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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
Newsletter article  March 18, 2022
WV DEP Announces Public Forum on Ethylene Oxide Emissions to Take Place March 26 in Dunbar
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is holding a community open house to provide information and update the public on its actions to address Ethylene Oxide (EtO) air emissions in the western areas of Kanawha County. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollution
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 14, 2022
Ensure WVDEP has Adequate Oil & Gas Inspectors to Protect Our Water
The DEP Office of Oil and Gas (OOG) has been forced to severely reduce its staff due to budget shortfalls. Currently, OOG only has 9 inspectors overseeing approximately 75,000 wells and 28,000 tanks across the state. That’s 1 inspector for every 8,000 wells. More
Issues: DEPOil and gasWater
Newsletter article  December 17, 2021
Solutions for West Virginia Outside of Infrastructure Deals
Thanks to President Biden, West Virginia will receive billions of dollars in infrastructure funds.  However, if the state’s track record holds true, much of the money will be squandered on projects of little lasting benefit to those in most need of help.  More
Issues: CoalDEPOil and gasWater
Action Alerts WVEC December 4, 2021
Register Now for WVDEP Town Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30pm
Please join us for our third town hall with the WVDEP’s Environmental Advocate’s Office next Tuesday, December 7th via Zoom. The meeting will be from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. and is an opportunity for you to ask questions or bring concerns to the attention of the DEP.  More
Issues: DEPEvent
Action Alerts WVEC September 9, 2021
Register Today for WV DEP Town Hall – September 16 from 5:30 – 7:00PM
We are exactly one week out from our second town hall with WVDEP's Environmental Advocate's Office on September 16 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. This event provides another opportunity for you to bring any questions, concerns or issues straight to the Office of the Environmental Advocate. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. More
Issues: DEPEventHealth
Action Alerts WVEC July 19, 2021
URGENT: WV Water Protections Under Revision – Act by 6PM July 19
A recent a policy decision by the WVDEP related to water quality standards creates a loophole to allow industries to dump more toxins in our source water. This proposal is part of a second round of human health criteria revisions – the portion of our water quality standards that protects our health from dangerous pollutants like cancer causing toxins, chemicals known to cause birth-defects, and poisons like cyanide. Submit comments on the proposal today! More
Issues: DEPPollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC June 15, 2021
This Thursday – Town Hall With WV DEP Environmental Advocate – All Welcome
Just two days until our first in a series of town halls with the WV Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Advocate's Office. Have a concern in your community about clean air or water, oil and gas development, Freedom of Information Act requests and how to file them? Bring your question or concern. Or just listen in to the conversation.  More
Issues: DEPEvent
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
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