Tag: Reclamation

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Newsletters WVEC September 2, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 12
The 2022 Environmental Summit is almost upon us - have you registered? Join us and other West Virginia environmental organizations to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the state’s environmental movement. More
Issues: EventOrphaned wellsReclamation
Newsletter article WVEC September 1, 2022
Energy Campaign
The West Virginia Environmental Council and the West Virginia Sierra Club have partnered to launch an energy campaign. We are focused on developing grassroots support for legislation that addresses the issues of unplugged wells, underbonding of reclamation sites, and the pending bankruptcy of the Special Reclamation Fund. More
Issues: Orphaned wellsReclamation
Action Alerts WVEC June 21, 2022
Two actions you can take to help protect West Virginia’s environment!
Action #1: Urge Lawmakers to Solve Abandoned Mine Lands Crisis Without Gouging WV Taxpayers! Action #2: It’s Back - Marcellus Academy 2022 on July 22 and 23 More
Issues: FrackingMarcellusReclamation
Water pollution from coal
Blog WVEC May 25, 2022
Call to Action 
Did you know that West Virginia has over 173,000 acres of unreclaimed mineland? This is land left behind after coal companies have mined our mountains. West Virginia has a long way to go to restore the viability of abandoned mine lands which is important to  improve water quality, revitalize landscapes, and create jobs and economic development in coal communities.  More
Issues: CoalEnergyReclamation
Blog WVEC May 25, 2022
Underbonding of Reclamation Sites and Pending Bankruptcy of the Special Reclamation Fund

WVEC, WV Sierra Club Energy Campaign Fact Sheet

In March 2022, the legislature passed SB1, a bill that creates a mining mutual insurance company to provide bonds to failing coal companies that can not get insured through the private sector. The Legislature allocated $50 million in taxpayer dollars for seed money for the new insurance company. Legislators testified that this initial earmark could be just the beginning in what could be a long-term taxpayer bailout of the coal industry. More

Issues: CoalEnergyReclamation
Newsletter article Karan Ireland February 2, 2018
House Judiciary Misses Opportunity to Safeguard Water and Protect State of WV
Late Friday afternoon, the House Judiciary committee passed a DEP rules bundle which included a version of the Surface Mine Rule that had been amended in the Senate the week before. More
Issues: LegislationReclamationWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 2, 2018
GREEN, Volume 28 Issue 4
A lot of work has been happening to stop a bill that would allow commercial logging in state parks from making its way onto any committee agenda at the legislature. SB 270 (HB 4182) is a bill that its proponents say is about forest health, or revenue, or fire prevention- actually, we can’t keep up with all of their excuses! More
Issues: LegislationLoggingReclamationWater
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