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Legislative Updates WVEC March 4, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 8
Shall we LEEP into the future?, Misuse of terms, Bills still standing, Severance taxes, “Not so fast,” says the EPA, Bills We Are Tracking, WV Environmental Council Annual Awards Dinner More
Issues: CoalEnergy efficiencyFrackingOil and gasWater
Newsletter article Bill Price February 26, 2016
Who are they helping?
I had dinner last night with friends in Lexington and the subject of our respective state legislative bodies came up. Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith has just introduced a bill in the Kentucky Senate that would end the requirement that mine foremen annually take six hours of training provided by the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety. The […] More
Issues: CoalLegislationSocial justice
Legislative Updates WVEC February 26, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 7
Who are they helping?, Not one, not two–THREE bits of good news!, Good news AND bad news, Now the bits of not-so-good news, Bills We Are Tracking, WV Environmental Council Annual Awards Dinner More
Issues: CoalDrillingEnergy efficiencyLegislationOil and gasSocial justiceWater
Coal sunset
Newsletter article WVEC February 19, 2016
Coal Association uses flawed study to justify tax cut
By John Street, guest columnist. The West Virginia Coal Association wants the 2016 Legislature to reduce the state's coal severance tax in order to "benefit the West Virginia economy." Their recent report touts the idea as a simple fix to help an ailing industry, but as with many simple fixes, the devil is in the details--or lack thereof. More
Issues: Coal
Coal sunset
Newsletter article Conni Lewis February 12, 2016
WV and Coal
Coal has been mined in West Virginia since before the Civil War. We all know that it has been a significant driver of the state’s economy and the political system since the late 19th century. Both political parties have been subservient to the power of the coal industry. More
Issues: Coal
Additional reading
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 31, 2016
More to Read
Recent news articles worth reading More
Issues: CoalEnergy efficiencyOil and gasWater
Legislative Updates WVEC January 29, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 3
Roundup of the Week’s Activities, How we live, E-Day, Great Song, Great Cause, You–yes, YOU–can make a difference!, Bills We Are Tracking More
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumCoalHealthSocial justiceWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 29, 2016
Roundup of the Week’s Activities
So far, the House Judiciary Committee has not yet taken up the DEP rules, which were passed by the House Energy Committee last week. In particular, we are hoping to get some improvements to H.B. 4104, which is the vehicle for aboveground storage tank rules. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumCoalLegislation
Additional reading
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 15, 2016
Worth the Read
Various relevant articles from local media More
Issues: CoalFrackingWater
The People's Foot
Newsletter article Bill Price March 19, 2015
Forward
The 2015 legislative session, for the most part is done. I want to thank every citizen who called, came to a hearing, talked to the Legislator, emailed, facebooked, held a sign, brought cookies, spoke to the press, or in any way helped out. I also want to extend a huge thanks to Conni Lewis, the Legislative coordinator and the lobby team of Rob Goodwin and Vickie Wolfe who stayed at it to the bitter end. Add to that the progressive lobbyists who were present in the face of a strong wind to blow us backwards, but who never failed to try to move WV forward. Everyone tried and all worked hard. More
Issues: Category ACoalMountaintop removalWater
pipeline
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin March 19, 2015
We live to fight another day as the 2015 Legislative Session Wraps Up
The 2015 Legislative Session ended late Saturday night with several major bills getting killed in the final hours. The majority of the bills that died in the final hours were bad bills as the climate this session was not very conducive to even getting good bills on the agenda. There were a few major bills that consumed the majority of the lobby team’s time this session being the Coal Jobs and Safety Act, Category A Protections for the Kanawha River, HB 2004 the Anti-Clean Power Plan bill, and SB423 the roll back of the tank bill. Of these bills Category A protections for the Kanawha River and the WVDHHR Source Water Protection Planning Rules were of the few bills we could actually encourage a yes vote on. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCoalMarcellusNet metering
Extreme Energy Makeover
Legislative Updates WVEC March 19, 2015
GREEN Vol. 25 Issue 9
Forward, We live to fight another day as the 2015 Legislative Session Wraps Up,There’s even more to be concerned about, ASTA Rollback: The Final Chapter, Spring Reflections, For the Environment: What was gained, what was lost this session, More to read More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCategory ACoalMountaintop removalNet meteringPollutionRenewable energyWater
Workers Rally at WV Capitol
Newsletter article Bill Price March 7, 2015
Reaction and Action
I went to the labor rally earlier today. Speech after speech was about the need for action. Call your legislators, register to vote, vote, get your friends registered, drive your friends to the polls, get on the street, march, and rally; do anything, but do something. What inspiring words! I was so moved when they asked that people boycott Speedway Stores because workers are on strike at the Marathon facility near Ashland, that I went on to Facebook and sent that out. More
Issues: CoalPollutionWater
King Coal
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin March 7, 2015
Coal Gets a Tax Cut Through HB2675 Despite its Continued Drain on State Budget
Early in the 2015 Legislative Session, the West Virginia Coal Association unveiled its 2015 Coal Legislative Program. A copy of this proposal was posted and distributed to the public by Ken Ward, Jr at the Charleston Gazette on his Coal Tattoo Blog on January 29th. A key provision in this proposal was to eliminate a 56 cent per ton tax on coal paid into the Workers’ Compensation Debt Reduction Fund. More
Issues: Coal
Additional reading
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 20, 2015
In the press recently:
Pertaining to the "Coal Jobs and Safety Act:" W.Va. lawmakers tweaking environmental, safety regs to aid flailing coal sector (SNL Financial). Pertaining to the Fayette County train derailment: Derailment highlights crude oil train, water safety issues (by Ken Ward, Jr. in the Gazette). Pertaining to "Category A" status for the Kanawha River: Lawmakers consider change for the mighty Kanawha (MetroNews), Lawmakers urged to keep drinking water protections (by Ken Ward, Jr. in the Gazette), Kanawha drinking water rule advances (by Ken Ward, Jr. in the Gazette) More
Issues: Category ACoalWater
WV Coal Dome
Newsletter article Bill Price February 14, 2015
Crunch Time
If you’ve been reading these messages the past few weeks, you’ve seen me write about getting out of our silos and getting involved in all of the anti-water legislation that is moving through the WV Legislature this year. Over the next several days, we are in what I can only describe as “crunch time” and we need YOU. More
Issues: Category ACoalWater
Power plant
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin February 14, 2015
HB2004 Anti-Clean Power Plan Bill heads to Senate Floor with $500,000 Fiscal Note
On Thursday, February, 12th the Senate Judiciary committee sent HB2004 to the Senate floor with an expected vote this week. HB2004 will require legislative approval before any state plan is submitted to EPA under the proposed Clean Power Plan rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Representatives of the WVDEP, Alpha Natural Resources, and the Attorney General’s office spoke before the committee and answered questions on the proposed measure. More
Issues: CoalEnergyEnergy efficiency
Mountaintop removal mining
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin February 7, 2015
Coal Industry Took a Risk with Mountaintop Removal and Are Asking Legislature for a Bail Out
House Bill 2566, the Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015, should be called the Coal Industry Bail Out Act of 2015.Testimony from Alpha Natural Resources and the WV Coal Association this week before committees in the House and Senate could not have made the intent of this act clearer. The proposal is an effort through deregulation to cut costs in a struggling industry. A major component of the bill is to create a permit shield that will attempt to enable the coal industry to escape the liability in clean-up costs of hundreds of miles of streams it has polluted through the misguided risky practice of Mountaintop Removal. More
Issues: CoalDEPPollutionWater
Water pollution from coal
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 7, 2015
The Aluminum Rule Change is Baa-ack…
You may recall that a couple of years ago, the DEP proposed a rule change that would calculate allowable levels of aluminum in streams based on the water's hardness. During the 2014 legislative session, the Senate asked the DEP to pull the rule change, because legislators didn't think it would be a good idea to vote for dirtier water so soon after the Freedom Industries spill. More
Issues: AluminumCoalDEPWater
Coal sunset
Newsletter article Conni Lewis February 7, 2015
What I know about coal and the industry
At Thursday's public hearing on the "Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015", I was proud to see environmentalists and the UMWA stand together in opposition to an assault on safety, our shared environment and, in fact, hope for the future. It's a shame that it's necessary to even have such a hearing, a shame that the coal industry even wants these changes and a shame that the industry wants people and our waters to pay the price for their actions. Environmentalists and coal miners shouldn't be adversaries, but it is in other people's interests to make it seem that way. More
Issues: CoalWater
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