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U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration David Zatezalo

Safer Direction? Top Mine Regulator Addresses Concerns About Dust And Deaths In Coal

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As President Trump attempts to revive the struggling coal industry, the administration’s top regulator for mine safety used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo outlined the Trump administration’s priorities for… Read More

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Orphan Wells: States Wrestle With Soaring Costs For Oil & Gas Industry Mess

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William Suan is no stranger to the problems abandoned oil and gas wells can cause. “It’s just an eyesore,” he said, standing inside a barn on his cattle ranch near Lost Creek, West Virginia. “I had to fence one off because it’s leaking now.” There are five inactive wells on his land, most installed in… Read More

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Toxic “Teflon” Chemicals On EPA Regulatory Agenda

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Environmental Protection Agency officials told a Congressional panel Thursday that the agency will announce by the end of the year whether it will take the next step to regulate a group of toxic fluorinated chemicals found in some water systems in the Ohio Valley. The PFAS group of chemicals, which include PFOA or C-8, were widely… Read More

President Trump touted coal’s “comeback” at a WV rally.

Trump Power: Industry Analysts Say New Rule Will Not Fuel Coal Comeback

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When President Trump wants to talk coal, he comes to West Virginia. So it was not surprising that the president visited Charleston just hours after his administration unveiled a long-awaited overhaul of the Obama administration’s signature climate change regulation, the Clean Power Plan. “We’re cancelling Obama’s illegal, anti-coal-destroying regulations. The so-called Clean Power Plan,” Trump… Read More

Study Shows Area The Size of Delaware Affected By Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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An area roughly the size of Delaware has been mined for coal in Appalachia using mountaintop removal, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers from Duke University and nonprofit organizations SkyTruth and Appalachian Voices developed an open-source mapping tool drawing on satellite imagery. The new data show the amount of… Read More

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie makes a surprise appearance and introduces Donald Trump to a large crowd in Columbus, Ohio for a Donald Trump rally on March 1, 2016. "America needs strength in the oval office again...," said Governor Christie.

Trade Troubles: Escalating Trade Threats Could Hit Ohio Valley Coal, Natural Gas

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President Donald Trump’s desire to help boost the Ohio Valley’s energy industry and bring back mining jobs could be stymied by the administration’s escalating trade battle with China and other trading partners across the globe. The Trump administration announced in June $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, which are set to go into effect on Friday…. Read More

Previously Blocked Federal Study Raises Alarm About Chemicals Like C8

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The Trump administration today released a politically charged study on the health impacts of perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS chemicals, including the compound known as C8, which has been detected in some water systems in the Ohio Valley. The draft report, released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry(ATSDR), finds these fluorinated chemicals, which are used in… Read More

The coal power station on the border between WV and PA

Coal Ash Uncovered: Largest Ash Dump A “Cautionary Tale” As Trump Changes Regulations

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Curt and Debbie Havens’ ranch style home is the gathering place for their family. Their two boys grew up playing in the streets in this quiet neighborhood in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. Now, their grandchildren do the same. “They played ball, all kinds of games,” Debbie recalled during a recent interview. Family photos and knick-knacks… Read More

Trump’s Power Bailout Explained

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President Trump has told the Department of Energy to stop the pending closure of some economically struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants. As Brittany Patterson reports, energy analysts say that would raise bills for consumers and would likely come too late to help facilities in the Ohio Valley.  The Ohio Valley ReSource is made possible… Read More

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Clipped Wings: Trump Weakens Law That Protected Birds For A Century

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On a recent chilly Tuesday morning, about 20 people filed along a winding dirt path leading deeper into West Virginia University’s Arboretum in Morgantown. Armed with binoculars, smartphones and hiking boots, the group had one goal — spot and identify the chittering birds hidden in the trees above. LeJay Graffious with the Mountaineer Audubon chapter… Read More

FirstEnergy Emergency Request Could Be A Last Chance To Help Coal Power

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Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy Solutions made waves last month when it asked the Department of Energy to grant it an emergency order to help keep coal and nuclear plants operating across the Ohio Valley. The request even hit the president’s radar. Speaking earlier this month at a roundtable event in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Donald… Read More

Study Evaluating Health Risks of Mountaintop Removal Halted

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A federal study that was examining the health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining — halted last fall by the Trump Administration — is officially over. The National Academies of Science disbanded the 11-person committee of scientists and experts assembled to work on the study. The committee was about five months into its research when… Read More