Federal regulators are considering a proposal for a new surface coal mine in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, despite the fact that in 2016, the federal government declared most of the area in question off-limits to surface mining.
Appalachian communities are exploring ways to attract new businesses, pull families out of poverty and strengthen skilled workforces. A primary focus is to redevelop old, unused coal sites.
Blackjewel and Revelation Energy’s July bankruptcy announcement is the latest in a long string of bankruptcies plaguing the coal industry. But this bankruptcy is different, and the troubles it brings could be a sign of more problems to come.
The Black Lung Association has a storied history of fighting for miners’ rights to occupational healthcare. Today, that fight continues as rates of the disease continue to climb.
After Blackjewel and Revelation Energy declared bankruptcy in July, the companies retroactively withdrew paychecks from their former employees’ bank accounts, triggering a nearly two-month long protest and several court battles.
What is supposed to happen after a coal company finishes mining a site?
Republished from Ohio Valley ReSource: A legal loophole allows coal mines, like those owned by the Justice family, to sit idle for years instead of being reclaimed in a timely manner.
Federal regulators have reopened the permit process for a proposed 422-acre mine in Campbell County, Tenn., which was met with objections from environmental groups.
As Appalachia’s coal industry continues to decline, the scale of the damage it has cas becomes even more apparent.