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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
Newsletters 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
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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
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
Legislative Updates WVEC January 18, 2019
GREEN, Volume 29 Issue 2
We continue to work hard to ensure that the DEP rule on water quality standards is as protective of human health as possible. More
Issues: Clean electionsOil and gasPollutionRenewable energyWater
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
Blog WVEC January 7, 2019
2019 West Virginia Environmental Council lobbying priorities
Water protection including updating state water quality standards with EPA recommended human health criteria, Advance renewable energy options including Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), Protect public lands, including prohibiting commercial logging in State Parks to preserve the integrity and intent of State Parks... More
Issues: Clean electionsLegislationOil and gasRenewable energyState parksWater
Blog WVEC November 16, 2018
Movie and Discussion: ‘What Lies Upstream’
Saturday, November 17, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Moundsville More
Issues: HealthOil and gasPollution
Blog WVEC June 21, 2018
Appalachia’s $84 Billion Secret: China and the U.S. are planning a massive petrochemical hub in West Virginia.
The biggest energy project you’ve never heard of commonly goes by the acronym ASTH—the Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub. This massive petrochemical hub in West Virginia and Pennsylvania would be the largest infrastructure in the region’s history, consisting of hundreds of miles of pipelines, fracked gas processing facilities, and underground storage of petrochemicals and fracked gas liquids. More
Issues: FrackingHealthOil and gasPipelinesPollutionWater
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