Some economics of the West Virginia drinking water contamination episode

Environmental Economics

All regulations are not inefficient: The accidents kept coming, and so did the calls for a plan to improve West Virginia’s chemical safety regulations. People always beat the drum about too much government regulation,” [Jeffrey V.

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Sierra Club Compass

Earlier this week, my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision.I'm Beyond West Virginia, need another example of how close to home this contamination can be?

An example of why environmental valuation is needed

Environmental Economics

Luckily, the article actually gives an idea of the magnitude: In West Virginia’s Appalachian mountains, fish are vanishing. The people opposed to the coal industry are trying to pile on with more studies,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “It Mountaintop mining accounts for approximately 45 percent of the entire state’s coal production in West Virginia.”.

A Chicken Sh*t Ruling

Environmental Economics

Environmental Protection Agency has no legal right to force a West Virginia poultry grower to obtain water pollution permits for runoff from her Hardy County farm because it is routine stormwater discharge, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. That means it's exempt from the requirement that it be permitted and regulated under the federal Clean Water Act, he said. "The The U.S.

Stock versus Flow: Flow wins

Environmental Economics

At the behest of Ohio regulators in 2011, [American Electric Power] agreed to split its Ohio operations into two companies: one that delivers power and handles billing, and one that owns and operates power plants. I'm on vacation this week. 

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Enough is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

Sierra Club Compass

Chaos, fear and uncertainty; that’s all the people affected by the chemical spill in West Virginia and the coal ash spill in North Carolina have come to expect from their leaders in the wake of these disasters. "They dominate in West Virginia's life.

"A Curious Plan to Fight Climate Change"

Environmental Economics

Curious and Curiouser: When Patriot filed for bankruptcy in 2015 — its second time in three years — environmentalists and regulators were prepared for the company to figure out ways to shunt liabilities and maximize returns. Patriot sold not only the troubled Federal mine to Mr. Clarke, but also several other mines that were no longer in operation, including a sprawling surface mine carved from the top of a mountain in southern West Virginia.

WV Directs FirstEnergy to Double Energy Efficiency by 2018

Sierra Club Compass

Lincoln County, West Virginia, before mountaintop-removal mining. On October 7, the West Virginia Public Service Commission issued an order requiring FirstEnergy to, among other things, double its energy efficiency target to one percent annually by 2018.

Recovery from WV Coal Chemical Spill Continues - What Next?

Sierra Club Compass

As a West Virginian, this has been a sad, frustrating, and infuriating time for me, though I do not live in the area affected by last week's coal chemical spill.

Daily demand and supply: Why carbon capture was, but is not currently, viable

Environmental Economics

A day after American Electric Power said it would halt a project to bury carbon dioxide deep beneath a coal-fired power plant in West Virginia, experts say the decision reflects a seismic change in the economics of generating electricity. Natural-gas prices also have plummeted, and Congress has been unable to agree on a system for regulating carbon dioxide. "Urgency

West Virginians and North Carolinians Agree - It's Time for Serious Environmental Protections

Sierra Club Compass

In the wake of dangerous coal chemical and coal ash spills in their states already this year, West Virginia and North Carolina voters have gotten a wake-up call on the need for environmental and public health protections - and they know it. West Virginians were shocked and angry.

Our Last Coal Ash Spill: No More Delays for Coal Water Pollution Protections

Sierra Club Compass

Meanwhile, in my home state of West Virginia, people are still afraid to drink their water, almost two months after a coal chemical spilled into the drinking water supply for over 300,000 people. Last week, West Virginians delivered 50,000 petitions calling on the U.S.

New Poll, Rally Show WV, NC and Beyond are Fed Up With Coal Industry's Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

West Virginians hold the coal industry responsible for air and water contamination in the state, and they are tired of the stranglehold they believe the industry''s lobbyists have on state politics.

Two More Victories in the Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Sierra Club Compass

The Spruce Mine - the focus of this case - was the largest mountaintop removal permit ever proposed in West Virginia history, and its valley fills would have buried more than six miles of streams. 1 mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

Ginseng Digging: Local Traditions and Global Markets for Appalachia’s Medicinal Plants

Nature Conservancy - Science

There is the accounting of American frontiersman Daniel Boone ruining twelve tons of dried, ready-for-market “sang” (the frontiersman’s word for American ginseng, which was also used in north Alabama) in a mishap in the rapids of West Virginia’s Kanawha River in 1889.

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North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

Sierra Club Compass

Now, state regulators have withdrawn the sweetheart coal ash violation settlements offered in previous years and instead have asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step in to further investigate coal ash violations.

Coal Ash Bill Fails to Protect Public Health

Sierra Club Compass

A coal ash/slurry impoundment at a mountaintop removal coal mine in West Virginia. Today, Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel at Earthjustice, stood up for the 1.54

At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

In the wake of the West Virginia coal chemical spill earlier this year, it''s more clear than ever that we must close all the water pollution loopholes that the coal industry has enjoyed for far too long. Despite coal ash being so toxic, it''s less regulated than your household garbage.

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End of the Hemlocks, a Lament

Conservancy Talk

And now it appears to be moving west, over the Appalachians and into places like Ohio, where it was found in 2012. As they have in The Nature Conservancy’s Greenland Gap Preserve in West Virginia. Hemlock forest. Photo: Kent Mason. By Randy Edwards. The ash trees had to go.

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How Can We Make Energy Security Sustainable?

Nature Conservancy - Science

We considered the footprints of potential shale gas and wind development across the Marcellus shale play, a mammoth gas field that underlies portions of six Central Appalachian states (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia).

U.S. Power Plants Responsible For 72 Percent Of Greenhouse Emissions In Country

Eco Friendly Daily

is currently in the midst of implementing new regulations for power plants, especially the heaviest polluters, which will require new pollution controls at the facilities. Albans, West Virginia.

ALEC's Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

PR Watch

House of Representatives passed an amendment on April 18 to the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (HR 4348) that would effectively pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating coal ash, the waste from coal burning plants, as a hazardous waste.

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New Study Offers First Comprehensive Picture of Appalachian Energy Development

Nature Conservancy - Science

It incorporates input provided by the energy industry, regulators, and other researchers. Neither regulating agencies’ nor industry’s current practice looks across a region to consider the big picture.

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Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

The chance of a driver striking a deer during those 12 months was 1 in 171 nationwide, but as high as 1 in 40 in West Virginia. In West Virginia there were an estimated 30,203 deer-vehicle collisions in 12 months — roughly $83 for every licensed driver in the state.

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Innovative Solutions for Nature and Climate

Conservancy Talk

Below is the keynote speech I delivered at the meeting on September 26 in Wheeling, West Virginia. regulations, the city now mandates that new developments retain stormwater runoff caused by their projects. This is certainly evident in places like here in West Virginia.

Arbor Day: Earth Day’s Wingman

Conservancy Talk

And just last week, new preventative government regulations were published that are being hailed as a part of a far more comprehensive and cost effective approach. Image: Forest trail at Dolly Sods Wilderness South, West Virginia.

Recovery: Rehoming Brook Trout, the Dweller of Springs

Nature Conservancy - Science

range, from Georgia to Maine and as far west as Iowa, there is less and less of what it needs most — cold, clean water. The belly of the fish I was holding in a nameless rill high in Great Smoky Mountains National Park glowed with impossible shades of orange.

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Remember That Catastrophic Natural Gas Leak in California? Yeah, That Could Happen Again

Nature Conservancy - Science

history began October 23, 2015 with the blowout of an underground natural gas storage well in Aliso Canyon about 20 miles west of Los Angeles. The oldest wells are concentrated in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. “As NatureNet Science Update.

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Coal Ash Dumps Threaten Our Health - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

While we have known the dangers posed by coal ash dumps and storage for decades, toxic coal ash currently has no federal regulations and state laws governing its disposal are usually weak or non-existent. Compass. « Electric Vehicles Get the Vote in New York City | Main. |

After Keystone XL: Why the Paris climate summit could be different

Green Blog

On November 24, they passed two resolutions aimed at blocking EPA regulations that would impose stricter emissions targets on power plants.

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