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Action Alerts WVEC August 10, 2022
Upcoming WVDEP session to address Ethylene Oxide
WVDEP is hosting an informal session to update the community on its actions to address Ethylene Oxide air emissions in western Kanawha County. The session is set for Thursday, August 18 from 6-8pm at the Schoenbaum Center, located at 1701 5th Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387. More
Issues: DEPEventPollution
Action Alerts WVEC August 7, 2022
Register Today For The 2022 Environmental Summit September 24 and 25!
Join us for a West Virginia fall weekend of discussion, networking, food, music, bird watching, zip lining, and more! The 2022 Environmental Summit will bring together local and state environmental organizations, activists, and citizens in West Virginia to facilitate conversation around the opportunities and challenges facing the state’s environmental movement. More
Issues: Event
Action Alerts WVEC July 29, 2022
Let Senator Manchin Know You Support The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
This week, Senator Manchin announced his support for the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 which includes investments in climate, infrastructure, jobs and healthcare. We expect a vote next week and Senator Manchin needs to know his constituents support his vote! Call today to let him know what climate investments for West Virginia means to you! More
Issues: Climate changeHealth
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
Document WVEC July 19, 2022
Orphaned Well Plugging
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. The cost of plugging these wells is estimated around 125,000 but  can depend on depth, age, condition and location.  More
Issues: Orphaned wells
Newsletter article WVEC July 8, 2022
Environmental Justice and Enforcement Resources
Representatives from several WVEC member groups met with the U.S. Attorney's Office from both the Northern and Southern districts recently to learn more about their new Environmental Justice and Enforcement effort.  More
Newsletters WVEC July 8, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 11
Happy Summer! We are excited to be back with our July Volume of GREEN. This month we are highlighting several events, actions and opportunities to get involved with our member groups. Please be sure to SAVE THE DATE for West Virginia Environmental Council’s 2022 Environmental Summit Sept 24-25 in Morgantown. Registration is now LIVE!  More
Issues: Clean electionsCoalEnergyEventPollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC July 2, 2022
Registration Now Open: 2022 Environmental Summit in Morgantown September 24 – 25!
The 2022 Environmental Summit will bring together local and state environmental organizations in West Virginia to facilitate conversation around the opportunities and challenges facing the state’s environmental movement. More
Issues: Event
Action Alerts WVEC June 21, 2022
Two actions you can take to help protect West Virginia’s environment!
Action #1: Urge Lawmakers to Solve Abandoned Mine Lands Crisis Without Gouging WV Taxpayers! Action #2: It’s Back - Marcellus Academy 2022 on July 22 and 23 More
Issues: FrackingMarcellusReclamation
Action Alerts WVEC June 17, 2022
Big WV Day Concert in Fairmont Calls on Senator Manchin to Support Federal Bill
The “Jammin' for Jobs & Justice” concert is free, but the organizers have asked that attendees sign up in advance to help make planning easier. More
Issues: Event
Action Alerts WVEC June 14, 2022
Today is WV Gives Green Day
Today is the day! It’s the FIRST-EVER WV Gives Green Day – and we’re excited to be one of the 13 organizations partnering for this cooperative day of giving. We believe there is power in collaboration to uplift the important work being done through environmental and conservation organizations across West Virginia. More
Issues: Event
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
Action Alerts WVEC May 17, 2022
Save the Date! 2022 Environmental Summit, September 24 and 25 in Morgantown
The 2022 Environmental Summit will bring together local and state environmental organizations, activists, and citizens in West Virginia to facilitate conversation around the opportunities and challenges facing the state’s environmental movement. Please plan to join us at the WVU Natural Resources Center in Morgantown for a beautiful (hopefully!) fall weekend of discussion, networking, food, music, bird watching, ziplining, and more! More
Issues: Event
Newsletter article WVEC May 2, 2022
Summary of April Interims and Special Session Call
Interim meetings began at the Legislature in April. Along with Interims, a special session was called by Governor Justice. The special session call included 17 bills to consider. Some of the bills had been vetoed by Justice for technical reasons, some bills didn't make it through the 2022 regular session. There was one new piece of legislation. More
Issues: Legislation
Newsletters WVEC May 2, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 10
Happy May! We are excited to be back post session with our May Volume of GREEN. This month we will cover what happened at April Interims, wonderful Earth Day events that took place across the state, and upcoming actions! Please be sure to SAVE THE DATE for West Virginia Environmental Council’s 2022 Environmental Summit Sept 24-25 in Morgantown. More details to come including registration info and the agenda for the event. More
Issues: Climate changeEventLegislation
Action Alerts WVEC April 7, 2022
Two Webinars Tomorrow, April 8 on Carbon Capture and Sequestration
There are two webinars tomorrow which both feature a conversation on Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) - a controversial concept considered by the WV Legislature this past session with a passage of HB 4491. More
Issues: Carbon capture & storage
Action Alerts WVEC March 23, 2022
March 26: WV DEP Public Meeting on Its Actions to Address Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Air Emissions in Kanawha County
We encourage you to attend this important public meeting to learn more about Ethylene Oxide (EtO) emissions. It will be an open-house format where you will need to be prepared to ask questions. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollution
Newsletter article WVEC March 18, 2022
Recap of 2022 Legislative Session
Our biggest accomplishment during the session was helping defeat HB 2598, the aboveground storage tank bill. This year’s bill would have relaxed inspection requirements on oil and gas tanks located within zones of critical concern, which are 5 hours or less upstream of our drinking water intakes. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksDEPLegislationState parks
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