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Newsletter article WVEC October 5, 2020
New Member of Our WVEC Team
Hi everyone! My name is Hannah King and I was recently hired as the Outreach Coordinator and Interim Lobbyist for the West Virginia Environmental Council. More
Newsletter article WVEC October 5, 2020
A new book on the 2014 West Virginia drinking water crisis
“I’m Afraid of That Water: A Collaborative Ethnography of a West Virginia Water Crisis” was published this spring by West Virginia University Press.  It’s a collection of oral histories collected in interviews following the 2014 Elk River chemical spill which became a nationally recognized disaster when it polluted the largest public drinking water system in West Virginia. More
Issues: MCHMPollutionWater
Newsletter article WVEC October 5, 2020
A Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change
This week, the newly formed West Virginia Climate Alliance released A Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change. This colorful publication outlines the science of why our planet is warming, the impacts of climate change, and potential solutions for addressing the climate crisis.  More
Issues: Climate change
Newsletters WVEC October 5, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 15
We open this month's newsletter with a big welcome to Hannah King, our outreach coordinator and interim lobbyist! Please read Hannah's article on her background and interests and you'll soon see why we are excited to have her on our team. More
Issues: Climate changePipelinesPollutionWater
Newsletters WVEC September 3, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 14
This month we are happy to welcome the Eastern Panhandle Green Coalition as our newest member group. The Eastern Panhandle Green Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the quality of life for all residents of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia through community education on environmental and political issues; scientific policy research and advocacy; grassroots organizing and coalition building; leadership development; direct citizen action; and media outreach. More
Issues: Clean electionsPollutionWater
Newsletter article WVEC September 2, 2020
Great American Outdoors Act with Land and Water Conservation Fund will benefit West Virginia
The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), S. 3422, was signed into law by the president on August 4, 2020.  It contains components from two previously introduced bills, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Restore Our Parks Act.  On June 17, 2020 the GAOA overwhelmingly passed the Senate by a vote of 73-25.  More
Issues: LegislationWater
Newsletter article WVEC September 2, 2020
It’s Not Too Early to Request Your Absentee Ballot!
Voters will begin receiving their mail-in ballots on September 19. If you are considering using a mail-in ballot, we highly recommend requesting your mail-in ballot as soon as possible, and as soon as you complete it, to mail it in, or deliver it by hand to your county clerk. The last day to request an absentee ballot is October 28. More
Issues: Clean elections
Newsletters WVEC July 30, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 13
A new threat recently emerged for communities along the Ohio River. Three barge docks are proposed to be built along the river to transport oil and gas waste from horizontal and vertical fracking operations. The projects, if approved, could result in the first barges carrying briny fracking wastes on the Ohio River. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollutionWater
Newsletters WVEC July 10, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 12
In the midst of all the turmoil in the world, it was great to have some good news recently with the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This victory was possible thanks to the activism of people like you and the dedication of many of our member groups. The environmental community in West Virginia is mighty and we applaud and thank all who worked so hard for this win for the environment. More
Issues: Clean electionsClimate changeEnergyOil and gasWater
Newsletters WVEC June 1, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 11
Welcome to the June issue of GREEN. As our latest newsletter goes live, our world is in turmoil from two diseases. One, COVID-19, is new and causing a global pandemic. The other has been with us far too long: Systemic racism, which has most-recently manifested itself in white vigilantes taking the life of a jogging black man, a woman in Central Park weaponizing her whiteness against a black bird-watcher, and police violence taking the lives of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and the resulting protests and rage in the streets.  More
Issues: Clean electionsOil and gasPollutionRenewable energyWater
Newsletters WVEC May 1, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 10
Welcome to the first post-session issue of GREEN! While so much has changed since we last reached out to you, I hope that you and yours are safe and healthy. In these times it is important, now more than ever, for us all to stay connected, and we hope this newsletter helps by playing a small role. More
Issues: Appalachian Storage HubClean electionsHealthWater
Newsletter article WVEC April 27, 2020
Policies to Support Communities Post-Coal and Post-COVID-19
Congress must take specific action to help coalfield communities rebound from the economic challenges that existed before COVID-19 and that continue to worsen amidst the pandemic. At the same time, actions to stimulate the economy must have the support of communities directly impacted by abandoned mine sites, including when and whether to start working in the face of COVID-19. More
Issues: HealthLegislation
Newsletter article WVEC April 27, 2020
Let’s Kick ASH
During the Legislative Session, E-Council lobbyists and member groups were keeping an eye on legislation that would support a proposed regional build-out of a colossal petrochemical complex in the Ohio River Valley region. More
Issues: Appalachian Storage HubHealthPollutionWater
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
Newsletter article WVEC March 13, 2020
Thank you from your lobby team!
From me and Kayla to our friends on the West Virginia Environmental Council board, our friends from the member groups, and all of you who helped shore up the work we were doing in the Capitol, a giant THANK YOU! More
Newsletter article WVEC March 13, 2020
Action Needed – Tell Governor Justice to VETO HB4615
House Bill 4615, the anti-protest bill being touted as “criminal infrastructure protection,” is intended to intimidate and silence environmentalists. It hands industry even more power, with no regard for our people. Further criminalizing actions that are already illegal is unnecessary and will further crowd our jails and prisons. More
Issues: Anti-protest
Newsletter article WVEC March 13, 2020
The good, the bad, and the ugly…
It took us a few days to decompress to compile everything that’s happened over the last 60 days. Here’s a breakdown of the most important bills we worked on. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationRenewable energyWater
Legislative Updates WVEC March 13, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 9
It took us a few days to decompress to compile everything that’s happened over the last 60 days. Here’s a breakdown of the most important bills we worked on. Tagged: Aboveground tanks, Legislation, Renewable energy, Water More
Action Alerts WVEC March 6, 2020
Ask Delegates to Vote YES on SCR 46 the PFAS Study Bill
The West Virginia Senate has taken a step towards safer drinking water with the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 46. This Resolution requires the WVDEP and WVDHHR to identify the presence of PFAS in drinking water supplies. Now, the Resolution is headed to the House floor for consideration. More
Issues: HealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC March 5, 2020
HB4615: An Update + Action Needed
On Wednesday, HB4615, the anti-protest bill targeting the little guy standing up for their rights, was heard in Senate Judiciary after passing the House a few weeks ago. The bill was amended in the committee, lessening penalties, and making limited exceptions, but we still OPPOSE THIS BILL. More
Issues: Anti-protest
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