16, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 6
We have a lot of updates to share with you this week as we head into the home stretch of the 2024 legislative session. On Tuesday, we celebrated our largest E-Day ever! Thanks to all who worked for months to organize it and those who traveled across the state to attend! Read on for more from our President, Sandra Fallon. More
Issues: EdayLegislationNet meteringPollutionSolar power
Newsletter article WVEC February 10, 2024
Join us for E-Day 2024 this Tuesday!
Join us for Environmental Day (E-Day) at the WV State Capitol this Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 9 am - 2 pm! Register here.

Issues: Eday
Newsletter article WVEC February 10, 2024
Weekly Round-Up
This week’s focus was working to amend HB 5018 (the community air monitoring bill) as it moved through the House, lobbying for the Orphaned Well Prevention Act and following a new bill, HB 5076. We’ve also been prepping for E-Day, which is coming up this Tuesday, February 13. More
Issues: Community solarNet meteringOrphaned wellsPollution
Newsletter article WVEC February 9, 2024
Impressions of the WV Legislature from a First-Time Lobbyist
It’s hard to believe we’ve come to the halfway point of the session. I don’t need to rely on landmarks as much to orient myself in the Capitol, and I can match names with the now-familiar faces I pass every day. And, while we’re still in the thick of it, I’m starting to make sense out of the heaps of information that piled up so fast in the beginning. More
Issues: LegislationPollution
Legislative Updates WVEC February 9, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 5
We have officially reached the halfway point of the WV Legislative Session! In this week’s Round-Up, Lucia and Isabel break down current bills we oppose and support. Thank you for all of your calls and emails so far! Check out WVEC’s recent media interviews, and stay tuned for action alerts as the session gets busier in the coming weeks.  More
Issues: EdaySocial justice
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