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No Bidders for Coal Leases Inside Wayne National Forest

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The federal government says it received no bids during a competitive lease sale for coal underneath about 430 acres of Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States released the results of last week’s offering on Tuesday. Leases involved seven tracts in Perry and Morgan counties that contain an… Read More

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Justice Adds Exclusion to Ban on Outdoor Burning

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has amended his ban on outdoor burning to add an exclusion that would allow certain fires at federal and state recreation areas. A statement by Justice’s office says that the Monday addition was at the request of officials with the state’s Division of Forestry and Division… Read More

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Settlement Reached Over Proposed Ohio Cracker Plant Air Permit

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Environmental groups have reached a settlement agreement with a petrochemical company  in Ohio to beef up air pollution controls at a proposed petrochemical plant along the Ohio River. Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical America and South Korea-based Daelim Industrial Co. have proposed building a multi-billion dollar ethylene cracker plant on a 500-acre tract of land in Belmont County,… Read More

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Federal Biologist: Black Vultures are Invading West Virginia

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BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal biologist says federally protected vultures are invading West Virginia, having migrated from Central and South America about 45 years ago and now settling up the East Coast. Thomas Elliott is a wildlife biologist and district supervisor with the wildlife services program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and… Read More

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Land Trust Purchases 860-Acre Site in West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Land Trust has purchased a site in Tucker County that includes the Moon Rocks hiking and mountain biking area. The Dominion Post reports the trust purchased the 860-acre (348 hectare) site for $800,000 through a fundraising campaign. Officials are calling it the Yellow Creek Preserve after a tributary… Read More

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2 West Virginia Mountain Valley Pipeline Protesters Arrested

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LAWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say two people who locked themselves to equipment at a Mountain Valley Pipeline work site have been arrested. WOAY-TV reports 22-year-old Andrew J. Saltzberg and 21-year-old Cameron B. Angeiopouus were charged with trespassing on Thursday. The station says the two were protesting the pipeline in Lawn, an unincorporated community in Greenbrier… Read More

W.H. Sammis Coal Plant in Stratton, Ohio.

Advocates Say Climate Change, Children’s Health Issues Intertwine

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A new report from the Ohio Environmental Council and Policy Matters Ohio says climate change has significant negative impacts on children’s health, which they say highlights the urgency to reduce carbon emissions. The report lists climate issues that create potentially hazardous conditions for children, such as lower air quality due to increased heatwaves and torrential… Read More