Pure Water

Pure, clean water is essential for life. Because water is abundant in West Virginia, we have been slow to recognize the threats to the safe water we need for drinking, for wildlife habitat and for outdoor recreation.

This came home to us in 2014 when chemicals from above-ground tanks owned by Freedom Industries leaked into the Elk River above Charleston, polluting the drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians in 9 counties.

The threats to our pure water are many, including failing municipal waste treatment plants, industrial pollution, agricultural runoff, and urban stormwater runoff.

The West Virginia Legislature has seemed reluctant to address these threats. We plan to change that.

Read the Study on the Impact of Pipeline Construction on Streams by Trout Unlimited and West Virginia Rivers»

Our Pure Water Platform

We support the passage of the Clean Drinking Water Act.

We support legislation that will create a funding mechanism from fees paid by drilling companies for both preventing and plugging abandoned or orphan gas and oil wells.

We support a new regulatory approach to pipeline construction that would require stream by stream crossing plans, enhanced best management practices on sensitive waters such as wild trout streams, and substantially increase fines for permit violations. 

2021 Pure Water Bills

HB 2074

Implementing Recommendations of Study Committee on Reducing Pollution Risks from Horizontal Drilling

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 2/10/21; referred to Energy & Manufacturing Committee

HB 2132

Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 2/10/21; referred to Energy & Manufacturing Committee

HB 2228

Health Impact of DEP Rules

Sponsors: Chuck Horst, John Doyle

CWV Position:

Status: Introduced 2/10/21; referred to Health & Human Resources Committee.

HB 2316

Allowing Electronic Access to DEP Permitting Information

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 2/12/21; referred to Government Organization Committee

HB 2562

Industrial Dumping Litter Control

Sponsors: John Hott

CWV Position:

Status: Introduced 2/16/21; referred to Judiciary Committee

HB 2589

Orphan Oil and Gas Well Prevention Act

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 2/17/21; referred to Energy and Manufacturing Committee

HB 2598

Altering Definitions in Aboveground Storage Tank Act

Sponsors: Chuck Horst

CWV Position: Opposes

Status: Introduced 2/18/21; referred to Energy and Manufacturing Committee; 2/24/21 passed out of E&M Committee but referred to Health and Human Resources Committee; passed out of Health and Human Resources Committee 3/5/21; Passed House 3/10/21; Introduced in Senate 3/12/21; referred to Judiciary Committee 3/12/21

HB 2757

Clean Drinking Water Act of 2021

Sponsors: John Doyle

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 2/24/21; referred to Health and Human Resources Committee

HB 2980

Groundwater Protection Act Amendments

Sponsors: John Doyle

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 3/8/21; referred to Health and Human Resources Committee

SB 362

Orphan Oil and Gas Well Prevention Act

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 2/19; referred to Energy, Industry and Mining Committee

SB 405

Amending Definitions in Above Ground Storage Tank Act

CWV Position: Opposes

Status: Introduced 2/23/21; referred to Judiciary Committee