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Newsletter article  October 5, 2020
WVEC Member Group Profile: Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance (MLPA)
Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance was started in 2013 to bring the facts to the public, and local governmental bodies. We described the permanent environmental damage that is occurring due to the construction of these unnecessary pipelines being built on the backs of electric utility ratepayers when the majority of the gas will be exported for corporate profit. More
Issues: EnergyOil and gasPipelines
pipeline
Newsletter article OVEC October 5, 2020
Affected by Pipeline Development?
OVEC is collaborating with Drs Caretta and Carlson at WVU on the research project titled “Supporting community capacity-building against extractive interests through place-based visual and narrative inquiry.” More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalOil and gas
Newsletter article  July 10, 2020
Thinking about the Economics of Petrochemicals
One of the clichés of our public policy has long been that we have to “balance” the environmental and social costs of coal, oil, and gas extraction with the benefits to our economy.  For pretty much forever, our public policy has assumed that coal is so important to our economy that we should put up with a great deal of environmental and social cost in order to assure that the industry prospers. More
Issues: Oil and gasRenewable energy
Newsletters WVEC July 10, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 12
In the midst of all the turmoil in the world, it was great to have some good news recently with the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This victory was possible thanks to the activism of people like you and the dedication of many of our member groups. The environmental community in West Virginia is mighty and we applaud and thank all who worked so hard for this win for the environment. More
Issues: Clean electionsClimate changeEnergyOil and gasWater
Newsletter article Sarah Carballo June 1, 2020
People Over Petro
When combating a major threat like a massive petrochemical build-up in the Ohio River Valley, there is strength in numbers. One way to build that strength is by working in a coalition—which is why OVEC joined the People Over Petro Coalition (POPCO). More
Issues: Oil and gasPollution
Newsletters WVEC June 1, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 11
Welcome to the June issue of GREEN. As our latest newsletter goes live, our world is in turmoil from two diseases. One, COVID-19, is new and causing a global pandemic. The other has been with us far too long: Systemic racism, which has most-recently manifested itself in white vigilantes taking the life of a jogging black man, a woman in Central Park weaponizing her whiteness against a black bird-watcher, and police violence taking the lives of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and the resulting protests and rage in the streets.  More
Issues: Clean electionsOil and gasPollutionRenewable energyWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 28, 2020
WVEC Bill Update
We’ve passed crossover day so our list of bills to watch has tightened dramatically. While we have many more bills, these are the most important. More
Issues: CoalLegislationOil and gasOrphaned wells
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 21, 2020
SO Many Tax Cuts to Industry
This session, we have been following tax cut after tax cut on both sides of the legislature. A small update on the cuts we’ve been looking a More
Issues: CoalLegislationNatural gasOil and gas
Legislative Updates WVEC February 21, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 7
This week has been BUSY! We’ve got a new section on our Bill Tracking called REMAINING BILLS. There you can track the bills we have left as of Day 45 — it will be updated with notes over the weekend! Below is a shorthand list of where we’re at. More
Issues: CoalOil and gasRenewable energyWater
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
Legislative Updates WVEC February 7, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 5
Yesterday Delegate Evan Hansen and Senator William Ihlenfeld held a press conference on the introduction of the Clean Drinking Water Act of 2020! See House bill 4542 here and Senate Bill 679 here. We were joined by a packed room of Legislators, press, and citizens. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksOil and gasPollutionRenewable energyWaterWVEC event
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition January 24, 2020
WV Rivers Discusses HB4079 on The Legislature Today

This week, WV Rivers executive director, Angie Rosser, was a guest on the WV Public Broadcasting program The Legislature Today. She discussed the cumulative impacts oil & gas development is having on our environment and the dangers of HB4079, the bill that would exempt oil & gas storage tanks closest to drinking water intakes from the Aboveground Storage Tank Act (ASTA). Watch her interview here.

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Issues: Aboveground tanksOil and gasWater
Newsletter article Kayla Young March 2, 2019
Heading into Week 8, An update on our Bills
We made it through Crossover Day and with just eight days left to go, we’re down to just a few bills left to monitor! Here is a rundown of our remaining bills and where they are currently located. More
Issues: CoalLoggingOil and gasWater
Legislative Updates WVEC March 2, 2019
GREEN, Volume 29 Issue 8
We made it through Crossover Day and with just eight days left to go, we’re down to just a few bills left to monitor! Here is a rundown of our remaining bills and where they are currently located. More
Issues: CoalLoggingOil and gasState parksWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 15, 2019
Help Prevent One of the Most (If Not the Most) Widespread Environmental & Property Rights Disasters in WV
One of, if not the most, widespread environmental and property rights disasters ever is now unfolding in West Virginia! WV-SORO needs your help to hold drillers responsible and keep this from happening. More
Issues: Oil and gasOrphaned wellsPollution
Newsletter article Karan Ireland February 9, 2019
Legislative Updates & How You Can Get Involved!
We are following so many bills, it would be hard to list them all here. However, here is a list that gives you an idea of the issues we are focused on and some actions you can take if you want to join us at the Capitol, or want to make a few calls from home. More
Issues: Clean electionsOil and gasPollutionRenewable energySocial justiceWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 9, 2019
GREEN, Volume 29 Issue 5
We are following so many bills, it would be hard to list them all here. However, here is a list that gives you an idea of the issues we are focused on and some actions you can take if you want to join us at the Capitol, or want to make a few calls from home. More
Issues: Clean electionsEnergy efficiencyOil and gasPollutionWater
Coal sunset
Newsletter article WVEC February 1, 2019
New tax credit recycles old tax credits; results still bad for WV
WV SB 52 would "entitle natural resource producers to economic opportunity tax credit.” That sounds innocent and technical enough, but what this bill would actually do is slice the severance tax and corporate taxes on natural gas and coal companies by around 80%. More
Issues: CoalOil and gas
Newsletter article Kayla Young February 1, 2019
Oil and Gas Abandoned Well Plugging Fund
This week we saw some bills related to conventional oil wells, HB 2673 - Creating the Oil and Gas Abandoned Well Plugging Fund. The bill will cut the oil severance tax on applicable wells (producing less than 60,000 cu. Ft. per day) from 5% to 0% but introduce a rate of 2.5%. More
Issues: Abandoned wellsOil and gas
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