Conservation West Virginia

Electing Our Conservation Leaders

Preserving the natural environment for ourselves and future generations is an important West Virginia value.

Our families, our communities and our economy are all stronger when we take care of our natural heritage.

We advance this important value by informing West Virginians about key conservation issues, taking positions on legislation and policy affecting the environment, and communicating our views to elected officials.

To make real change, conservationists must have political power. We help achieve this power by evaluating candidates for public office based on their conservation views and mobilizing voters to elect conservation leaders.

Conservation West Virginia is active in these areas of concern:

Clean Air
Pure Water
Climate
Land & Wildlife
Development

Hot News: Climate Change Around the World

West Virginia’s Supreme Court Case Could Undermine Climate Policy

As if we need more to worry about, an anticipated United States Supreme Court ruling in West Virginia vs. the Environmental Protection Agency may permanently alter the ability of that agency to regulate climate change. This case on which…

WV House Passes Program to Regulate Geothermal Energy

In response to a research project being conducted at West Virginia University, the House of Delegates passed HB 4098 on February 10, 2022.  This bill sets up a regulatory structure for geothermal energy in the state.  Geothermal energy is…

WV Repeals Restrictions on Nuclear Power

In a fast-tracked process resulting in the passage of SB 4 by the West Virginia Legislature, the state no longer has any statutory guidance on how to evaluate an application to build a nuclear power plant. The repeal bill was signed by the Governor…

Conservation News

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Conservation West Virginia Supports Rep. David McKinley in the May 10 Republican Primary

Because of population loss, West Virginia’s three Congressional districts have been consolidated into two. The new 2nd District covers roughly the northern half of the state and pits two incumbent Republican Congressmen against one another…
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2022 Legislative Recap: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

The West Virginia Legislature ended its 2022 regular session at midnight March 12, 2022. Altogether, the Legislature passed 293 bills. Sixty-two bills introduced were energy or environment related. Only 8 of them passed. Some of the unsuccessful…
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Mountain Valley Pipeline Dealt Two Blows By U.S. Court of Appeals

In an effort to capitalize on the natural gas contained in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations in West Virginia, Equitrans Midstream Corp. is constructing the Mountain Valley Pipeline running through eleven West Virginia counties and Southeastern…