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States Tackle Environmental and Energy Issues

With state legislative sessions underway across Appalachia, here are some energy and environmental bills to keep an eye on.

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

Gov. Jim Justice

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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Rise of Interscholastic Mountain Biking

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The sport of mountain biking is taking off in schools across Appalachia.

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Barbara Jividen

Barbara Jividen

Construction of the Mountaineer XPress Pipeline near Barbara Jividen’s home came with concerns about safety risks posed by the fracked-gas line.

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Neal Laferriere

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Last September, Mountain Valley Pipeline contractors dropping anti-erosion pellets by air missed the site by a half-mile, pelting Neal Laferriere and his children and irreparably damaging their farm.

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Ashby Berkley

Ashby Berkley is involved in several legal disputes to stop Mountain Valley Pipeline developers from cutting his riverside property in two, but that has not stopped them from felling several trees.

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Thousands of West Virginia Acres to Become Public Land

The Conservation Fund purchased nearly 19,000 acres of West Virginia land in December and plans to transfer it to the state for hunting and habitat protection.

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Rockwool Proposal Draws Criticism and West Virginia Constitutional Challenge

Some residents of Jefferson County, W.Va., are resisting the Danish stone wool insulation manufacturing company’s proposal to build a plant that would emit large amounts of volatile organic compounds.

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Beckley Protects LGBTQ Residents

Beckley, W.Va., officials added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to a list of official protected minorities in the city.

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Volunteers Identify Old-Growth Forest

Doug Wood

Volunteers with the Old-Growth Forest Network scout out stands of old-growth forest throughout the country to protect the unique forest habitats these trees provide.

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