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Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition April 6, 2021
Countdown to End of 2021 Legislative Session: Tank Deregulation Bill an Impending Threat
We're in the final days of the 2021 Legislative Session and HB 2598 still threatens our waters as it is on the continues to pose a threat as it is on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda today (4/6). Contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, before they vote on the bill. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksPollutionWater
Legislative Updates WVEC April 2, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 9
Welcome to the last newsletter of the 2021 Legislative Session. We are not done yet as the final 8 days of the session promise to be critical. (The session ends at midnight on Saturday, April 10).  More
Issues: Aboveground tanksEventLegislationOpportunityWater
Newsletter article WVEC April 2, 2021
Facts Behind HB 2598 and Number of Exempt Tanks by Affected County
Please call your Senate Judiciary Committee members on Monday and encourage them to vote NO on HB 2598. Read below for talking points and a list of oil and gas tanks by West Virginia county that would be exempted. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksPollutionWater
Newsletter article  April 2, 2021
ALERT! Tell Legislators Not to Cut the Budget for WV DEP Oil and Gas Well Inspectors
The staffing level of the DEP Office of Oil and Gas was cut from 40 to 25 positions last year due to a budget deficit. There is now only 1 oil and gas inspector for every 7000 oil or gas wells and their associated tanks in West Virginia.  On top of that, the House of Delegates passed, and the Senate is considering, H.B. 2598 that will drop inspection of 800 oil and gas well tanks by the Division of Water and Waste Management. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksWater
Action Alerts WVEC March 31, 2021
Today is Crossover Day when bills must pass their house of origin to stay alive
Here’s a quick recap of some bills we are still watching and how you can help. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksEnergy efficiencyPower purchase agreements
Legislative Updates WVEC March 26, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 8
It’s been a crucial week at the WV Legislature and we hope you can take action on some of these important bills tomorrow or Monday (legislators will be working tomorrow). Several of them are currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bills are also originating in committee so there is a lot to watch. Please keep making your calls and sending emails - thank you! More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationPower purchase agreementsWater
Newsletter article WVEC March 26, 2021
Busy Week at the WV Legislature: Here’s the Latest
We have compiled a list of bills we are following with updates and recommendations on actions you can take to help us out! More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCoalDEPEnergy efficiencyPower purchase agreementsWater
Newsletter article WVEC March 20, 2021
Legislative Update 
The environmental bills we are watching had little activity this week. The Water Quality Standards Rule, HB 2382, was quickly thrown onto the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda for Tuesday earlier this week, but was pulled off the agenda due to time constraints. This bill is now on the Judiciary Committee agenda for Monday, March 22 at 3 pm. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksPollutionWater
Kanawha River and WV Coal Legislature
Legislative Updates WVEC March 20, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 7
We just concluded week 6 at the legislature and not many bills we are watching moved this week. However, as we are well into the session, some important deadlines are coming up. Tuesday, March 16, is the last day for bills to be introduced in the House and March 22 is the last day for bills to be introduced in the Senate. March 28 is the last day for bills to be reported out of committees and March 31 is crossover day. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationPower purchase agreementsWater
Newsletter article WVEC March 5, 2021
Legislative Update, Day 24
Thank you to everyone who has participated so far in our action alerts, public hearings and contacting legislators on their own. You are making an impact and we encourage you to keep it up! I'll start with HB 2598, the Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Act, passed after the 2014 Freedom Industries leak... More
Issues: Aboveground tanksEnergyWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 24, 2021
Urgent: Action Needed to Oppose Oil & Gas Storage Tank Deregulation Bill – Hearing on 2/26, 8AM
A dangerous bill that exempts oil and gas tanks from the Aboveground Storage Tank Act is making its way through the House of Delegates. A coalition of advocates, including WV Rivers, requested a public hearing to provide citizens the opportunity to make comments on the bill for the official record. House leadership has rejected our request. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksHealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC February 20, 2021
Your Calls Needed by Monday! Zombie Aboveground Storage Tank Act on House Energy Agenda on Tuesday
Remember the Freedom Industries disaster? The bill to exempt oil and gas tanks is back (AKA The Aboveground Storage Tank Act) and is on the House Energy Committee's agenda for this Tuesday, February 23. This year's bill, HB 2598, is similar to last year's rollback attempt - which you defeated! It would exempt certain oil and gas tanks that are closest to our public drinking water intakes. If this bill passes, over 1,000 tanks in 27 counties would become unregulated. View fact sheets from West Virginia Rivers Coalition to learn more. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksWater
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition February 19, 2021
The Aboveground Storage Tank Act Hits the Agenda
Make sure you fill out the action alert and let House Energy Committee members know you oppose this bill. Check out the whole packet here. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksWater
Newsletter article Hannah King February 19, 2021
Legislative Update 
Happy Friday! We are 9 days in and already have our hands full. Two bills we are taking swift action on: HB 2389, the water quality standards rule, and HB 2598, the above ground storage tank bill. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksPollutionWater
Newsletter article Karan Ireland February 19, 2021
A Zombie in the Zones of Critical Concern
On January 9, 2014, a chemical (crude-MCHM) leaked into the Elk River, the sole drinking water source for Charleston and the surrounding area. Approximately 300,000 people were ordered to stop bathing in, cleaning with, or drinking the water coming out of their taps. Many became ill and visited emergency rooms. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksHealthWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 19, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 3
Complete our action alert and call House Energy Committee members to let them know you oppose HB 2598, the Aboveground Storage Tank Act bill. This bill will be on the House Energy agenda on Tuesday, February 23. Read below to find more information on this legislation. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksPollutionRenewable energyWater
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
Newsletter article WVEC February 28, 2020
A Win! 4079 dies in House Committee
Early on in the session, we had concerns about HB 4079 - a bill that deregulated above ground storage tanks in Zones of Critical Concern (ZCC). ZCCs are areas directly upstream from public drinking water intakes in which a released contaminant will reach the intake within five hours. Exempting tanks in ZCCs from regulation would have put us in more danger because there is the added concern of not having enough time to respond if the tank fails. More
Issues: Aboveground tanks
Legislative Updates WVEC February 28, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 8
Right now on the House floor the utilities are holding their own bill hostage rather than allow third-party financing for solar energy in the form of power purchase agreements (PPAs) that would benefit our state’s residents, communities, and small businesses. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksOil and gasOrphaned wellsPower purchase agreementsRenewable energy
Newsletter article WVEC February 7, 2020
Halfway Done – A Bill Update
It’s Day 31 of Session which means we’ve made it halfway through! Whew! Be sure to follow our Bill Tracking for a more thorough, but we thought we’d give a short update on some of the bills we are watching More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCoalLegislationOil and gasWater
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