Coal

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 West Virginia led the charge against the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan yesterday in a day-long hearing at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Coal Layoffs, unemployed
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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined environmental officials Friday morning to award a $1 million grant that will benefit workers affected by layoffs in three coal counties.

Tomblin announced the award Friday at the Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center, in Logan. He says the grant will support stream clean-up efforts in Boone, Logan, and Mingo counties.

Donald Trump is still working to raise money in West Virginia, this week sending his son to a joint national/state finance committee event. State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas what Eric Trump told supporters in Charleston. 

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the United States Economic Development Administration visited Huntington this week to announce millions of dollars in funding for Appalachian communities struggling with the effects of coal’s decline. 

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Members of the United Mineworkers of America have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that covers five northern West Virginia mines.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports 60.3 percent of union members voted in favor of the new contract with the Bituminous Coal Operators of America. The deal runs through 2021.

Coal Stock Pile
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In an unprecedented move, this week the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement issued a Policy Advisory to any states that issue self-bonding permits to coal mining companies.


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This week the federal Environmental Protection Agency came to a 3-million dollar agreement with Consol Energy over contaminated discharges from a site in Pennsylvania. 


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Demolition of a 60-year-old industrial landmark took place this morning in Dilles Bottom, Ohio, across the Ohio River from Moundsville, West Virginia. Thousands gathered to witness a smokestack over 800 feet tall collapse.


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Coal giant Murray Energy says it is not expecting to lay off any of the 4,400 coal miners in six states who recently received notice that they could lose their jobs.

A release from the St. Clairsville, Ohio, company says that despite the warning, "no layoffs are contemplated or expected at this time." 

Floods and Climate Change

Jul 4, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board talks with experts to find out if last month’s massive flooding was caused by climate change.  And a report from Greene County, Pennsylvania – once the number one coal producing county in the nation, now the outlook is changing.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Malcolm Wilson / Humans of Central Appalachia

As coal jobs continue to disappear in Appalachia, some families are holding tight to the idea that coal will come back. Surprisingly, it’s not the pay that they miss about the work but the bond that comes with working in the mines. They often call it a 'brotherhood.'

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America's largest coal-mining company says it's reached a tentative labor agreement with unionized miners.

Murray American Energy announced Friday a 5-year pact struck between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, representing mine operators in Ohio and West Virginia.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Jennings Harrison worked in a coal mine for 36 years, over which time he accumulated back problems, neck problems, carpal tunnel in his wrist and precancerous nodules on his lungs.

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It's election season and we want to know what Appalachians are looking for in a new president. We’ll hear from a former coal miner from Whitesburg, Ky, Gary Bentley. We'll also hear from a veteran who lives in Bristol, Va., Ralph Slaughter.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Slain coal executive Bennett Hatfield will be buried this weekend in southern West Virginia.

His obituary says friends can visit the family at River Ridge Church in Charleston on Saturday evening.

The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at the Regional Church of God at Delbarton.

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West Virginia officials are investigating the death of a coal miner.

State Department of Commerce spokeswoman Leslie Smithson says preliminary information suggests the miner at the Leer Mine in Grafton may have suffered a medical condition. She says a full investigation is under way by the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.

Underground Mine, Miners, Mining
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The U.S. Senate passed national energy reform legislation this week for the first time in nearly a decade.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 includes amendments were offered up by Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore-Capito of West Virginia that aim to help coal be a competitive energy source into the future.  

Peabody Energy
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  Peabody Energy, the nation's largest coal miner, is seeking bankruptcy protection.

The filing comes less than three months after another from Arch Coal, the country's second-largest miner, which followed bankruptcy filings from Alpha Natural Resources.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller
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Former U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller says whether a Republican or Democrat wins the White House won't make a difference in the big picture of West Virginia's hurting coal industry.

The Democrat spoke Friday at the National Energy Conference at West Virginia University's College of Law. The event discussed the industry's issues and options to move the struggling state forward.

Glynis Board / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new report indicates that West Virginia is in an economic recession.

The Register-Herald reports that the Mountain State Business Index has found that West Virginia has seen deterioration in economic activities since the spring of 2015.

The economic recession has been largely a result of the decline in the coal industry. The index found that in March there was a 3.1 percent month-to-month decline in coal production. It also found that there were month-to-month gains registered for natural gas production.

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