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Some of the 1,000 solar panels that are part of a green energy project on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation frame the landscape near Cannon Ball, N.D., where the grand opening for the energy farm that was borne partly out of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in 2016 and 2017 was held. Revenue generated from the 30 kilowatt farm is currently being used to power a community center and gymnasium in Cannon Ball. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

Appalachian Solar Dreams Become Realities As Money Flows In To A Community In Kentucky

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MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — The promise of solar energy for small, rural communities, and particularly those recovering from the decline of the coal industry, is twofold: job creation, and revenue. Money is flowing into solar energy—  the Appalachian Regional Commission just funded a major regional solar financing program, and a massive solar farm may… Read More

A mountaintop removal mine site in southern West Virginia.

New Research: Reclamation of Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells, Mine Sites Could Create Thousands of Jobs

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (OVR) — In Central Appalachia an estimated 538,000 unplugged oil and gas wells and 853,393 acres of abandoned mine lands sit unreclaimed, often polluting the air and water, and presenting public safety threats. But according to two new reports from the regional think tank Ohio River Valley Institute,  these sites that now pose serious… Read More

This map compiled by the Kentucky Geological Survey shows landslide sites in red.

Slip Sliding Away: Landslides Follow Flooding As Major Risk To Appalachian Communities

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LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — Elaine Tanner lives with her life partner, Jimmy Hall, at the head of Mill Creek in Letcher County, Kentucky. Jimmy is a sixth-generation Letcher Countian, and the land is his family land. Together, they like to roll around on their property on their ATV. But lately, Tanner’s spent more time… Read More

Miners assemble on railroad tracks to block a shipment of coal from a Blackjewel mine.

Blackjewel Bankruptcy Leaves Damaged Lands, Miners’ Compensation In Limbo

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (OVR) — The Blackjewel bankruptcy case has been ongoing since the summer of 2019 when Blackjewel, LLC abruptly collapsed, leaving over 2,000 miners in Wyoming, Kentucky and West Virginia without their jobs, their benefits, or their final paychecks. In protest, Kentucky miners spent much of that summer camped on the railroad tracks to… Read More