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Whitewater Releases Approved for Hawks Nest Dam on New River

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mandated whitewater releases at Hawks Nest Dam along with other changes to improve recreation and aquatic health for West Virginia’s New River.


Debate Over ATV Access to West Virginia Wildlife Areas

A West Virginia hunting association hopes to change current state rules regarding the use of all-terrain vehicles in wildlife management areas.


West Virginians speak out against proposal to log state parks

kids by big tree

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


New River Gorge Bridge Celebrates 40 Years

West Virginia’s historic landmark turned 40 in October.


Chinese Company Signs 20-Year West Virginia Gas Deal

China Energy Investment Corp., Ltd., signed a 20-year, $83.7 billion deal to invest in shale gas and chemical manufacturing in West Virginia, raising questions about long-term implications.


Weeklong Warehouse Fire Raised Air Quality Concerns

A warehouse storing plastics and unknown materials burned for roughly eight days in Parkersburg, W.Va.


Seeking Opportunities in Solar Energy

Solar panels being installed

By Kevin Ridder Solar energy is on the rise across the nation. According to The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing solar energy, “one out of every 50 new jobs added in the United States in 2016 was


West Virginia Governor Shows Allegiance to Coal

Jim Justice

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.


The National Mining Association doesn’t speak for coal communities

The National Mining Association shrugged when a review of research linking mountaintop removal to human health impacts was halted. But the NMA does not speak for coal communities.


West Virginia Acquires Land for Newly Reintroduced Elk

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is working to increase public land for reintroduced elk herds.