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. Last week’s massive chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River was the region’s third major chemical accident in five years.

Photo essay: What’s growing in West Virginia’s urban ruins?

Green (Living) Review

When Danny Swan first broke ground on his West Virginia farm in June 2008, his rototiller hit a baby doll. And since 2008, roughly two dozen copycat gardens have popped up throughout this city in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. WHEELING, W.Va.

Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 Million

Green Living Ideas

Despite the PR campaigns by the coal lobby that imply that the state relies on coal income, an analysis by The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy finds that actually coal cost the state of West Virginia more than it took in. The [.] [ Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 million coal coal mining costs West Virginia

Visiting West Virginia. ~ Alexa Mergen {Poem}

Elephant Journal

I watched stars arch their backbends; one charmed me to doze. Adventure Literary Journal poetry rocks sky spirit

West Virginia Suffers Another Enviromental Catastrophe

Living In a Toxic World

Sad to see the beautiful state of West Virginia suffer yet another environmental disaster. Source: West Virginia Gazette.) This latest spill comes just one month after the devastation caused by a chemical spill in the Elk River.

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?

Hell on rails: West Virginia burning after crude oil train derailment

Green Blog

The fires from Monday''s derailment of a train carrying crude oil in Fayette County, West Virginia, continued to burn Tuesday morning, and emergency shelters for hundreds of people who had to evacuate after the derailment remain open. "A

10 Amazing Fall Foliage Photos

Conservancy Talk

1) View from the Conservancy’s Bear Rocks Preserve of fog in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. 6) Sunrise over red spruce and red blueberry, in full Fall color, at the Conservancy’s Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia.

The Green Buzz: Monday, January 13

Conservancy Talk

Saving the radioactive cows, West Virginians soon to have clean water restored, and an attitude adjustment re: urban biodiversity in today’s green news. A West Virginia chemical spill , which left many residents without access to clean running water for five days, is thankfully nearing its end. ( Huffington Post ).

CHART: Which Kills More Birds, Cats or Turbines? | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

29, 2013 2:34 PM PST Tweet Malingering/Flickr; vaxomatic/Flickr Last month Fox News reported on the "grizzly deaths" of 500 songbirds in West Virginia. — James West. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics. Environment. Culture. Photo Essays.

Young girl shares gardening secrets after growing a massive cabbage

Green (Living) Review

A 9-year-old girl is showing off her green thumb and the massive eleven pound cabbage she grew in her mom's garden in West Virginia. Isabella Campos learned how to grow a small cabbage in school and wanted to try it at home.

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7 State Parks for Fall Colors and Birding

10,000 Birds

North Bend State Park, West Virginia. Strong populations of birds reside in the hardwood forests and dense understories in this north-eastern location of West Virginia. Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia. Leaves and birds in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Will EU Apply Carbon Tariffs Against US Rogue States?

Green Living Ideas

In five states 90% of the electricity comes from coal: Wyoming, North Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana. Tags: Alternative Energy News and Events 90% coal carbon tariffs copenhagen final document due January 31 France Indiana Kentucky North Dakota West Virginia Wyoming In Colorado it is 70%. A relatively few highly coal-dependent states is the reason that the overall American carbon footprint per capita is so much higher than Europeans.

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Costa Rica: 5 great green reasons to go NOW

Green Traveler Guides

Although smaller than West Virginia, this tiny Central American country is home to nearly five percent of all species on Earth, and over 25 percent of the Costa Rica has been permanently protected as national parks or nature [.]

Coal Chemical Spill Contaminates Water for 300,000 West Virginians

Sierra Club Compass

On Thursday night, a chemical spill on the Elk River in West Virginia, just two miles above the Elk River water treatment plant near Charleston, contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 residents in central and southern West Virginia.

Costa Rica: 5 great green reasons to go NOW

Green Traveler Guides

Although smaller than West Virginia, this tiny Central American country is home to nearly five percent of all species on Earth, and over 25 percent of the Costa Rica has been permanently protected as national parks or nature [.]

"A Forgotten Legacy of George H. W. Bush"

Environmental Economics

Taking action meant tangling with Robert Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who assumed leadership of the Senate majority after the election of 1986. West Virginia coal was especially packed with sulfur; new standards might put West Virginia miners out of work. David Frum in The Atlantic  re: Acid Rain and " the grand policy experiment ": The Reagan administration resisted any rapid response to the problem.

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

10,000 Birds

Virginia (122), New Mexico (112); Texas (106); Colorado (106), and Pennsylvania (102). West Virginia ranks 44th, Hawaii ranks 45th, and Rhode Island ranks 48th.

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Nope, I can't think of a worse [economic] idea

Environmental Economics

Alan Krupnick: Can there possibly be a worse idea than to have the federal government give every ton of eastern coal burned a $15 subsidy—as was proposed by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. To put this in perspective, the current price of coal from West Virginia ranges from $45 to $52 per ton, so this subsidy is very large relative to the price.

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The Benefits of Trees. ~ Katie Dubow

Elephant Journal

EAB has been spotted in Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ontario, Quebec and most recently, Colorado.

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Round-Up of WV Coal Chemical Spill News

Sierra Club Compass

Mary Anne was on to discuss last week''s Freedom Industries coal chemical spill in West Virginia, which has left more than 300,000 people without water. Even Erin Brockovich was in West Virginia for a meeting with affected residents Monday night.

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.

Better Restoration Through ‘Shrooms?

Nature Conservancy - Science

It’s cold and damp this morning in West Virginia’s Kumbrabrow State Forest where Conservancy stewardship manager Mike Powell and his colleagues are prepping for a busy morning restoring red spruce seedlings. For More on Mychorriza in West Virginia.

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Environmental Economics

Downhill from strip mining operations in West Virginia. From the inbox: In the spirit of Halloween, Huffington Post published an article called “ The 10 Scariest Real Places in America. Wondering about the number one scariest locale? Whether it’s the toxic coal slurry, the flooding, or the constant threat that forceful blasting will send a chunk of flyrock through your roof, living near a mountaintop removal site is indeed a scary thought

Blue Jays On the Move

10,000 Birds

A jay born and raised in New York State may winter in Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, or Tennessee, depending on its taste in barbecue. Many aspects of fall migration are not calculated to appeal to a bone-idle birder such as myself. The warblers are confusing.

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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.”.

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.

Prii* Problems

Environmental Economics

The states with the highest percentage of electricity coming from coal, according to the Department of Energy, are West Virginia, Wyoming, Ohio, North Dakota, and Illinois. 'Because electric vehicles, on average, generate greater environmental externalities than gasoline vehicles, the current federal policy has greater deadweight loss than the no-subsidy policy,' the [NBER authors] write. 'It's

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What is the State Bird of North Carolina?

10,000 Birds

In addition to North Carolina, six other states have named the cardinal their state bird, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. When birders in the eastern United States see a flash of red up in the canopy or deep inside nearby bushes, more likely than not those crimson feathers belong to the iconic Northern Cardinal.

Local Gas (and no I'm not talking about what happens when I eat local cucumbers)

Environmental Economics

This is the most recent of several cracker plants proposed by various companies in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Proximity matters: An energy company from Thailand said today that it is considering building an ethane cracker in Belmont County, a project that could lead to billions of dollars worth of investment. “We

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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.

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. The U.S.

Oil Train Explosions: A Timeline in Pictures

Sightline Daily

Galena, Illinois: March 6, 2015 Mount Carbon, West Virginia: February 16, 2015. Kanawha River, West Virginia, Crude Oil Derailment by Paul Corbit Brown (Used with permission.) Lynchburg, Virginia: April 30, 2014 James River oil train derailment by Waterkeeper Alliance Inc.

Standing Up for Clean Water When States Won't

Sierra Club Compass

Such is the reality for thousands of people living in small Appalachian communities across West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. "Mountaintop to protect West Virginia waterways from.

Volunteer Profile: Getting Water to WV Residents - Fighting to Keep WV Water Clean

Sierra Club Compass

Jen-Osha, her staff and a band of volunteers spend their time raising awareness about the dangers of mountaintop removal coal mining, promoting local arts and engaging in educational programs for youth in West Virginia.

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Poisons Appalachia's Waterways

Sierra Club Compass

I remember the first time I saw a mountaintop-removal coal mining site - Kayford Mountain in southern West Virginia. Unfortunately, the four states that make up our Appalachian community - Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky refuse to take the threat to our water seriously.

Growing Up Wild: Wilderness Backpacking with My Daughter

Conservancy Talk

The Otter Creek Wilderness area is part of the nearly million-acre Monongahela National Forest , which blankets some of the highest peaks in West Virginia. . West Virginia’s forests are home to the relatively shy black bear. . Photo: Randy Edwards/TNC.

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Waxwings Really Have Wax Wings

Nature Conservancy - Science

A Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) eating berries at Mount Porte Crayon in West Virginia. Port Crayon in West Virginia. Cedar Waxwings are a favorite of many birders and backyard naturalists.

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Friday beer post

Environmental Economics

Senators voted 54 to 46 not to take up an amendment offered by Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, that also declared human-caused climate change to be real and devastating, and urged the government to support research on technologies that would capture carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Is it beer thirty yet?

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The Raptor Situation in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

It’s a fine selection of birds for a place the same size as West Virginia but it also comes with a catch commonly found in tropical forest ecosystems. What birder doesn’t get excited about raptors?

Water Pollution from Fracking in Four US States.


The fossil fuel industry may say that fracking does not cause pollution in our water ways, that it is an urban myth, but hundreds of complaints have been made in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas, according to the Associated Press. The Pennsylvania complaints can include allegations of short-term diminished water flow, as well as pollution from stray gas or other substances. More than 100 cases of pollution were confirmed over the past five years.

"A Curious Plan to Fight Climate Change"

Environmental Economics

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. He is hoping that states, led by West Virginia, will allow utilities to pass through the costs of his credits to ratepayers.

Stock versus Flow: Flow wins

Environmental Economics

The plants, both of which are in West Virginia near the Ohio line, will be regulated in nearby states that allow a utility to sell electricity directly to consumers. I'm on vacation this week.    At best my posts are going to be reposts (shocking, I know).

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