Energy & Environment

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Hikers now have new grounds to trek with the opening of a trail in Beckley.

WVNS-TV reports the Grey Flat Trails, located behind the Paul Cline Memorial Soccer Field, was recently designed by Gary Moorefield.

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The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the case West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the federal Clean Power Plan. That’s the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s attempt to address climate change by limiting CO2 emissions from power plants.

The challengers include 27 state attorneys general. One in particular, West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey, has positioned himself as the champion of fossil fuel interests fighting government regulation.

Bill Bissett
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The president of the Kentucky Coal Association is stepping down to lead a regional chamber of commerce in West Virginia.

Bill Bissett will resign at the end of October to become president and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. His first day on the job will be Nov. 1.

Little Coal River
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Dozens of volunteers floated down a West Virginia river to remove hundreds of discarded tires over the weekend.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports more than 30 volunteers in kayaks, canoes and flat-bottomed boats retrieved at least 650 tires Saturday afternoon from a 9-mile stretch of the Coal River in Boone County.

Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC

A controversial 300-mile gas pipeline that would cut through Virginia and West Virginia is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Little Blue Run Coal Ash Impoundment
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The U.S. Senate passed a bill today to address water infrastructure challenges. It also incorporates provisions that affect coal ash regulations.


Kara Lofton

In a rare unified effort, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito joined with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins, and Governor Tomblin today to petition president Obama on behalf of flood victims in the state.  

Ohio River Parkersburg
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More than 50 miles of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers have been designated as a water trail to highlight the recreational options available in Wood County.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau says in a news release that the West Virginia Recreational Trails Advisory Board granted the new designation, which will be celebrated Saturday at the annual Parkersburg Paddlefest event.

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Researchers in West Virginia and Kansas want to get a better handle on how best to manage millions of barrels of dangerous wastewater produced across the United States by the natural gas industry.

Ken Kendrick
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West Virginia University says more than $1 million in donations will help West Virginia flood victims through a challenge match from Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick.

Kendrick is a WVU alumnus. He had said after devastating floods in late June that he would match contributions to the WVU Foundation dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.

An Alpha Natural Resources spokesman says the company plans to lay off 117 people when it shuts down a Kentucky coal mine in November.

Spokesman Steve Hawkins tells the Lexington Herald-Leader that the company has issued a required 60-day layoff notice at the Process Energy Mine in Pike County, which is set to be closed on Nov. 7.

Ernest Moniz
Energy.Gov

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is heading to West Virginia for a series of events about the future of energy and coal.

West Virginia University says the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum on Monday morning will feature Moniz and draw input from political, industry, academic and other leaders.

Utility Workers Union of America

Almost a thousand union gas workers are locked out of their jobs today across the northeast. Picketing in protest began this week and it continues today in 150 locations.


Ernest Moniz
Energy.Gov

West Virginia University will host an energy forum that features U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

WVU says the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum on Monday will draw input from political, industry, academic and other leaders.

Harrison County
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Federal officials are adding a Clarksburg site to the list of the most serious spots identified for environmental cleanup. On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the addition of the North 25th Street Glass and Zinc site to the Superfund National Priorities List.

pipeline
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Dominion's natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries have locked out about 915 union employees in six states over what the company says is the union's refusal to have its members vote on a tentative four-year contract.

Dominion says in a news release that the lockout was effective Wednesday for United Gas Workers Union Local 69 members working at Dominion Hope and Dominion Transmission in Ohio, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Ernest Moniz
Energy.Gov

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to visit a West Virginia coal-fired power plant alongside congressional leaders.

Longview Power says Moniz is expected to tour the plant near Morgantown on Monday. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. David McKinley are slated to join.

Coal developers working against the trend of mine closures and bankruptcies say a $90 million investment will enable them to open two new mines in West Virginia and Virginia next year.

The mines would extract metallurgical coal, the type used for steel production. Most metallurgical coal in the U.S. is exported to other countries.

pipeline
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The U.S. Forest Service said it is “highly concerned” about the potential impact a proposed natural gas pipeline could have on a wild brook trout stream in Bath County, Va.

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