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Protesters demonstrate inside Arch Coal headquarters
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Protesters demonstrate inside Arch Coal headquarters

CHARLESTON, WV — “Seven people, including at least one West Virginian, locked themselves to a 500-pound potted tree inside Arch Coal’s headquarters in Creve Coeur, Mo. on Tuesday in a protest against strip mining. A larger group performed songs and dances in the building’s lobby, according to the protesters, who […]

How to oversimplify coalfield politics (and policy)
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How to oversimplify coalfield politics (and policy)

CHARLESTON, WV — “Earlier this week, the National Journal published a piece called The Shift Of King Coal: The coal industry still dominates in Appalachia, and that’s bad news for the Democratic party. Here’s how it started out: When West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller formally announced his decision to quit […]

The Rev. Robin Blakeman: A New Year’s request for the W.Va. Coal Association
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The Rev. Robin Blakeman: A New Year’s request for the W.Va. Coal Association

CHARLESTON, WV — “Dear West Virginia Coal Association representatives and affiliated elected officials: We, undersigned faith community members and leaders, call upon you to stop using misleading and incendiary language concerning a ‘war on coal.’ The damage caused in our communities from this rhetoric includes: neighbor pitted against neighbor, families […]

AMP-Ohio gets extension for power plant decision
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AMP-Ohio gets extension for power plant decision

COLUMBUS — “American Municipal Power-Ohio has been given another 18 months to make a decision on its proposed power plant in Meigs County, WOUB reports. The Ohio Power Siting Board in 2008 approved its plans to build a coal-fired power plant in southeast Ohio. A five-year time limit was placed […]

Coal ash bills could undercut regulations
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Coal ash bills could undercut regulations

WASHINGTON D.C. — “A congressional effort to rein in federal regulation of coal ash could result in  little or no regulation at all, a new report from the Congressional Research  Service warns. The bills, H.R. 2273 and S. 3512, would set up a plan for states to regulate  coal ash […]

Don Blankenship: ‘American competitionist’
Coal / Energy

Don Blankenship: ‘American competitionist’

CHARLESTON, WV — “We’ve had a couple of posts over the last few weeks (see here and here) about the recent activities of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Well, it seems Blankenship has also launched his own website, DonBlankenship.com. The site makes for some interesting reading, proclaiming Blankenship an […]

Obama EPA continues inaction on key rule, despite growing evidence of coal ash problems
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Obama EPA continues inaction on key rule, despite growing evidence of coal ash problems

WASHINGTON D.C. — “Sunday’s Washington Post included the following update from environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin on the important issue of regulating the handling and disposal of toxic coal ash from our nation’s power plants: In Maryland’s Zekiah Swamp, one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most important tributaries, 8.4 million tons of […]

Telling the truth about coal plant closures
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Telling the truth about coal plant closures

CHARLESTON, WV — “The folks at the Columbia Journalism Review had another interesting piece yesterday about how the politics of coal has been covered in the media, this one focusing on our neighboring state of Virginia (they previously looked at Ohio coverage). Looking at the latest CJR piece got me […]

A friend of the mountains remembered
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A friend of the mountains remembered

KAYFORD, WV — “Larry Gibson’s parents never worried about finding him, when, as a boy, he wandered out into the forest. All they had to do was spot the hawk that followed him from the air. That’s how close Gibson was to the West Virginia mountains. He pined for those […]

Coal-fired plants mothballed by gas glut
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Coal-fired plants mothballed by gas glut

NEW YORK, NY — “In its heyday, the giant W.H. Sammis power station was a workhorse, cranking out electricity around the clock. But FirstEnergy Corp. FE -0.82% now plans to idle the coal-fired power plant on the Ohio River and run it only when there is exceptional need for electricity. […]