Energy & Environment

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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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West Virginia officials say a coal miner has died from injuries during an accident last week.

The state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says Donald Workman died Thursday evening of injuries sustained in a July 29 accident at Road Fork #51 Spartan Mine in Pineville.

Stephen G. Perdue

After the death of its executive director, West Virginia's top oil and natural gas lobby group is tapping an interim replacement.

The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association announced Friday that Stephen G. Perdue will serve as the group's interim director. Perdue replaces Corky DeMarco, who died of an apparent heart attack at 68 years old last month.

Brooke County officials say debris in a creek is blocking the flow of water, causing it to back up and flow into the streets of Follansbee.

Brooke County Commissioner Jim Andreozzi says the creek that flooded on Saturday sent water onto the streets and contained debris that shouldn't have been there.

Natural Gas, Compressor Station
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This week West Virginia’s Attorney General launched his latest lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Patrick Morrisey is leading a dozen other states in a suit that hopes to dismantle a rule aiming to reduce methane emissions produced by the oil and gas industry.

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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.

Saints Cleanup Greenbrier County
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  The New Orleans Saints have spent much of their first full day in West Virginia helping the community where they're opening training camp recover from disastrous flooding.

Much of the Saints' efforts were focused on a park where there are playing fields, public tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.

EarthEcho President Philippe Cousteau discusses the health of a trout fishing stream in Grant County W.Va. with Jenny Newland, Canaan Valley Institute executive director, for a documentary about the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
EarthEcho International / State of WV

Researchers with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found a surprising explanation for the improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: cleaner air.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  People in West Virginia are still recovering from floods that tore through communities like vengeful gods. When you look at the pictures and videos of the June flood – thick, brown, furious, unrelenting – it’s not hard to imagine how our ancestors believed supernatural beings were behind the devastation. Today, of course, we have better insight into the natural forces at work, and science shows us that the damage from nature’s wrath has a lot to do with human behavior.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says residents can visit a website that's been set up to keep everyone informed about flood recovery and volunteer efforts.

Tomblin said in a news release that users can find recovery resources and link people who want to help with the most urgent needs.

Four Pole Creek Flood
City of Huntington Facebook

Storms rolled through Huntington late Thursday afternoon causing Four Pole Creek to quickly rise, flooding parts of the city.

The flash flooding caused one death on Green Valley Road when a car with three people tried to drive through high waters.  One woman, Sherry Wysong, couldn’t be saved before the car was carried off the road.

West Virginia emergency officials say state and Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers are changing their hours starting Sunday.

The centers will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, but starting next week, new operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the centers will be closed on Sundays, including this Sunday.

Muddy cars sit in front a flooded-out home on Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Clendenin, in northern Kanawha County, W.Va.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia residents considering the purchase of a used vehicle should use extra caution in light of last month's flooding.

That's the advice of state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who says buyers should watch out for offers that seem too good to be true.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As of July 13th, the American Red Cross says it has provided more than 2,300 overnight stays, delivered over 194,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 132,000 bulk items—such as bleach, water and clean-up kits.

The Red Cross says this weekend members of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation—a world-wide volunteer-based humanitarian organization—will be distributing debit cards to those pre-approved families which suffered damages from flooding. Applicants must bring a photo ID and proof of residence. All assistance is in addition to that offered by FEMA and/or the Red Cross.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick and some of her staff are trying to help flood victims and absorbing some of the expense they might face.

McCormick said in a news release that as a result of the June 23 flooding, people aren't being charged for copies of deeds for affected properties. As of this week, 29 people have received copies of deeds at no expense.

Clendenin Public Library
WV Library Commission

Not only were homes and businesses impacted by flood waters last month, but public libraries suffered as well.

Five feet of flood water destroyed the Rainelle Public library’s entire print and digital collections. According to a press release from the West Virginia Library Commission, the Clendenin Public Library was declared a catastrophe. Flood waters forced out windows and left 8 inches of mud throughout the building. All books were destroyed, and the structural integrity of the facility is in doubt.

Coal Stock Pile

One of the largest coal operators in the region, Alpha Natural Resources, is striking deals so that the terms of its bankruptcy can be finalized in court. One deal protects hundreds of workers; another sets aside millions for environmental cleanup.

boating, fishing
Gentry George / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

West Virginia residents can now buy five-day fishing licenses.

Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala says the new license is intended to allow fishing opportunities for residents who may be on vacation, are fishing for the first time or are returning to the sport.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The trial for a class-action lawsuit over a West Virginia chemical spill that polluted 300,000 people's drinking water has been rescheduled for October.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver in Charleston announced the Oct. 25 trial date Thursday.

Coal Stock Pile

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."