Latest Coal River Stories

2011-06-21 18:18:00

BEREA, Ky., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study conducted by Dr. Melissa Ahern at Washington State University, Dr. Michael Hendryx and others at WV University finds significantly higher rates of birth defects in mountaintop removal coal mining (MTM) areas. "The Association between Mountaintop Mining and Birth Defects among Live Births in Central Appalachia, 1996-2003" is now available online in Environmental Research. "Places where mining has disturbed the environment are...

2009-06-16 16:29:00

CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today announced that its Marfork Coal Company subsidiary of Raleigh County West Virginia is the winner of the Company's prestigious Green Miner Award for 2008. The Green Miner award annually recognizes the operating subsidiary that best exemplifies Massey's commitment to environmental excellence and will be presented at the Green Miner Award Banquet on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. (Logo:...

2008-09-17 18:00:14

By Kenny Kemp Matthew Phillips (left), 4, and his brother Josue, 7, grab a snack during a protest by environmental groups against a Massey Energy plan for a mountaintop removal mine on Coal River Mountain. The groups want a wind farm on the mountain instead. Originally published by Gazette photo. (c) 2008 Charleston Gazette, The. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-28 21:00:20

By MATTHEW THOMPSON Bill Currey doesn't like it when people describe the Coal River as dirty, polluted and disgusting. "That's what a lot of people think, but its not true," Currey said. "Many people don't believe me, but the area is gorgeous. It's one of the biggest assets we have in West Virginia." Currey is the president of the nonprofit Coal River Group. The organization works to clean up the river and develop tourism and recreation opportunities. For the past four years the group...

2008-07-15 00:00:19

By Ken Ward Jr. Staff writer Hobet Mining Inc. will pay a nearly $1.5 million fine to resolve a lawsuit by state regulators over repeated selenium water-quality violations from its sprawling mountaintop removal operations along the Lincoln-Boone county line. Hobet also will give the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection $500,000 worth of rocks, perform two studies of selenium impacts, and get credit for $1.5 million in supplemental environmental protections, for installing...

2008-07-09 00:00:16

By Linda Sodaro With gas prices increasing almost daily, I decided to follow the vacation-close-to-home directive issued in the Sunday Gazette-Mail and took an enlightening day trip. Less than an hour from Charleston, with a leisurely itinerary, I'll share with you my mountaintop removal tour. 10:30 a.m.: depart Kanawha City with Jack Spadaro, tour guide. Jack is a mining engineer with 42 years of experience. He was fired by the Bush administration in 2004 for refusing to doctor a...

2008-06-23 00:00:19

Tour de Coal float trip set for 9 a.m. today More than 250 paddlers are expected to take an 11-mile float down the Coal River on Saturday during the fourth annual running of the Tour de Coal, an event designed to focus attention on the recreational possibilities of the Big Coal, Little Coal and Coal River system. The tour starts at 9 a.m. at Meadowood Park near Tornado and ends at the Gateway Shopping Center in St. Albans. "We are seeing many new people every year" taking part in the...

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