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WV Rivers News: Celebrating a Clean Water Victory, Shale Gas Updates, Gifts for Water Lovers

posted Dec 9, 2016, 8:00 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Victory: Bad Water Quality Rule Withdrawn

Did you hear the good news? Last week, WVDEP withdrew its rule to revise water quality standards. This is good for West Virginia because the rulewould have opened the door for more toxins to be dumped into our water and to remove important Catagory A drinking water protection.

We deserve to congratulate each other on this success, over 1,680 comments and letters were sent by clean water supporters, like you, on the rule.

In you haven't already, we invite you to click here and thank WVDEP for defending Category A protections for our current and future drinking water supplies.

We need to remain vigilant - we still expect industry attacks on Category A protections to show up during the legislative session in February. Please keep paying attention and speaking up because it’s clearly making a difference!

Shale Gas Breaking News

The WV Supreme Court recently sided with landowners and ruled that the Mountain Valley Pipeline cannot survey its proposed pipeline route without landowner permission. The Court stated that such a survey would constitute an illegal “private taking for private use,” because the proposed pipeline would not benefit West Virginians. Read more here. We expect the oil and gas industry will now try to pass legislation to allow surveying without landowner permission.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is considering streamlining the permitting process under the Endangered Species Act to allow nine Oil and Gas Companies to lawfully ‘take’ or kill five different endangered bat species, like the little brown bat pictured, in three states; OH, PA, and WV for the next 50 years. 

Scoping meetings will be held December 12-16 in the three states. The comment deadline is December 27th. Learn more here.

The Dakota Access Pipeline at the proposed Missouri River crossing. Photo by Paulette Moore.

Pipelines made national headlines when the Army Corps of Engineers
did not grant the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River. While this decision encouraged protesters, the story is not over considering legal issues, the upcoming change in administration, and the company’s statement to continue to move forward with the project despite the easement denial.

Waterdrop Waterdrop Inspires a New Generation 
of Water Warriors 
Lori Magana, the Cookie Lobbyist and friend of WV Rivers, recently published her first children's book, Waterdrop Waterdrop. Lori was inspired to write Waterdrop Waterdrop, after the Elk River chemical leak when she became an accidental activist using her special brand of citizen lobbying: baking and distributing a water drop cookies.

Her book, Waterdrop Waterdrop, tells the story of red-haired heroine named Waterdrop, who is dismayed by the problems she encounters in trying to find clean water. As she takes up her shield to protect the water, she encourages and empowers her young friends to join her and to take up their shields too.

Waterdrop Waterdrop would make a great gift for anyone who cares about clean water. You can purchase it here.

'Tis the Season for Gifts that Give Back 

Looking for gift ideas that give back? WV Rivers has you covered!

WV Rivers T-shirts - give the water-lovers on your shopping list a WV Rivers t-shirt. Our tee's are super soft and comfy and are available in unisex and women's cut. Get your t-shirts here.

Gift Memberships - perfect for the person who already has everything. Select any donation or item on WV Rivers donation page, click "go to checkout" then check "make this a gift" and fill out the form. We'll send the gift recipient a special card acknowledging your gift and they'll receive WV Rivers' print newsletter, Headwaters, for a year.

Shop at AmazonSmile - it's the same you love, but each purchase gives back to WV Rivers! Shop AmazonSmile.