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Water Policy News: Sixth Week of the 2021 Session

March 2021

Mountain Valley Pipeline threatens the Greenbrier River – 3/27/2021, The Register Herald

WV Senate passes DEP-backed bill weakening some water quality standards – 3/26/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

Bill For Air, Water Quality Rules Clears Senate Judiciary Committee – 3/23/2021, WV Public Broadcasting

Bill that weakens some drinking water human health criteria clears Senate Judiciary – 3/22/2021, Dominion Post

Eric Engle: Water is life, except in WV (Opinion) – 3/22/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

Senate Judiciary Committee moves water quality standard update closer to passage – 3/22/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

DEP considering Raleigh County surface mine application that has raised health concerns – 3/22/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

Kevin Campbell: Manchin should chart new course for WV (Opinion) – 3/16/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

Water utilities, state environmental regulators wary of bill that would relax oil and gas tank oversight – 3/15/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

WV House passes easing of water quality standards – 3/12/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

Nonprofit working with Solar Holler to make solar panels more affordable for co-op members – 3/12/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

House approves rollback of state regulation of oil and gas tanks near water intakes – 3/10/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

House passes bill exempting tanks near water intakes – 3/10/2021, MetroNews

More environmental rollbacks moving through West Virginia’s Legislature – 3/8/2021, Mountain State Spotlight

House Judiciary public hearing on water quality rule draws 24 against DEP proposal, 8 in favor – 3/1/2021, Dominion Post

W.Va. House Judiciary Committee Holds First Public Hearing Of 2021 On Water Quality Bill – 3/1/2021, WV Public Broadcasting

House Judiciary Committee holds public hearing on state water quality standard update – 3/1/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

WV Bills to Relax Water Protections Seen as “Dangerous” – 3/1/2021, Public News Service

February 2021

Clean Water: The People Speak as WV Legislators Decline Hearings – 2/26/2021, Appalachian Chronicle

Dozens speak out against changes to tank bill at public hearing organized separate from Legislature – 2/26/2021, MetroNews

New report predicts power of investments in clean energy infrastructure in WV – 2/25/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

Proposed rollback of WV oil and gas tank oversight to get closer look before advancing in House – 2/25/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

David Lillard: Industry can’t be bothered by responsibility (Opinion) – 2/23/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

House Energy OKs bill to remove 800-plus above-ground storage tanks from 2014 regulatory program – 2/23/2021, Dominion Post

House to consider exempting some tanks near community water supplies from inspection requirements – 2/23/2021, MetroNews

New W.Va. House Bill Offers Exemption For Oil, Gas Industry In Aboveground Storage Tank Act – 2/23/2021, WV Public Broadcasting

Energy and Manufacturing Committee advances rollback of oil and gas waste tank oversight to full House – 2/23/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

West Virginia lawmakers are limiting access because of COVID. Some critics say the rules have reduced citizen input. – 2/23/2021, Mountain State Spotlight

House committee to consider rollback of oil and gas waste tank oversight – 2/16/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

DEP budget worries loom over first week of legislative session – 2/16/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

As Legislature convenes, public won’t be where the public discourse is – 2/7/2021, MetroNews

Mountain Valley Pipeline faces $303,000 state fine for continued erosion, but pipeline opponents call for bigger penalty – 2/5/2021, Charleston Gazette-Mail

WV Office of Oil and Gas Short on Inspectors – 2/5/2021, MetroNews

DEP to cut more than third of its staff – 2/5/2021, Dominion Post

Lawmakers, Advocates Call To Fully Fund State Oil And Gas Regulator – 2/4/2021, WV Public Broadcasting

Mountain Valley Pipeline cited again for erosion and sedimentation violations – 2/4/2021, Roanoke Times

How Democrat Joe Manchin Might Sway The Power Of A Split Senate – 2/1/2021, NPR On Point Podcast

January 2021

Concerns over erosion impact of Mountain Valley Pipeline continue with project in limbo – 1/28/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

Faced with yet another legal hurdle, Mountain Valley Pipeline changes water permit application approach – 1/26/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

One coal state senator holds the key to Biden’s ambitious climate agenda. And it’s not McConnell. – 1/25/2021, Washington Post

Safe Water Collaborative preserves thousands of acres to protect clean drinking water – 1/21/2021, The Journal

Justice names environmental protection chief from agency’s ranks, Harold Ward – 1/20/2020, MetroNews

Federal commission slows Mountain Valley Pipeline – 1/20/2021, Charleston Gazette Mail

Environmental groups set goals for legislative session – 1/17/2021, MetroNews

Atlantic Coast Pipeline restoration planned to start later in WV than other states – 1/6/2021, Charleston Gazette-Mail

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