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Water pollution trial winding down against Justice company
Water pollution trial winding down against Justice company

PINEVILLE, W.Va. — With West Virginia’s primary election just days away, a local jury is set to decide whether a coal company owned by Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Jim Justice contaminated the...

DEP report: WV emissions plan has little impact on coal’s future
DEP report: WV emissions plan has little impact on coal’s future

West Virginia regulators and lawmakers have limited ability to blunt any impact that the Obama administration’s greenhouse emissions reduction plan would have on the coal industry, the state Department of Environmental Protection said in a much-...

Court vacates Blair Mountain delisting from Historic Places registry
Court vacates Blair Mountain delisting from Historic Places registry

A federal judge in Washington on Monday ruled that the U.S. Interior Department was wrong when it removed the site of the Blair Mountain labor battle from the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Alpha seeks court OK to break UMW contract

Lawyers for Alpha Natural Resources are asking a federal bankruptcy judge to allow the company to break its contract with the United Mine Workers union as part of an effort to reorganize its finances and survive the ongoing decline in the...

Focus on Clinton comments obscures WV coalfield challenges
Focus on Clinton comments obscures WV coalfield challenges

While coalfield political leaders and industry officials spent much of the week attacking Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s ...

Peabody Energy warns of bankruptcy
Peabody Energy warns of bankruptcy

The nation’s top coal producer, Peabody Energy, warned Wednesday that it might be headed for bankruptcy, in a move that again emphasizes the continuing troubles faced by the U.S. mining industry.

DEP rules bill dies in dispute over EPA wood stove efficiency regulation
DEP rules bill dies in dispute over EPA wood stove efficiency regulation

A wide variety of state Department of Environmental Protection rule changes — including new safety standards for chemical storage tanks near drinking water...

DEP’s Huffman: Focus on how to deal with climate change
DEP’s Huffman: Focus on how to deal with climate change

The nation should be focused on how to do something about global warming, not continuing to bicker about whether the climate is really changing, state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman said Wednesday during a U.S. Senate...

DEP’s Huffman blasts Obama administration’s EPA
DEP’s Huffman blasts Obama administration’s EPA

Federal regulators are wrongly pressuring West Virginia environmental officials on air quality and water pollution issues in an effort to “totally remake the American regulatory landscape,” state Department of Environmental Protection...

EPA questions water rule changes pending in Senate

As a pair of water quality changes sought by the coal industry moves through the Legislature, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cautioning state regulators that it believes West Virginia's standards may not be strong enough.

Chinese demand, metallurgical coal prices helped push mining’s decline

Plummeting prices for steel-making coal and greatly reduced demand for that coal in China have played a far greater role in the decline in the Appalachian mining industry than is often explained publicly, according to a new...

Obama carbon rules at issue in Supreme Court turmoil
Obama carbon rules at issue in Supreme Court turmoil

Among the major cases whose fate might have changed with the death Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is one that’s being closely followed by West Virginia’s coal industry and its allies: challenges by coalfield politicians and mining...