Response of Trish Prichard

Name 

First   Trish

Last   Pritchard

Office campaigning for *WV House District 10

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Question #1


Is reducing human-induced climate change a priority for you?  Why?

 Yes

 No

 Explain:  150 words or less

We must act now to make tough decisions and plan for the future in a way we bring all stakeholders together to understand competing priorities and consequences and why climate change impact must be considered as part of any program or initiative. 

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Question #2

What is your position on the much discussed Appalachian Petrochemical Storage Hub?

 Favor

 Oppose
 Don’t Know
 Explain: 

Black and white yes or no answers can’t address this question adequately.
Economic development is too important to WV to reject projects out of hand.  I worked in the chemical industry for 36 years.  Smart Regulation and funding strict enforcement of those regulations is critical for any industry in WV.  We can have smart safe clean industry here in WV.  There are no short cuts.  Well regulated industry is possible with right to operate at risk and enforced.  Surely we can support economic development with regulatory safeguards.  I welcome the chance to discuss alternatives with your group.

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Question #3


What is your position on the barge docking station below Marietta that will bring fracking waste to the Mid-Ohio Valley?

 Favor
 Oppose
 Don’t Know
 Explain:
Fracking waste disposal is one of the most concerning parts of the fracking industry.  We certainly do not need to risk our water supply for this facility!

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Question #4

Many corporations have set carbon reduction goals and require access to sustainable energy sources in order for them to locate in a state.  Do you think the MOV needs to better position itself to attract such businesses? Explain what you would propose to convince these corporations we are serious about working with them to reduce their carbon footprint. 

 Yes

 No
 Explain:
I am not an expert on sustainable energy however I understand the importance of being able to attract companies with this on their siting requirements.  WV must look to the future and allow power purchase agreements and seriously look at the benefits of regional groups such as RGGI.  It is time to expect more from our power companies and to partner with us in making progress toward  sustainable energy goals.


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Question #5

The State of Pennsylvania has an Environmental Rights amendment in its constitution that reads: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Our state’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. “Would you approve adding such an amendment to our state constitution?

 Yes
 No
 Explain

Setting priorities in principle at the highest levels helps to align stakeholders and leadership in program development and decision making.