Transitioning

Next week, Advocates for a Safe Water System will be launching a campaign for a public water system. Those of you who are frequent readers of this blog know that I have often written about West Virginia American Water’s failed expansion strategy and American Water Work’s financial disincentives for investing in infrastructure improvements in West […]

Update on Good vs. West Virginia American Water

Yesterday, Judge Copenhaver issued an order in the ongoing dispute over the confidentiality of certain documents in the federal court case “Good vs. West Virginia American Water.” The Gazette has the story: The judge said if the parties could not come to an agreement to release the records, the defendants in the case — West […]

Town hall meeting on water in Dunbar this Thursday

Three recent water main breaks in Dunbar within the space of a week left thousands of customers without water for days. Come to a town hall meeting this Thursday to talk with your neighbors about what we can do: Dunbar Town Hall Meeting on Water Thursday, July 9th 7:00-8:30pm Dunbar United Methodist Church (1401 Myers […]

WV American Water wants a 30% rate increase

WV American Water wants to raise water rates, again. This is the first in a series of posts dealing with the rate increase. The company made a 1250-page filing with the Public Service Commission to justify its proposed 28% rate increase (30% for residential customers). According to the utility, its rate increase does not include […]

Safe water system training on May 30th

Advocates for a Safe Water System is hosting a “Safe Water System Orientation Training” on Saturday, May 30th. From the group’s website: We know that a safe water system won’t happen without active citizen involvement. Come to this training to learn how you can get involved in strengthening the movement for a safe water system […]

Public meeting on Freedom site decontamination next Tuesday

On Tuesday, March 24th from 5-7pm at the Charleston Civic Center, consultants from Freedom Industries and the Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting about the remediation of the Elk River site. Though the tanks have been removed from the site, the ground is, of course, still contaminated with MCHM and the other […]

What’s next?

Everyone said that having the water crisis happen during the legislative session last year was a great thing. I disagree. The timing of the water crisis meant that public attention focused immediately on the legislature with the expectation that legislators would “fix” the problem. There was less discussion of the longer-term causes of the crisis, […]

Last chance to oppose Senate Bill 423

After the House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 423 in a 13-12 vote last night, the bill now moves to the House floor for a vote. The WV Safe Water Roundtable is encouraging people to write to Speaker of the House Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) to urge him to kill the bill. Armstead can be reached […]

Public hearing on Aboveground Storage Tank Act rollback – Friday

There will be a public hearing this Friday, March 6th at 8:30am in the House of Delegates Chamber on Senate Bill 423 – the bill to roll back last year’s Aboveground Storage Tank Act. As I posted last week, Senate Bill 423 has been amended since it was originally introduced. The amended bill still significantly […]

Public hearing Monday on reclassification of the Kanawha River

We have just learned that there will be a public hearing on Monday at 8:30am in the House of Delegates Chamber at the state capitol on House Bill 2289, the bill that would reclassify the Kanawha River as a drinking water source. This would allow for the option of creating a second water intake on […]