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A coal tipple lies abandoned near an closed mine site outside of Whitesburg, Ky., in June. (Joby Warrick/The Washington Post)
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Outrage over EPA emissions regulations fades as states find fixes

HAZARD, KY — “The story is the same across much of the country as the EPA prepares to roll out what is arguably the biggest and most controversial environmental regulation of the Obama presidency. Under the Clean Power Plan, states will have to find ways to achieve dramatic cuts in […]

Coal production using mountaintop removal mining decreases by 62% since 2008
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Coal production using mountaintop removal mining decreases by 62% since 2008

WASHINGTON, DC — “Coal production from mines with mountaintop removal (MTR) permits has declined since 2008, more than the downward trend in total U.S. coal production. Total U.S. coal production decreased about 15% from 2008 to 2014. Surface production decreased about 21%, and mountaintop removal, one type of surface production, […]

Corps invites parties’ input on mining at Blair Mountain
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Corps invites parties’ input on mining at Blair Mountain

CHARLESTON, WV — “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may include groups such as the Friends of Blair Mountain and the United Mine Workers of America in its efforts to develop an agreement about mining on the historic Blair Mountain Battlefield. …Mari-Lynn Evans, a leader of Friends of Blair Mountain, […]

Protesters demonstrate inside Arch Coal headquarters
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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 […]

Patriot’s move away from mountaintop removal: If they ignore it, maybe it isn’t really happening
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Patriot’s move away from mountaintop removal: If they ignore it, maybe it isn’t really happening

CHARLESTON, WV — “West Virginia’s political leaders continue to say very, very little about the major news latest week that one of the region’s largest coal producers is moving away from — and eventually abandoning altogether — the use of mountaintop removal and all other types of surface coal mining. […]

Activists honor man whose spirit still ‘walks Kayford Mountain’
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Activists honor man whose spirit still ‘walks Kayford Mountain’

CHARLESTON, WV — “Gibson was honored during an Oct. 14 memorial service by the many friends, family and fellow activists who came to know him over the years. Gibson, a resident of Raleigh County, died of a heart attack at the age of 66 on Sept. 9. The Keepers of […]

Public memorial event for Larry Gibson set for October 14 in Charleston WV
Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Public memorial event for Larry Gibson set for October 14 in Charleston WV

CHARLESTON, WV — “Friends and family of Larry Gibson, the ‘Keeper of the Mountains,’ will celebrate his life and legacy on Sunday, October 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium, on the corner of Virginia and Truslow Streets, across from the Charleston Town Center Mall. The public […]

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 […]