Join Our Energy Campaign – We Need You!

By Lucia Valentine 

The West Virginia Environmental Council and the West Virginia Sierra Club energy campaign focuses on developing grassroots support for legislation that addresses the issues of unplugged wells, underbonding of reclamation sites, and the pending bankruptcy of the Special Reclamation Fund.The campaign is building momentum around these issues now before we head into the 2023 legislative session. 

Join our volunteer base to help write op-eds and attend in-district meetings with legislators. We will help coordinate a meeting and provide help with drafting an op-ed or letter to the editor. It is important for legislators to hear from their constituents about these issues before we head into the 2023 legislative session so that we can start creating momentum now. Please reach out to me at 

Please reference our Social Media Toolkit for talking points for potential OPEDs/LTEs. Please also help amplify this work on social media!

The Fact Sheet and Call to Action for both Mineland Reclamation and Plugging Orphaned Wells are linked below.


Fact Sheet

Call to Action


Fact Sheet

Call to Action

Check out a few of our published articles as part of the energy campaign!

Orphan Well Crisis in WV– Martinsburg Journal 

Proper reclamation needed to plug gas wells in Mon County– Dominion Post

Updated: November 2, 2022 — 12:23 pm

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  1. I may be interested in this. I would point out that there is another energy source which may leak poisons for, literally, up to a million years if not properly remediated, namely nuclear power, for which there IS no safe and reliable remediation of spent fuel. Therefore we need to block the siting of nukes here in the first place. Also the new razzle-dazzle about a hydrogen hub is a scheme to extend fossil fuels and will lead to increased emissions. Is it not true that if coal and oil and gas companies had to put up bonds up front for the full costs of capping/cleanup, none of them would be profitable, which is why they are never made to do so, which means the assumption is that they will declare bankruptcy whenever profitability can’t be maintained, leaving cleanup costs to taxpayers or just never done?

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