WVCBP in the News

July 3, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
WV Utility Cutoffs to Resume; A ‘Catastrophic’ Hardship for Some

Public News Service - A ban on West Virginia utility shutoffs during the pandemic has ended this week, leaving many customers scrambling to pay overdue bills to avoid disconnection. Read full article here. In March, the West Virginia Public Service Commission had ordered electric, water and gas providers to halt service disconnections, as so many…

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June 30, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Utility Disconnections to Resume as Pandemic Continues

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch - A general order issued earlier this year by the West Virginia Public Service Commission urging utilities to halt service disconnections for unpaid bills was to expire Tuesday night. Read full article here. The order was put in place in March, as the financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic…

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June 28, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
As Unemployment Remains High, Experts Concerned About End of Bonus Payment

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - To slow the spread of the virus no one in the world has immunity to, thousands of West Virginians had to lose their jobs. Read full article here. Now, as people head back to work, some low-earning West Virginians are realizing they may have been better off without a job. The federal…

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June 25, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Republican Attorneys General, DOJ Submit Briefs in ‘Obamacare’ Lawsuit

WV MetroNews - Eighteen state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice have filed their opening briefs in the legal challenge to former President Barack Obama’s health care law with the U.S. Supreme Court. Read full article here. The briefs filed Thursday argue the law is no longer constitutional because Congress zeroed out the individual mandate penalty for…

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June 16, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Letter to Governors Questions Economic Impact of Crackers

Martins Ferry Times Leader, Steubenville Herald-Star, Washington County Observer-Reporter, Wheeling Intelligencer, Weirton Daily Times- The prospect of a petrochemical buildout in the Ohio River Valley was already a divisive issue. It was ballyhooed by some as an economic generator and decried by others for greenhouse gas emissions. Read article. That scenario became a bit more…

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June 16, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Petrochemical Growth in Region ‘Unlikely,’ Academics Say

Beaver County Times- Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia may never see the petrochemical buildout many once expected, a group of regional economists say. Read article. In a letter Monday, eight academic leaders representing seven area universities, as well as a former Pennsylvania Environmental Protection secretary told Gov. Tom Wolf, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and West…

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June 15, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Tri-State Economists Warn Leaders ‘Dirty Industry’ Won’t Bring the Jobs They’re Banking On

ABC27.com, WTRF.com - Regional economists are warning tri-state governors that the petrochemical boom is a ‘non-starter’… meaning the Ethane Cracker Plant potentially making its way to Dilles Bottom could be a giant leap in the wrong direction. Read article. Citing a years-long trend of declining profit margins of the Beaver County plant, a group of faculty…

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June 15, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Group Doesn’t Believe Petrochemical Will– or Should– Be Built in Dilles Bottom

WTOV9.com - A letter was sent to governors in the tri-state area regarding the future of the petrochemical industry. Read article. It referenced the proposed multi-billion-dollar petrochemical plant in Dilles Bottom. A group of economists and engineers believe the proposed cracker plant project is unlikely to happen as demand is down, while the company is…

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