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

Updated Jan. 20, 2022: On Jan. 13, Virginia Energy sent a letter to A&G Coal Corporation suspending the permit for the Straight Fork Surface Mine after the corporation failed to respond to the Dec. 8, 2021 show cause order. The permit suspension gives the Justice company until Feb. 14 to deal with the ongoing violations. Failure to do so will then trigger permit revocation and a determination of bond forfeiture.

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Can’t stop, won’t stop! Fighting to protect you and the environment at Virginia’s General Assembly

Virginia’s 2022 General Assembly gaveled in on January 12 for two months of legislative wrangling in the crowded halls of the state capitol! We expect to play defense on protecting pivotal laws that tackle the climate crisis, while pushing for progress in key areas. Don’t sit this one out — we need all Virginia hands on deck!

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Federal review of mining rule may speed up complaint process

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.

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

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.

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Helping our neighbors in Kentucky

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.

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