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Justice family mines pose massive threat to Virginia reclamation fund

Satellite photos taken years apart reveal that little reclamation has taken place at several Virginia mines owned by the family of billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

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West Virginia Fossil Fuel Severance Tax Impacts State Budget

Lower-than-expected income from fossil fuel severance taxes is putting the West Virginia state budget in a bind. Some advocate for raising the severance tax rate on natural gas.

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When Coal Companies Go Bankrupt, Who Cleans Up the Mess?

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.

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Idle Lands

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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.

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Justice Coal Companies and Federal Agencies Enter Legal Battles

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family and their companies are involved in new lawsuits with federal mine safety and reclamation authorities.

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Gov. Jim Justice’s Barren Mine Lands and Unpaid Taxes

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made nearly $2 billion off Appalachia’s coalfields, but his family’s mines owe back taxes in multiple states. They have also accrued hundreds of environmental violations, and many idled mines are still unreclaimed.

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Central Appalachia’s newest coal boss facing bankruptcies

Virginia businessman Tom Clarke’s foray into the coal industry initially looked promising for addressing environmental and community problems. Now, however, his business model is looking questionable.

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States Seek Mine-Related Debts from WV Governor

Virginia and Kentucky regulators are seeking to hold West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice accountable for his companies’ failure to meet mine land reclamation deadlines.

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West Virginians speak out against proposal to log state parks

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Guest blogger Chad Cordell of the Kanawha Forest Coalition provides an update on a West Virginia bill that would allow commercial logging of high-value trees in WV state parks, and shares some easy ways to contact decision-makers in support of our parks. #SOSParks

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West Virginia Governor Shows Allegiance to Coal

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is pushing for federal coal subsidies, but his companies have also amassed millions in fines due to worker safety and environmental violations.

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