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Federal review of mining rule may speed up complaint process

Monday, January 17th, 2022 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

An upcoming federal review of a mining rule could help speed up the process for coalfield residents who file federal complaints about state mining agencies. [ Read More ]

The ups and downs of the 2021 N.C. legislative session

Friday, December 17th, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

A long and contentious North Carolina legislative session was marked by a loss against HB 951, a win against HB 220, and an AV team more ready than ever to continue fighting for equity in our energy policies. [ Read More ]

Helping our neighbors in Kentucky

Friday, December 17th, 2021 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

In the wake of the tragic tornados that devastated communities in western Kentucky last week, our friends at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are curating a growing list of ways to help. [ Read More ]

Wins and losses come as the fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline continues

Thursday, December 16th, 2021 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | No Comments

On Dec. 3 — after more than eight hours of public, industry and agency comments spread over two days — six of the seven members of the state Air Pollution Control Board voted to deny the air permit for the Lambert Compressor Station. [ Read More ]

Coalition formed to protect Virginia from metals mining

Thursday, December 16th, 2021 | Posted by Dan Radmacher | No Comments

At a virtual press conference on Dec. 13, the launch of the “Press Pause Coalition” was announced. The statewide coalition wants a moratorium on state agencies permitting gold, copper, zinc and lead mining. [ Read More ]

Online tool helps track status of mine ownership in aftermath of Blackjewel bankruptcy

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

The fate of thousands of acres of mines requiring tens of millions of dollars of reclamation was thrown into doubt when Blackjewel, Revelation Energy and affiliated mining operations filed for bankruptcy in July 2019. [ Read More ]

Gov. Jim Justice’s Straight Fork Surface Mine again facing possible permit revocation

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

On Dec. 6, regulators in Virginia affirmed fines of $22,500 levied against A&G Coal Corporation for violations on the Straight Fork Surface Mine in Wise County. Virginia Energy has also confirmed that they will now issue a show cause order against the company, which is the last step in enforcement prior to the agency’s revocation of a mining permit and forfeiture of that permit’s bond. [ Read More ]

Building community awareness to solve acid mine drainage: A conversation with DJ Coker

Thursday, December 9th, 2021 | Posted by Contributing Writers | No Comments

DJ Coker of Duff, Tennessee found acid mine drainage at a nearby pond that used to be part of a coal mining operation. Now, he’s made it his mission to get the site cleaned up and demand accountability from those responsible. Watch DJ's story. [ Read More ]

Black Lung Association asks Sen. Capito to support 10-year extension of black lung excise tax

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Members of the Black Lung Association are asking U.S. Sen. Shelly Moore Capito to support a 10-year extension of the Black Lung Excise Tax to shore up funding for black lung benefits. [ Read More ]

Chatham residents and others to speak against Lambert Compressor Station at air board hearing

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 | Posted by Dan Radmacher | No Comments

On Friday, Virginia's Air Pollution Control Board will rule on Mountain Valley Pipeline's hotly contested plan to place a polluting compressor station in a majority Black district already burdened with air pollution from two other compressors. [ Read More ]

Cleaning up mines owned by Gov. Justice and his family would create hundreds of jobs

Thursday, November 18th, 2021 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

There is enough outstanding reclamation liability on coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and/or his adult children to employ 220 to 460 workers for five years, according to our report. Nearly 34,000 acres of Justice-family mines across five states are in need of some degree of environmental cleanup. [ Read More ]

NC’s bad ratepayer bill passed into law

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Despite immense pressure from advocates and ratepayers, NC Gov. Roy Cooper signed HB 951, Duke Energy’s handwritten legislation that will drastically raise rates on families and small businesses, into law. [ Read More ]



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