Amy Ray returns to Mountain Stage on this week’s encore broadcast, along with her band, New York trio The Lone Bellow, progressive banjo player Alison Brown, slide guitar master and banjo champion Tony Furtado, and Nova Scotia folk group Villages. This episode was recorded at the People's Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio with guest host Larry Groce.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation
This year, nearly $30 million in federal funding will go toward projects that revitalize West Virginia's coalfield communities and repurpose abandoned mine lands across the state.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
West Virginia has hundreds of abandoned mine lands sites many decades old. A report from the Ohio River Institute says that ...Continue Reading Take Me to More News
The funding will help eliminate a backlog of tens of thousands of mines abandoned before 1977.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Coal has been “king” for most of the last century in West Virginia and central Appalachia, but in recent years, global market forces, governmental regulations and alternative energy sources like natural gas have reduced its dominance.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin reintroduced two bills Thursday to commit over $1 billion in federal funding for reclamation projects and economic development in coal communities.Manchin said the bills are critical investments for West Virginia towns that have suffered from the decline of the coal industry.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
West Virginia will receive $43.9 million this year through various Abandoned Mine Land programs. The federal monies are funded in part from a fee on current coal production, and are intended to clean up mining activity and help with economic development projects.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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