North Carolina Denies Water Permit to Mountain Valley Pipeline

On August 11, 2020 the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality rejected a water permit for a 75-mile branch of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Overall, the MVP is a 300-mile project designed to transmit gas from nothwestern West Virginia…

WV Oil and Gas Industry Wants Feds to Pay for Plugging Abandoned Wells

The West Virginia oil and gas industry and the surface owners' rights lobby want to shift the cost of plugging abandoned oil and gas wells to a federally funded program. Several bills introduced in the Legislature last session would have made…

BP To Cut Oil Production By 40% Over the Decade

BP, one of the world's largest oil companies, announced August 4, 2020 that it would cut its oil and gas production 40% and increase its renewable electric power output twenty-fold within the next ten years. It also expects to direct a third…

Elliot Simon to Face John Doyle for 67th District Delegate Seat

Elliot Simon has been appointed by the Jefferson County Republican Party to challenge incumbent John Doyle for Delegate in the 67th District, including Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown. The original Republican candidate, Mark Everhart, withdrew…

WV Absentee Ballot Available in General Election to Those With COVID-19 Concern

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner announced on July 27, 2020 that absentee ballots will be available to those who apply and list as a reason “illness, injury or other medical reason which keeps me confined.” Because the state continues…

Trophy Rainbow Trout Caught in Kanawha River

Surprising the angler and biologists, a twenty-one inch Rainbow Trout was recently caught in the Kanawha River near downtown Charleston. Trout are rare in the Kanawha in July, when water temperatures can reach 80 degrees. Read more on The…

Potomac Riverkeepers Plan Suit Against Coal Company for Contaminated Stormwater

Environmental groups, including the Potomac Riverkeepers, issued a notice of intent to sue D & L Coal Company of Keyser, West Virginia, for allegedly allowing stormwater contaminated with coal waste to enter the North Branch of the Potomac…

Proctor & Gamble Announces Aggressive New Carbon Target

Proctor & Gamble, which operates an enormous new plant in Berkeley County, announced its new goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. P&G’s previous target was to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Read more on Proctor & Gamble…

Great Lakes Water Temperature Highest on Record

Water temperature in the Great Lakes is the highest on record, reaching roughly 10 degrees above normal in Lakes Michigan, Ontario and Erie. Read more on The Washington Post or download the PDF»

Judge Halts Dakota Access Pipeline

A federal judge ordered a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline until a proper environmental impact analysis is done, which could take a year. Read more on The Washington Post or download the PDF»