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Newsletter article WVEC March 3, 2016
“Not so fast,” says the EPA
You may be sick of hearing about the coal industry's efforts to weaken water quality standards for aluminum and selenium, which have been ongoing for a few years now. These changes were codified in last year's "Coal Jobs and Safety Act," and the corresponding rules are in this year's bundle, H.B. 4053. Well, hopefully you won't mind hearing some good news. More
Issues: AluminumRegulationSeleniumWater
Newsletter article WVEC March 3, 2016
Bills still standing
As you can see from our bill tracking list, most of the bills we've been following did not make Wednesday's deadline for "crossing over" from their House of origin; and in the majority of cases, this is a good thing. Below are a few words about some of the ones that are still alive.More
Issues: Climate changeLegislationRegulationWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 26, 2016
Not one, not two–THREE bits of good news!
On Thursday the Senate EIM committee passed S.B. 370, the LEEP bill (Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships). The second committee reference has been waived, so prospects look good for the bill making it out of the Senate before crossover day (Wednesday, 3/2)!More
Issues: Climate changeEnergy efficiencyLegislationWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 26, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 7
Who are they helping?, Not one, not two–THREE bits of good news!, Good news AND bad news, Now the bits of not-so-good news, Bills We Are Tracking, WV Environmental Council Annual Awards DinnerMore
Issues: CoalDrillingEnergy efficiencyLegislationOil and gasSocial justiceWater
Action Alerts Vickie Wolfe February 23, 2016
TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Please contact two Senate committees
West Virginia Environmental Council Action Alert View / Comment Online SUNDAY, February 28 is the date by which all bills must be passed out of committee in their house of origin.  We need your help in getting two Senate bills moving before it’s too late. The LEEP Act (S.B. 370) has still not been taken […]More
Issues: Energy efficiencyWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 17, 2016
Roundup of the week’s activities
On Thursday we sent an action alert about S.B. 565, which allows gas well drillers to enter private property, bulldoze roads, clear timber, and construct a well pad without obtaining a well permit. And more!More
Issues: LegislationNatural gasRegulationWater
Fracking and water contamination
Newsletter article Elizabeth Cruikshank February 12, 2016
Injection wells in Lochgelly, Fayette County
This week I have decided to see what has happened over the past few weeks with the two controversial injection wells in Lochgelly, Fayette County, where waste produced from hydraulic fracturing is disposed of underground.More
Issues: FrackingWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 12, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 5
The Supreme Spin!!, Tuesday’s Water Events, WV and coal , DEP rules pass out of Judiciary, MORE regulatory reform!, Paying for water used for fracking, This week in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Bills we are trackingMore
Issues: Aboveground tanksEnergy efficiencyFrackingSocial justiceWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 11, 2016
Tuesday’s Water Events
On Tuesday a rally and press conference were held in the lower rotunda to "demand government accountability for protection of safe drinking water," and to release a letter of solidarity to the residents of Flint, MI from 37 West Virginia groups, including the WVEC. More
Issues: Social justiceWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 9, 2016
Paying for water used for fracking
Given the state's revenue crisis, doesn't it make sense that, if someone uses water in such a way that it isn't recyclable--i.e., it can't go back into the hydrologic cycle--they should be required to pay for "using up" that water?More
Issues: FrackingLegislationWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 8, 2016
DEP rules pass out of Judiciary
At press time last Friday (5th), the House Judiciary Committee was still chewing on the DEP rules. Here are the highlights.More
Issues: Aboveground tanksNatural gasRegulationWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 8, 2016
MORE regulatory reform!
Since our last newsletter, the Senate has introduced several bills intended to advance their "regulatory reform" agenda. S.B. 535 is another of those "no more stringent than Federal requirements" bills; this one pertains specifically to water. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionRegulationWater
Action Alerts Vickie Wolfe February 8, 2016
URGENT: Contact Senators TODAY; come to the capitol TOMORROW
Contact Senate Judiciary members TODAY; come to the Capitol for water events TOMORROW.More
Issues: Clean electionsWater
Drinking water
Newsletter article Bill Price February 5, 2016
Water, Water, Water…did I say WATER!!
I wish the leaders in our legislature were simply fiddling and passing trivial bills in the middle of the current state of crisis in WV. But what they are actually doing is more than trivial, it’s irresponsible. More
Issues: AluminumPollutionSeleniumWater
Action Alerts Vickie Wolfe February 2, 2016
Help! Clean water under attack!
We're expecting the House Judiciary Committee to take up water rules this Friday, February 5. Long story short, the regulations on aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) that were passed by the Legislature in the wake of the 2014 Freedom Industry spill have been weakened at every step of the way. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumSeleniumWater
Additional reading
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 31, 2016
More to Read
Recent news articles worth readingMore
Issues: CoalEnergy efficiencyOil and gasWater
Legislative Updates WVEC January 29, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 3
Roundup of the Week’s Activities, How we live, E-Day, Great Song, Great Cause, You–yes, YOU–can make a difference!, Bills We Are TrackingMore
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumCoalHealthSocial justiceWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 28, 2016
Great Song, Great Cause
NPR played a song by Tim O'Brien called "Brush My Teeth with Coca-Cola" that I didn't remember having heard before. It was so great that I got on the internet to find and listen to it again. I might even get out my lonely ol' guitar and try to learn it!More
Issues: MusicWater
Legislative Updates WVEC January 22, 2016
GREEN Vol. 26 Issue 2
Rules Riding into the Sunset, House Energy Committee Approves DEP Rules, 2016 WVEC and WVCAG Legislative Kick-Off Blast, Congratulations, WV Rivers!, Bills We Are Tracking More
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumLegislationSeleniumWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 22, 2016
House Energy Committee Approves DEP Rules
Fifteen DEP rules bills passed out of the House Energy Committee this week. Several of these were promulgated in response to federal (Clean Air Act) rather than state legislation.More
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumLegislationRegulationSeleniumWater
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