Unsurprisingly, there’s been a lot going on in climate and environment issues. Here are updates on a few bills CAG staff is specifically working on:
- WV CAG is, now and always, proud to support and work beside the West Virginia Environmental Council in their work toward the coalition’s 2024 legislative priorities. Please sign up to receive updates and action alerts from their lobby team on the ground in the Capitol, and if you’re interested in environmental issues and advocacy, we’d love to see you at E-Day on February 13th! We have two webinars to get you prepared: watch a recording of our Advocacy 101 here, and join a live training on lobbying and our issues on February 2nd by registering here.
- HB5018, a bid to weaken citizen air monitoring programs such as ours, has passed House Energy and will receive a public hearing this Friday at 9am. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and please use our guide to public hearings to craft your comments. If you can’t attend the hearing this Friday, please take a few moments to fill out the form at the end of this update and let your Delegate know that you support protecting citizen air monitoring. And if you’re interested in hosting a permanent air sensor or a back yard monitoring kit, please fill out this interest form—we’ll be placing 30 new PurpleAir sensors this year!
- Solar energy continues to be a priority, with a decision on net metering expected from the Public Service Commission in the coming week in which we were intervenors. It’s not too late to tell them that you support fair rates for solar owners by sending them a letter here! In the meantime, we’re waiting on a Community Solar bill to be introduced in the Senate and still working toward codifying net metering with a bill as well.
- The Orphaned Well Prevention Act (SB532) was introduced! It will require drilling companies to set aside money up front to cover the cost of plugging their wells to prevent landowners and taxpayers from absorbing the cost. Stay plugged in with the WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization for more information and relevant news.
We’ve reached the point in the session where we’ve got a lot to reach out about, so please keep an eye out for individual action alerts—we’ll try not to send more than a handful. And remember, CAG’s power is in our members (you!) standing together.