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Newsletter article Ben Kessler January 18, 2019
Legislative action needed to prevent future environmental crisis
Oil and gas wells that have not been plugged at the end of their productive lives can become a nuisance to property owners. Unplugged wells can leak oil, gas, and brine onto a property, and can be a conduit for bacteria and septic runoff to enter your groundwater. More
Issues: DEPOil and gas
Newsletter article Karan Ireland January 18, 2019
Manufacturers Serve Nothing Sandwich at DEP Session on Water Quality Standards
We continue to work hard to ensure that the DEP rule on water quality standards is as protective of human health as possible. The DEP meeting was held yesterday, Thursday, January 17, at its headquarters in Kanawha City at 2:00 pm. Dozens of citizens concerned about their health and the safety of their water took time out of their days to attend the meeting More
Issues: DEPPollutionWater
Newsletter article Karan Ireland January 12, 2019
Hello from the 1st Session of the 84th WV Legislature
It’s great to be back under the dome–except: there is no dome! At least not one we can see from inside the building. There is no standing around the well, eavesdropping on conversations between committee meetings this year, as the rotunda undergoes repairs. More
Issues: DEPLegislationLoggingOil and gasRenewable energyWater
Action Alerts WVEC July 7, 2018
Keep WV’s Water Safe – Act by July 10
WVDEP Needs to Hear from You on Water Protections. West Virginia’s Water Quality Standards are supposed to keep our water safe. Every three years the rules that govern what’s in West Virginia’s water undergo a revision process called the Triennial Review. West Virginia is in the midst of this process and WVDEP has released their proposed changes for public comment. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollutionWater
Newsletter article Karan Ireland February 10, 2018
Industry Advocate Bill Pulled
SB 410- a bill to create the position of Industry Advocate at the Department of Environmental Protection appeared on the Senate Energy, Industry, and Mining committee agenda on Thursday. More
Issues: DEP
Newsletter article Karan Ireland January 19, 2018
Proposed Changes to Surface Mining Rule
As the first full week of the legislative session comes to a close, we here at the Environmental Council have been keeping our eyes on several DEP rules and bills related to water quality. More
Issues: DEPReclamationWater
Legislative Updates Laura Davidson March 1, 2017
GREEN Vol. 27 Issue 4
What an incredible week it has been! The week's not over, but WVEC staff, board, and supporters have covered a lot of ground. More
Issues: CoalDEPFrackingWaterWVEC event
Legislative Updates Ciera Pennington February 15, 2017
GREEN Vol. 27 Issue 1
Our dedicated Lobby Team is fired up and ready to face these threats head on! Stay tuned every Wednesday throughout session for a weekly update (like this one!) outlining what our team is up to and how you can take action. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksDEPEdayLegislationWaterWVEC event
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 5, 2016
Health Impact Assessment Bill Introduced
One of the bills for which we've been eagerly waiting was introduced today (Friday). H.B. 4412 requires the Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health to conduct a study assessing the health impact of any new or modified DEP air or water rule. More
Issues: DEPLegislation
Chemical disaster
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 15, 2016
Natural Gas Companies Challenge “Zones of Critical Concern” for Drinking Water
You may recall that the Aboveground Storage Tank Act that was passed in response to the Freedom Industries spill subjects to "detailed scrutiny" those aboveground tanks (ASTs) located within "zones of critical concern (ZCCs)" relative to the intake of a public drinking water supply. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksDEPOil and gasRegulationWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 14, 2015
Category A: the latest
On Tuesday morning, H.B. 2289 passed out of the House Industry and Labor Committee intact (yay!). This is the DEP rule change that would restore "Category A," or drinking water designation to the 72-mile stretch of the Kanawha River that runs through Charleston. Thanks to everyone who showed up for the meeting, and/or contacted committee members! More
Issues: Category ADEPWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 7, 2015
Update on Category A
Last week we told you about the DEP's proposed rule change to restore "Category A" (drinking water) protection to a portion of the Kanawha River from Belle to the Kanawha's confluence with the Ohio. The rule has been introduced as S.B. 167 and H.B. 2289. More
Issues: DEPWater
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
Kanawha River and WV Coal Legislature
Legislative Updates WVEC February 7, 2015
GREEN Vol. 25 Issue 4
How Does the WV Legislature ♥ Dirtier Water? Let Us Count the Ways, “Gutting the Aboveground Storage Tank Act”, Update on Category A, Coal Industry Took a Risk with Mountaintop Removal and Are Asking Legislature for a Bail Out, The Aluminum Rule Change is Baa-ack , What I know about coal and the industry , Net Metering Bills take on new meaning this week, Come to our press conference on Monday! & other important calendar items, Additional Reading, Bills We Are Tracking More
Issues: CoalDEPNet meteringPollutionWater
WV Coal Dome
Legislative Updates WVEC February 2, 2015
GREEN Vol. 25 Issue 3
Update on AREPS Repeal/Net Metering, WVDEP Budget and Civil Penalties, Support Category A Protection for Our Waters, A Little More about Coal’s Wish List , Energy Efficiency is Good for West Virginians, Join Us for E-Day! and other important stuff, Bills We Are Tracking More
Issues: DEPEnergyEnergy efficiencyNet metering
Mountaintop removal mining
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin February 1, 2015
WVDEP Budget and Civil Penalties
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection presented its budget last week to the House Finance Committee. The most substantive part of the discussion following the presentation from Secretary Huffman was a request from Del. Nancy Peoples Guthrie, who asked Secretary Huffman to provide to the committee information regarding when the last time civil penalties maximums were adjusted. Secretary Huffman agreed to provide that information to the committee, but volunteered the information that surface mining civil penalties have never been increased since the regulations were first established decades ago. More
Issues: DEP
Calendar
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 1, 2015
Join Us for E-Day! and other important stuff . . .
E-day is scheduled for February 18th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the lower rotunda. Then join us that evening at 6:00 for our annual awards dinner at the women's club. For more information contact Marium Bria: mariumbria@gmail.com. More
Issues: DEPEday
Legislative Updates WVEC January 25, 2015
GREEN Vol. 25 Issue 2
Dismantling Silos | Can Young Innovation and Entrepreneurship Change the Course of the 2015 Regressive Legislature? | Repeal of the Alternative and Renewable Portfolio Standards Act Passes both Houses | Debate highlights W.Va.’s inaction on energy diversity, efficiency | Here’s a Great Idea–Let’s Shoot Ourselves in Both Feet! | Important Dates ‘n Other Stuff | Bills We Are Tracking More
Issues: DEPEnergyEnergy efficiencyRenewable energyWater
Net metering
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin January 25, 2015
Can Young Innovation and Entrepreneurship Change the Course of the 2015 Regressive Legislature?
There is one thing that repealing the WV Alternative Energy and Renewal Portfolio Standard (SB1), legislation limiting flexibility in the creation of a State Clean Power Plan HB2004 / SB4, and mandating state DHHR, DNR, DEP rules are no more stringent than federal rules (HB2269) have in common. They are priority bills at the top of the 2015 Legislature’s agenda closing doors for opportunities in innovation and entrepreneurship. More
Issues: DEPEnergyEnergy efficiencyRenewable energy
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