The recent chemical spill that contaminated the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia, on January 9, 2014, not only left 300,000 West Virginians without water, but breached the trust between state government and the subjugated citizens.
In 2004, the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Water Resources was created to focus on ensuring that all citizenry of West Virginia have access to clean water. It is the public policy of the State of West Virginia to protect and conserve the water resources of the state. The Water Resources Protection Act established the need for a statewide water resources management plan in order to protect this invaluable natural resource. The West Virginia Legislature is currently reviewing the recently completed plan and creating the Aboveground Storage Tank Water Resources Protection Act. It is the determination of the Legislature to not only protect the waters and the citizenry, but to regain the trust of West Virginians by taking the necessary precautions to prevent future disasters.
Co-Chairs Senate Majority Leader John Unger and Delegate Mike Manypenny have decided to begin a series of meetings involving affected agencies, interest groups, and the public to further investigate the events surrounding the chemical spill. We encourage you to help us in our effort to protect and conserve this very vital resource. We welcome your input and hope that you will take advantage of all resources below.