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Groups settle pollution suit with landowner, file new mining complaint

Citizen groups have reached a settlement that they say will force Pocahontas Land Corp. to take responsibility for continuing water pollution at a former mountaintop removal coal-mining site.

At the same time, environmental organizations said...

Future of coal, climate and communities debated at hearing

A power company president and a United Mine Workers lawyer warned Monday that federal proposals to curb climate change could ruin West Virginia’s coal industry, while an energy expert and a scientist described the Obama administration’s...

2 more Freedom Industries officials plead guilty over Elk River leak

Two more former officials from bankrupt Freedom Industries pleaded guilty Wednesday to pollution charges related to the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in the Kanawha Valley and...

State announces review of studies linking mountaintop removal mining to illness

The Tomblin administration said Tuesday that it would initiate an evaluation of the growing body of studies that have found residents living near mountaintop removal coal-mining operations face increases risks of serious illnesses and premature death....

Alpha presses court for records about WVU mining health research

Alpha Natural Resources is pressing the state Supreme Court to force West Virginia University to provide thousands of documents about the research of a former WVU professor who has published a long list of papers that link mountaintop removal coal...

Labor, environmental groups join forces to oppose coal industry-backed bill

Representatives of working coal miners and from the state’s environmental community turned out Thursday to oppose a legislative initiative from the West Virginia Coal Association, saying the bill wrongly weakens protection...

Governor’s speech leaves out water, touts coal and urges more drilling

The Freedom Industries chemical spill and the resulting water crisis a year ago didn’t make Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State address Wednesday night, but the governor did highlight his continued opposition to federal greenhouse ...

Audit: EPA pressure improved pollution permits

Increased scrutiny by the Obama administration has led to better state Department of Environmental Protection reviews of water pollution permit applications from West Virginia’s coal-mining industry, according to a new state legislative audit...

Lawmakers reject proposal ‘gutting’ water protections

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers on Monday rejected a proposal to eliminate the current policy that aims to protect all rivers and streams statewide as potential drinking water sources.

Members of the Joint Legislative Rule-...

Alpha agrees to curb mine conductivity pollution

Alpha Natural Resources has reached an agreement with citizen groups through which the company will clean up conductivity pollution that is harming aquatic life in streams near two of its strip-mining complexes, according to documents filed in federal ...

Groups plan lawsuit over Hobet pollution

Environmental groups said Thursday that they are planning a major lawsuit over water pollution from Patriot Coal’s huge Hobet 21 mountaintop removal mining complex along the Boone-Lincoln County line in Southern West Virginia.

The Ohio...

Lack of surprise inspections helped lab cover up violations, prosecutor says

A coal industry laboratory in Raleigh County was able to cover up criminal water sampling violations because lab officials knew when Department of Environmental Protection inspectors planned to visit their operation, according to...