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Newsletter article  July 8, 2022
WV SORO Has Published New Materials 
West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization has published new materials and resources on their website! More
Issues: Oil and gas
Legislative Updates WVEC March 4, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 8
Time has flown by! Today marks the 52nd day of the Legislative Session, leaving one final week between now and sine die. Thank you all for your support so far on all of our action alerts - we will keep you posted this final week with action alerts! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well for the latest. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationOil and gasRenewable energyState parks
Newsletter article WVEC March 4, 2022
Legislative Update – Week #8
With crossover day behind us, we are focused on several bills that still have a chance to pass. Keep an eye out for action alerts! The session ends on Saturday, March 12 at midnight. Read on for what happened with bills this week. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationOil and gasRecycling
Newsletter article  March 4, 2022
SB 694 on Forced Unitization Is OK
Methane gas originates in shale formations laid down eons ago. Over the eons some of it creeps towards the surface and is sometimes trapped on its way upward in a porous and permeable sandstone formation that is topped with a denser cap rock formation above it to keep it from migrating further upward. More
Issues: Forced poolingFrackingOil and gas
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  February 11, 2022
West Virginia Cannot Afford to Cut the Severance Tax (Again)
West Virginia legislators are currently considering whether to—once again—cut the state’s already low severance tax. This would prove costly and harmful to our state budget. More
Issues: CoalLegislationOil and gas
Newsletter article  February 4, 2022
Adequate Funding Needed for WVDEP Office of Oil & Gas
An increase in funding for WV Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Oil and Gas (OOG) inspectors would be increased thanks to an annual $100 per year fee on every well that is active if HB 2725, sponsored by Delegate Evan Hansen, is passed. More
Issues: Oil and gasPollution
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
Newsletter article Jim Kotcon December 17, 2021
Gearing Up for the WV 2022 Legislative Session
Legislative issues will soon be dominating headlines. Some key issues will carry over from previous years, including efforts to help transition coal communities affected by the decline in the coal industry. The WV Legislature has been conducting listening sessions in coal communities to seek suggestions on how to help those communities thrive as they transition to a new economy. More
Issues: LegislationOil and gasWater
Newsletter article WVEC April 16, 2021
Recap of the 2021 Legislative Session
The 2021 Legislative Session has come to a close, and we worked hard throughout the last 60 days to stop the bad bills and help get the good ones through. We had some great wins, and some not-so-great losses.  More
Issues: Clean electionsCoalLegislationOil and gasRenewable energyWater
Legislative Updates WVEC April 16, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 10
Welcome to our recap of the 2021 Legislative Session! The 60 days of the session were a whirlwind! We have a lot to report to you. More
Issues: Clean electionsCoalLegislationOil and gasRenewable energyWater
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
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