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By Ken Ward Jr. A Massey Energy contract employee who died Wednesday night in a Boone County mine was the seventh West Virginia coal miner to die on the job this year, state and federal officials said.
By Ken Ward Jr. For the second time in a year, a state appeals board has thrown out Department of Environmental Protection approval of a new underground mine proposed by International Coal Group for Taylor County.
By Ken Ward Jr. Bayer CropScience's plant manager apologized to Institute residents Wednesday night, conceding for the first time that company officials botched their communications with local emergency responders after the Aug. 28 fire and explosion that killed one Bayer worker.
By Ken Ward Jr. When it passed the massive Wall Street bailout legislation last week, Congress threw in a $2.8 billion package of tax breaks for the coal industry.
By Ken Ward Jr. ONLINE: Read the GAO report at www.gao.gov/new.items/ d081080.pdf Federal policy-makers have taken few of the steps necessary if greenhouse emissions from coal-fired power plants are to be captured and stored underground, according to a new government report.
By Ken Ward Jr. Federal mine safety officials have extended for three weeks the public comment period on a proposed rule to require drug testing of miners who work in "safety-sensitive" jobs in the nation's coal and non-coal mines. The U.S.
By Ken Ward Jr. CONSOL Energy Inc. will pay more than $400,000 in fines for water pollution violations under a settlement proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The deal cites about 270 violations of permit limits at six CONSOL subsidiaries across the West Virginia.
By Ken Ward Jr. Federal investigators looking into last month's deadly explosion at Bayer CropScience's Institute plant say they are going to closely examine the company's delay in providing detailed information to local emergency responders.
By Ken Ward Jr. Most West Virginians favor solar and wind power and more conservation over coal, oil and nuclear power as a path toward "energy independence," according to new public opinion surveys released Thursday.
By Ken Ward Jr. Visit an archive of mountaintop removal coverage. g ONLINE wvgazette.com Environmental groups are trying to stop another new mountaintop removal permit, this one along the Clay-Nicholas county line.