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

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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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Community advocates celebrate Senate passage of historic bill on reclaiming coal lands

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CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, Legislative Director,, 276-207-9636 Trey Pollard,, 202-904-9187 Largest-ever investment in clean-up means billions in economic activity and thousands of jobs in Appalachia and other coal communities Following the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, advocates from coal communities across the country celebrated the legislation’s historic investments in…

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Community groups challenge Trump Administration’s rule for coal mining violations

CONTACT: Aimee Erickson, Citizens Coal Council, Executive Director, Thomas Young, Sierra Club, Erin Savage, Appalachian Voices, Washington, DC — A coalition of environmental and community groups today brought a challenge to a Trump Administration rule designed to make it harder for communities impacted by coal mining to hold state regulators and mining…

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A way forward for Appalachia

Our legislative director outlines a list of action items for the Biden administration — suspending utility shutoffs during the pandemic, strengthening oversight of the fossil fuel industry, and moving swiftly to support just economic transition in coal-impacted communities.

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