Clarification: April 19, 2014
An editorial in Friday’s Gazette should have described the Environmental Protection Agency as proposing a rule to set caps on carbon emissions that utilities could meet in a number of ways, one of which could be carbon capture and sequestration. On that subject, the editorial should have acknowledged the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has concluded that capturing and storing carbon dioxide underground is increasingly feasible.
Finally, the editorial should have distinguished between Murray Energy Corp.’s mines in Northern West Virginia and conditions in Southern West Virginia. In the northern part of the state, mines are able to produce coal suitable for power plants equipped with scrubbers. That region anticipates a small increase in production. It is the southern part of the state where depletion of rich seams and competition from cheaper gas and Western coal contribute to the projected decline in coal production and employment.