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WV Rivers News: 2 Actions on Natural Gas, WQS Hearing Update, Film Fest, Fall Events

posted Aug 12, 2016, 6:04 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Clean Water Advocates Turn Out for Public Hearing 

Speakers at the Water Quality Standards hearing at the WVDEP headquarters. Photo by Chad Carpenter.

Thank you to all 315 of you who submitted your comments on proposed changes to water quality standards – we broke a record for DEP comments! We also made our mark at the public hearing, the room was filled with clean water advocates and not a single voice representing the industries pushing for the changes. Read more about the hearing in the Charleston Gazette-Mail article 
here. See our hearing comments here and technical comments here. Next, DEP will respond to all of our comments and file a final rule with the Secretary of State. Then, the rule will have to go through the legislative process in early 2017. So, stay with us, there’s still a ways to go – together, we send a powerful message!

Opportunity to Comment on Two Natural Gas Projects 

Photo by Kent Mason.

Two natural gas projects have submitted 401 Water Quality Certification Applications to the WVDEP for review and you can provide input! The 401 application for these large projects should be detailed, but both do not have sufficient information to certify that they will not impact our water. Click here to view the permit documents.

Rover Pipeline 401 Application - Comments Due 5pm, TODAY
The proposed Rover pipeline would install approximately 60 miles of pipelines and would impact approximately 175 streams and involve 3 crossings under the Ohio River. Submit comments on Rover’s 401 application.

Antero 401 Application - Comments Due 5pm, August 23
The proposed Antero landfill and wastewater treatment facility encompasses approximately 486 acres in Doddridge and Ritchie Counties. The facility would treat fracking wastewater for re-use and dispose of the salt byproducts in the attached landfill and would impact 89 streams and 11 wetlands. It would be located 4 miles upstream of a drinking water intake. Submit comments on Antero’s 401 application and stay tuned to WV Rivers as we continue to monitor and provide action alerts on the Antero project. 

Activists From Six States Gather to Address Shale Gas

In the midst of the fracking boom, the concerns for our air, land, and water can be overwhelming. Our attendance at the It’s a Gas 2 conference left us with a sense of empowerment. More than 50 leaders representing 26 organizations from 6 states gathered to strengthen regional work around issues relating to shale gas development. Recently, WV Rivers received funding from the New World Foundation Fracking Fund positioning us to expand our current efforts on natural gas and amplifying the voices of impacted communities. Stay tuned for shale gas water quality monitoring training announcements!

West Virginia Flood Update - Bacterial Contamination

It's been seven weeks since record breaking floods impacted communities across the state. Beyond the physical destruction and on going recovery, one of the lingering concerns is unsafe levels of bacteria in our water. Damage to sewage and septic systems introduced raw sewage into our rivers.

Fecal coliform, continues to be detected in some water quality samples at unsafe levels. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department released an advisory on water contact recreation. 

WV Rivers will continue to advocate for full restoration of wastewater treatment plants. We'll keep an eye on bacterial levels and make sure the public is aware where and when recreation could be dangerous.

Submit Your Film To The WV Rivers Film Festival!

WV Rivers' annual Film Festival is headed back to the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown on Friday, November 4! Last year, WV Rivers hosted our first homegrown film festival featuring filmmakers and films from West Virginia. This year we are doing it again! 

Submit Your Film!
We are looking for talented filmmakers to submit their films to the 2016 WV Rivers' Film Festival. Our film festival is a blend of conservation and adventure films with a focus on West Virginia and Appalachia. Ideal films are under 20 minutes and highlight what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful. You can submit your film here, or download the form here.  

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call Kathleen at 304-637-7201.

The film submission deadline is September 30, 2016. Films selected for the 2016 WV Rivers' Film Festival will be notified by October 10. 

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