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Flooding Inundates Residential Areas in West Virginia

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for Cabell, Putnam, and Roane counties on Friday, May 6, after heavy rainfall led to “significant” flooding in northwest parts of the state.


Manchin open to methane fee in climate, energy talks

By Nico Portuondo Photo: Francis Chung , E&E News

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin expressed optimism yesterday that a fee on methane emissions could be part of a bipartisan climate and energy package currently being negotiated behind closed doors.
But the West Virginia Democrat said certain conditions would need to be met — namely, that pipelines would not be penalized if they are not able to build infrastructure to trap the potent greenhouse gas.


Manchin, Kelly Join GOP to Pass Motion Against Biden Declaring Climate Emergency

By Jake Johnson Photo: Chip Somodevilla , Getty Images

Two right-wing Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Kelly of Arizona, crossed the aisle Wednesday to help Republicans approve a motion aimed at barring President Joe Biden from declaring a climate emergency, a step that green groups have been pressuring him to take since his first day in office.


Which States Are the Most Environmentally Friendly?

By Sarah Lozanova

A majority of Americans see the effects of climate change in their own communities and believe the federal government should do more to stop them. Despite growing concern about the climate crisis, some states are doing far less than others to boost energy efficiency, decrease the use of fossil fuels, and protect air, water, and soil quality. Are you living in a state that’s taking environmental actions?


Mountain Valley Pipeline, a litmus test for big projects, is delayed again

By Anya Litvak Photo: Heather Rousseau , AP

Equitrans Midstream Corp. has again delayed the start date for its 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline and raised its estimated cost to $6.6 billion, more than twice the original estimate.


Another delay and cost increase announced for Mountain Valley Pipeline

By Laurence Hammack

Mountain Valley Pipeline will again seek new permits that have twice been cast aside by the courts, delaying completion to the second half of 2023 and boosting the project’s cost to $6.6 billion.



By Eric Lutz Photo: Mandel Ngan , Getty Images

He’s at it again. Joe Manchin, the self-appointed gatekeeper of his party’s agenda in the evenly-divided Senate, is once again making noise about the potential for a bipartisan deal to address energy and the climate. But, as with the West Virginia senator’s other efforts to work across the aisle, the whole endeavor should raise some eyebrows.


Manchin energy mantra collides with reality in W.Va.

By Scott Waldman Photo: Francis Chung , E&E News

When Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) explains why he has blocked key parts of the president’s climate agenda, he often points to his support for an “all-of-the-above energy” strategy.
In recent months, Manchin sank President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion social and climate spending package, jettisoned a high-profile nominee for the Federal Reserve, and objected to a plan by the Securities and Exchange Commission to increase corporate accountability for global warming risks.


Former West Virginia coal mine to become solar farm

By Tyler Arnold

SEVA West Virginia will develop 3,000 acres of the former Hobet mining site in Boone and Lincoln Counties into a solar farm. The counties are in southern West Virginia. The company is partnering with the counties’ economic authorities and the state on this project.


Biden’s ‘cost of carbon’ policy survives court challenge

By Kevin McGill Photo: Evan Vucci , Reuters

In a victory for President Joe Biden, a federal appeals court Thursday refused to revisit its March decision reviving administration plans to account for potential damage from greenhouse gas emissions when creating rules for pollution-generating industries.