- – E&E Energywire – 8/27/20
- – The Recorder – 8/6/20
- – The Mountaineer – 7/7/20
West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Trout Unlimited have released a new report discussing the impact pipeline construction has on rivers and streams. Reducing Impacts of Pipelines Crossing Rivers and Streams notes that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline routes include over 2,600 waterbody crossings in West Virginia,
- – E&E Energywire – 5/7/20
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will conduct a virtual public hearing on April 20, from 6 to 8 pm, on its proposed biological assessment rule that defines how the agency uses the presence of aquatic life to determine whether a stream is meeting the state’s water quality standards,
The recently announced U.S. EPA policy on enforcement discretion during the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue clarifying guidance.
The DEQ statement,
- – EcoWatch – 3/30/20
The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a voice vote on March 4 a bill that would establish as a misdemeanor an action by “any person who willfully and knowingly trespasses or enters property containing a critical infrastructure without permission.” A similar measure passed the WV House of Delegates by a 65-30 vote on February 13.
Legislation was introduced January 30 in the West Virginia House of Delegates that would heighten the penalties for protesting near oil and gas pipelines and other infrastructures. Under the provisions of H.R 4615 knowingly trespassing on property containing a critical infrastructure facility is punishable by a year in jail and a $500 fine.