Of West Virginia’s 170 watershed dams, 169 are designated “high hazard”: if they should break, high levels of property damage and loss of life likely would occur.
Brian Farkas, executive director of the West Virginia Conservation Agency, said while none of those dams are in danger of failing, many of them will likely need millions of dollars of work. But the agency won’t know how much that work will cost — or even what kind of work needs to be done — until it gets engineering studies on the structures.
“It is a statewide issue. And it is an issue, given our current resources, we currently can’t address,” he said.
In other news…
- State Democrats are headed to Washington, D.C. to meet with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials and President Barack Obama’s administration. About 16 people will attend, with each lawmaker covering their own costs. Party chairman Larry Puccio said the goal is to establish communications with the EPA and the administration.
- From today’s Charleston Gazette: Attorney General Patrick Morrisey took campaign contributions from prescription pill manufacturer Cardinal Health, a company his office is currently engaged in a lawsuit with. Morrisey alleges his predecessor, Attorney General Darrell McGraw, told him he had taken out the suit in retaliation for running against him. McGraw told reporter Eric Eyre he made no such comments to Morrisey.
- Lincoln County Democrats are expected to meet this evening to pick a successor for Delegate Josh Stowers, D-Lincoln, who left the House earlier this month to join the Treasurer’s Dept.
Finally, here’s a look at the newest weapon on the Daily Mail’s journalistic arsenal, a drone: