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Newsletter article WVEC January 26, 2024
WVEC Weekly Round-Up
SB 532 - The Orphaned Well prevention Act, Net Metering - PSC Rate Case Public Hearing | SB 171 - Prohibiting county commissions from adopting authorization that exceeds state law regarding agriculture operations | HB 5018 - To provide for the Department of Environmental Protection oversight and authority governing community air monitoring programs.  | HB 5018 - To provide for the Department of Environmental Protection oversight and authority governing community air monitoring programs.  | Community Solar  More
Issues: Community solarDEPNet meteringOrphaned wells
Action Alerts WVEC October 10, 2023
Act Now: Help Shape WVDEP’s Public Engagement!
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking citizens' feedback, suggestions, and input on the initial rollout of their draft Public Engagement Guidelines. More
Issues: DEP
Newsletter article WVEC March 3, 2023
Weekly Round-Up
This week at the legislature was a busy one! As we approach the LAST week of session, the pressure is on to get bills that crossed over out of committee considered on the floor.  Halfway through the session, we changed our format from a weekly round-up to a breakdown of bills that are still alive that we are working on getting passed and those we are trying to defeat, along with steps you can take.  More
Issues: CoalDEPNuclear energyPublic landsWater
Legislative Updates WVEC March 3, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 8
Welcome to our last newsletter of the 2023 Legislative Session! The session ends at midnight on March 11. We will keep you posted next week via action alerts as we head into the final hours. More
Issues: DEPEdayEnergyPFASPublic landsWater
Action Alerts WVEC February 27, 2023
WV DEP Holding Public Meeting on Ethylene Oxide Monitoring: Thursday, March 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Over the past year, the WV Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has held a series of public events around its fenceline monitoring project and announced last week that it had signed a collaborative agreement with Union Carbide Corporation’s Institute facility to reduce ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions. It also announced it has published its final report on its monitoring project. To learn more, please attend this week's in-person public meeting on Thursday, March 2, from 6-8 pm. More
Issues: DEPEthylene oxideHealthPollution
Newsletter article WVEC February 24, 2023
ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Legislators to Support Funding for Oil and Gas Well Inspectors 
HB 3110 passed the House of Delegates unanimously to provide more funding to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WV DEP) Office of Oil and Gas for well inspections! The bill now heads to the Senate Finance committee. More
Issues: DEPOil and gas
Newsletter article WVEC February 24, 2023
2023 Legislative Priorities
Community Solar. Adequate funding for inspectors for the WV DEP Office of Oil and Gas, Advanced Nuclear, Hydrogen Hub/CCS, Hydrogen Hub/CCS, Public Lands More
Issues: Community solarDEPLegislationPFASPublic landsWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 24, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 7
We're excited to share some great news from the West Virginia Capitol! We have seen some significant victories, with two bills passing the House floor and moving on to the Senate for consideration. HB 3110 and HB 3189 are crucial legislation that impact your community positively. More
Issues: DEPLegislationOil and gasPFASPublic landsWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 3, 2023
Ask Your Legislators to Fully Fund the DEP Office of Oil and Gas
This week, the West Virginia Senate and House energy committees passed SB448 and HB 3110, which provides funding to the Office of Oil and Gas (O&G) to increase the number of well inspectors. Both bills have advanced to their corresponding finance committees, where your help is needed! More
Issues: DEPOil and gas
Legislative Updates WVEC February 3, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 4
We are almost at the Legislative Session’s halfway point and things are getting busy! We are working hard to advocate for protecting our state's environment and ensuring that the voices of our communities are heard. Read on for ways to take action! More
Issues: DEPEdayLegislationOil and gas
Action Alerts WVEC February 1, 2023
Urge Your Legislators to Support Adequate Funding for WV DEP Oil and Gas Well Inspectors
Yesterday, the West Virginia Senate Energy, Industry and Mining committee passed SB448, which provides funding to the Office of Oil and Gas (O&G) to increase the number of well inspectors. A similar bill, HB 3110, will be taken up tomorrow, February 2, in the House Energy and Manufacturing committee.  More
Issues: DEPOil and gas
Newsletter article WVEC January 27, 2023
Weekly Round-Up
SB448 - Providing funding to the Office of Oil and Gas (O&G) for well inspections, was introduced in the Senate this week. Currently, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Office of Oil and Gas only has nine inspectors responsible for over 75,000 wells. This bill would double the funding for this office and increase inspector numbers from 9 to around 20. More
Issues: DEPPFASRenewable energy
Newsletter article WVEC January 20, 2023
Weekly Round-Up 
This week marked the first full week of the legislative session, and the WVEC Lobby Team has been off to quite a busy start tracking bill progress, attending committee meetings, and watching floor sessions for both the House of Delegates and the Senate.  More
Issues: DEPHealthPollutionWater
Blog WVEC January 9, 2023
2023 Legislative Priorities
Community Solar, Orphaned Gas Well Responsibility, Adequate funding for inspectors for the WV DEP Office of Oil and Gas, Mineland Reclamation, Advanced Nuclear, Hydrogen Hub/CCS, Aboveground Storage Tank Legislation, Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality Standards/Triennial Review, Public Lands, Clean Elections/Voter Protection legislation More
Issues: Aboveground tanksClean electionsDEPOrphaned wellsPollutionReclamationRenewable energyWater
Action Alerts WVEC January 4, 2023
WV DEP Holding Two Public Meetings on Union Carbide Ethylene Oxide Permit
On Monday, January 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (WVDEP) Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will hold an in-person public meeting to provide information and answer questions regarding Union Carbide Corporation Institute’s draft Title V operating permit renewal for the operation of its Distribution System for Ethylene Oxide, located at 250 Carbide Road, Dunbar, WV. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollution
Action Alerts Solar United Neighbors December 9, 2022
Urge January Interim Committee to Take Up Community Solar/Air Quality Public Hearing in Follansbee on Thursday
Community solar will create good local jobs, save ratepayers millions of dollars annually, and allow people who can't install solar to reap its many benefits — all while allowing West Virginians to choose where their energy comes from! More
Issues: DEPSolar power
Action Alerts WVEC November 11, 2022
Take this quick action by Mon, 11/14 @ 4pm to request a public hearing on the Union Carbide-Institute Ethylene Oxide permit renewal!
Please take this quick action by Monday, November 14th at 4pm (Eastern) to send a letter to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to request a public hearing on the Union Carbide-Institute Ethylene Oxide permit renewal. More
Issues: DEPPollution
Action Alerts WVEC August 10, 2022
Upcoming WVDEP session to address Ethylene Oxide
WVDEP is hosting an informal session to update the community on its actions to address Ethylene Oxide air emissions in western Kanawha County. The session is set for Thursday, August 18 from 6-8pm at the Schoenbaum Center, located at 1701 5th Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387. More
Issues: DEPEventPollution
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
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