Energy & Environment

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The City of Parkersburg will provide water to some parts of Vienna in response to high levels of a carcinogenic chemical in the town’s drinking water.

The Parkersburg Utility Board’s Assistant Manager Eric Bumgardner says the lower-third of Vienna, also known as the town’s commercial district, had its water switched over to Parkersburg’s water supply Wednesday.

This will remain in effect until a permanent fix is in place.

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The state Public Service Commission has set a date for a hearing involving a lawsuit filed against a water company and a manufacturer that sold a chemical to a company involved in a massive spill in Charleston.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports commissioners issued an order scheduling an evidentiary hearing in the investigation for Nov. 15-17.

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A camp for environmental education is now open to the public in Summers County, West Virginia.

The Register-Herald reports that Camp Brookside celebrated its opening Saturday afternoon.

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A company has agreed to pay for the installation of carbon filters in Vienna's water treatment plant.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp says the installation paid for by Wilmington, Delaware-based Chemours Co. will begin immediately.

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Birders and nature lovers can participate in nature walks, presentations and activities during the annual Canaan Valley Birding Festival next month in Davis.

The event is June 2 through 5 at Canaan Valley Resort. Nature walk leaders will provide instruction on birding by ear as well as eye.

 “I feel sad for the [Washington Works] plant because it was the epicenter for Parkersburg [West Virginia], for income, for community life, for identity. The identity of Parkersburg was tied to DuPont,” said DuPont retiree Jerry Moraczewski. He remembers
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Update: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

 

The City of Vienna issued a statement today saying residents may bring clear containers to one of four locations between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to collect water for drinking and food preparation:

Whiterwater Rafting Gauley River
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  West Virginia's whitewater rafting industry saw a 3 percent increase in visitors last year compared to 2014.

State Division of Natural Resources figures show traffic on the New, Gauley and other West Virginia rivers totaled 134,082 customers in 2015, up 3,900 customers from the year before.

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West Virginia environmental officials will be honoring several organizations and groups for their work.

The 2016 Environmental Awards will be presented Monday at the Department of Environmental Protection's headquarters in Kanawha City.

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Scientists are telling us that this is the year of the Cicadas. The noisy insects emerge in West Virginia every so often, this bunch haven’t been to the state in 17 years and some Marshall professors want your help tracking them.

Two Marshall University Science professors are giddy about the idea of cicadas coming to the state this summer. They’re looking for help in tracking the next wave called Brood V cicadas. 

Solar panels arriving in Fayette County.
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Marshall University is holding a renewable energy conference this week.

The conference will take place Thursday at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall in Huntington.

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Residents in three western Virginia counties will have a chance to weigh in a proposed new path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said this week that it will collect comments from the public and agencies on changes to the $5 billion natural gas pipeline proposal.

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Environmental groups are taking legal action to require the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to treat water pollution at bankrupt coal mines in Barbour, Nicholas and Preston counties.

News outlets report that West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club filed two lawsuits in two federal courts on April 20. The plaintiffs accuse West Virginia of violating the Clean Water Act by allowing excessive amounts of pollutants to discharge from the abandoned coal mine sites.

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Berkeley Springs High School has been singled out for its environmentally friendly practices.

The U.S. Department of Education named the school as a Green Ribbon School.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting for a hazardous waste site in Clarksburg that could be added to the federal Superfund program's priority list.

The Exponent Telegram reports city manager Martin Howe says the May 24 meeting will be at the North View Fire Station.

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and natural gas industry executives have met with Japanese business leaders to discuss investment opportunities.

A Tomblin news release says executives from Energy Corporation of America and MarkWest Energy Partners joined for the meeting Friday in New York City.

Solar panels arriving in Fayette County.
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A group of Ben Franklin Career Center students has been assembling solar panel kits that will bring electricity to Navajo homes.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the six students spoke at a presentation Thursday at Ben Franklin about the kits.

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West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection has submitted a feasibility study to West Virginia lawmakers. The study focused on the state’s ability to meet proposed federal carbon emission regulations, and it was required by state law.

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The U.S. Senate passed national energy reform legislation this week for the first time in nearly a decade.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 includes amendments were offered up by Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore-Capito of West Virginia that aim to help coal be a competitive energy source into the future.  

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West Virginia State University has a full day of activities planned for its Earth Day celebration on April 25.

The university says the celebration starts at 9:30 a.m. and is to include presentations, movie screenings and exhibitors, including electric cars on display in front of the James C. Wilson University Union. The events are free and open to the public.

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Officials say a plane flying from New York to Tennessee made an emergency landing in West Virginia after striking a bird.

News outlets report the 57 passengers onboard the Delta flight had an unexpected layover Thursday at Charleston's Yeager Airport.

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