WEST VIRGINIA CODE
§5D-1-2. Purpose and intent.
The Legislature finds and declares:
(a) That the long-term health and economy of the United States
will depend upon the availability of reliable sources of energy;
(b) That the state of West Virginia has abundant reserves of
coal, natural gas and other natural resources;
(c) That the economy of the state of West Virginia needs a
reliable and dependable market for the state's coal, natural gas
and other natural resources and the by-products thereof;
(d) That the state of West Virginia needs to encourage the
efficient utilization and disposition of by-products resultant from
the production of natural resources;
(e) That, with all due regard to the protection of the
environment and husbandry of the natural resources of this state,
the health, happiness, safety, right of gainful employment and
general welfare of the citizens of this state will be promoted by
the establishment and operation of coal fired electric generating
plants and transmission facilities and the establishment and
operation of natural gas transmission projects and/or other energy
(f) That the means and measures herein authorized for the
financing, building and operation of the facilities described in
subsection (e) are, as a matter of public policy, for the public
purpose of the state.
Accordingly, the public energy authority created herein shall
be authorized to initiate such directives and take such measures as
may be necessary to effectuate the public purpose of this chapter.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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