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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
Legislative Updates WVEC March 18, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 9
What a wild ride the last 60 days have been! We’ve spent the last two months at the WV State Capitol working hard to help stop the bad environmental bills and help advance the good ones forward. We were successful in defeating several harmful bills and fortunate to see a few good ones cross the finish line before Sine Die. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to read our updates, share our posts on social media, and participate in our action alerts. Your efforts were imperative in helping us accomplish our goals. We couldn’t have done it without your support! More
Issues: EnergyLegislationOpportunity
Coal sunset
Action Alerts WVEC March 6, 2022
Public Hearing Tomorrow, Monday, March 7 on SB 1: Creation of a Mining Mutual Insurance Company
Please plan to attend Monday's public hearing on Senate Bill 1 at 6PM in the House Chamber. SB 1 has passed the Senate and is now awaiting consideration for passage by the House. If passed, the bill would require a transfer of $50 million from the WV Department of Environmental Protection's budget to create a new fund called Department of Environmental Protection Mining Mutual Insurance Company Fund. More
Issues: Coal
Legislative Updates WVEC March 4, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 8
Time has flown by! Today marks the 52nd day of the Legislative Session, leaving one final week between now and sine die. Thank you all for your support so far on all of our action alerts - we will keep you posted this final week with action alerts! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well for the latest. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationOil and gasRenewable energyState parks
Newsletter article WVEC March 4, 2022
Legislative Update – Week #8
With crossover day behind us, we are focused on several bills that still have a chance to pass. Keep an eye out for action alerts! The session ends on Saturday, March 12 at midnight. Read on for what happened with bills this week. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationOil and gasRecycling
Newsletter article WVEC March 4, 2022
WV v EPA Climate Rally 
On February 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard from coal companies and their partisan allies in the case WV v EPA, a lawsuit which aims to gut the Clean Air Act and limit the federal government's ability to address climate change. I traveled to Washington, DC to join climate activists and participate in the Supreme Court Climate Rally Day of Activation Event. 225 advocates gathered to send a message that the EPA’s authority to regulate pollution under the Clean Air Act is a public health necessity and crucial in our fight against climate change. More
Issues: Climate changeEPA
Newsletter article WVEC February 25, 2022
Legislative Update – Week #7
Bills we are watching: Aboveground Storage Tank Act, WV DEP Office of Oil and Gas Funding Bills, Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training, Carbon Capture & Sequestration, Zoning, Recycling, Waste Management. With crossover day approaching, we expect things to really start moving next week. Keep an eye out for action alerts! The session ends on Saturday, March 12 at midnight. More
Issues: Legislation
Legislative Updates WVEC February 25, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 7
Just two more weeks to go in the legislative session! A few of the bills we are following hit committee agendas and were voted on in both chambers this week. Monday was the last day to introduce bills in the Senate. Wednesday, March 2, is Crossover Day, the last day to consider bills on 3rd reading in their house of origin. March 12 is the last day of the session. More
Issues: Clean electionsState parks
Newsletter article WVEC February 18, 2022
Legislative Update – Week #6
By: Lucia Valentine & Hannah King Bills on the move: Aboveground Storage Tank Act HB 2598 – Modifying the inspection requirements and the definition of an above ground storage tank Sponsors: Kelly, J. (Lead), Anderson, Mandt, Horst, Barnhart, Conley, Cooper, Zatezalo, Queen, Rohrbach Last Action: Passed the House and referred to Senate Energy, Industry and […] More
Issues: Legislation
Newsletter article WVEC February 18, 2022
Thanks for Your Support During Our Virtual E-Day!
Thank you to everyone who attended our E-Day event on Wednesday night!. For those of you who couldn't attend, here’s a link to our livestream on Facebook.
We want to extend a huge thank you to our panelists, Angie Rosser with WV Rivers Coalition, Delegate Evan Hansen, Senator Richard Lindsay, and Cory Chase with WV Highlands Conservancy for presenting on the most pressing issues we’re following during the legislative session. Thank you so much! More

Issues: Eday
Legislative Updates WVEC February 18, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 6
We just completed week six of the Legislature! Tuesday was the last day to introduce bills in the House and this Monday, February 21, will be the last day to do so in the Senate. We have compiled a list of bills we are watching, both good and bad, and will continue to update this list as we go. We also hosted our virtual E-Day event on Wednesday, and you can find the link to our livestream in the article below. Check out the other articles to see what's happening! More
Issues: EdayLegislation
Action Alerts WVEC February 15, 2022
E-Day is Tomorrow – Join Us!
Our annual E-Day will be held virtually tomorrow, February 16 from 6:00 - 7:30PM. E-Day is free but registration is required. A $10 suggested donation goes toward supporting our 2022 lobby team. $50 or more gets you our latest t-shirt! More
Issues: EdayEventLegislation
Legislative Updates WVEC February 11, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 5
It’s week five of the Legislature! We’re continuing to update the list of bills we’re tracking—both good and bad—as the session progresses. Take a look at the Legislative Update article below to see what's happening! Click here for links to committees and more information on how to contact your legislators. More
Issues: EdayLegislation
Newsletter article WVEC February 11, 2022
Join Us Next Week for Virtual E-Day 2022!
This year, our E-Day will be hosted online via Zoom on Feb. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. Click here to register! Our annual day of advocacy will include a legislative update from a couple of our member groups, West Virginia legislators, and the WVEC lobby team on bills we’re following and other happenings at the Capitol. More
Issues: EventLegislation
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