New life for old coal: Minelands and power plants are hot renewable development spots

BY: - November 28, 2023

PETERSBURG, Ind. — AES Indiana’s Petersburg Generating Station, which towers over the White River in southwest Indiana, has been burning coal to generate electricity since the late 1960s. That era, though, will come to an end soon. Two of the power plant’s four coal-burning units have already retired and the last is planning to shut […]

Miner cutting coal with a large machine at coal seem in deep mine.

Advocates urge more enforcement, oversight for MSHA’s proposed silica dust rule

BY: - August 7, 2023

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is hosting a public comment hearing in Beckley on Thursday on a proposed rule that could strengthen silica exposure standards — one of the leading causes of black lung — for coal miners. The proposed rule would, for the first time, implement a separate exposure limit for silica […]

A sandstone building with "South Central Regional Jail" on the side of it sits in the background behind a parking lot.

West Virginia should invest in people, not prisons

BY: - August 3, 2023

Every year Congress and the president are responsible for creating the federal budget and ensuring our country’s bills are paid. Over the last decade, this long process has become increasingly notorious for annual buzzwords like debt ceilings and shutdowns. Another term, pork barrel — which is when congress members are able to score political points […]

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Attorneys file new agreement to collect safety fines from Justice companies

BY: - July 14, 2023

Following five consecutive months of not paying, attorneys for coal companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice and his family entered a filing in federal court this week once again agreeing to pay up on past-due penalties for mine safety violations. The fines total $4,776,370 and are from mine safety violations cited between 2014 and 2019. […]