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22 miners killed in first half of 2014, MSHA proposes to impose amend safety regulations

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During the first half of 2014, 22 miners were killed in accidents across the country, representing an increase in the mid-year fatality count, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced July 28.

WV DEP takes comments on proposed Solid Waste Management Rule revision

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will accept comments this week on a proposed revision to the state’s Solid Waste Management rule, the department announced July 29.

Arch Coal posts bigger 2Q loss

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Arch Coal Inc. (ACI) on July 29 reported a bigger loss in its second quarter, and beat analysts' expectations.

WV shows dim efforts in energy efficiency

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West Virginia is a national leader in coal and energy production, but the state still falls short when comes to energy efficiency efforts, studies show.

Energy companies sending America's unwanted energy to other parts of the world

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This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem.

Group alleges illegalities in surface mine permit

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Keystone Industries’ KD Surface Mine No. 2 near Kanawha State Forest has been causing a ruckus in the community since it was first issued an operating permit in May, and the site has recently garnered controversy once again.

Oil and gas law firm expands in Pittsburgh to support increasing demand in Appalachia

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In response to recent growth in the oil and gas industry in the Appalachian Basin, Burleson LLP, a law firm devoted primarily to the oil and gas industry, has completed its office expansion in Pittsburgh, adding 10,000 square feet, the company announced July 25.

US Mine Safety and Health Administration issues more than 200 violations to 13 mines, 4 in West Virginia

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The United States Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced July 24 that federal inspectors issued 186 citations, 25 orders and one safeguard during special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines, including four West Virginia mines, and two metal and nonmetal mines in June.

Appalachian utilities lack in sustainable energy efforts, study says

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A report released by Ceres and Clean Energy assessed 32 of the largest U.S. investor-owned electricity utility holding companies stack up on renewable energy and energy efficiency — and according to the study, Appalachian companies have some improvements to make.

Kentucky electric cooperative receives loan guarantee

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Nationally, the USDA is investing $263.3 million in eight projects to improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states.

EPA administrator testifies before US Senate committee on Clean Power Plan benefits

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before a U.S. Senate committee July 23 regarding the carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan that was announced June 2.

Boone County, WV coal company awarded for community outreach efforts

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Alpha Natural Resource’s Elk Run Coal Co. in Sylvester was selected to receive the 2014 Excellence in Surfacing Coal Mining Good Neighbor Award, Alpha announced July 23.

Health agency says it's OK to use Dan River in North Carolina after February coal ash spill

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The Department of Health and Human Services recommendation Tuesday comes a week after federal environmental officials said Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River.

Poor metallurgical coal market causes Cumberland River mining complex to close

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Arch Coal announced July 21 that it will be idling its Cumberland River Coal Company Complex in Appalachia, Virginia due to poor metallurgical coal markets, eventually eliminating 213 full-time positions.

Project under construction at Kentucky coal plant will catch carbon dioxide

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The $19.5 million testing facility under construction at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg would capture and separate carbon dioxide from the emission stream after the coal is burned. Kentucky Gov. The facility is expected to be completed later this year and testing will conclude in 2016.

Ohio steel company acquires assets in Severstal, part owner of Mountain State Carbon

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Ohio-based AK Steel has signed a $700 million cash agreement to acquire Severstal North America’s integrated steelmaking assets in Dearborn, Michigan, as well as a cokemaking facility and interests in three joint ventures that process flat-rolled steel products, the company announced July 21.

Bethany College gets in the gas business

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In the Village of Bethany, you will find Bethany College, a post office and Chambers General Store. And on a hot summer morning, you’ll be lucky to see a car on Main Street.

Pa. community college plans process technology curriculum

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It started with a week-long trip to Texas and a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

UVA professor proposes resourceful approach to reducing emissions

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The push to cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants, which are a major source of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, has been rapidly growing stronger over the last several years, and companies throughout the power sector have been scrambling to come up with a solution.

Q&A: Shawn Patterson

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As the popularity of natural gas continues to gain momentum throughout the country, Shawn Patterson, president of operations and project delivery for Columbia Pipeline Group, sees big things to come for the industry in West Virginia.

Tiny insects threaten State’s hemlock tree population

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The hemlock tree is used in West Virginia for many things, but it has been threatened by disease throughout the last decade.

Ohio River shows signs of flexing its mussels

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Matthew Magruder gets pumped about mussels. As manager of visitor services for the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Magruder is obviously concerned about the condition of the stream. Approximately 40 mussel species do their share by providing a living under water filtration system for the river.

High costs keep renewable energy at bay in West Virginia

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As the Environmental Protection Agency continues to roll out proposals to lower emissions from power generation facilities, the energy sector has been encouraged to look toward using renewable sources of energy — a premise that has garnered mixed feelings throughout the Mountain State.

DEP issues violations, halts operations at surface mine near Kanawha State Forest

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection inspectors have issued two violations, including one that has partially halted work operations, to the new Keystone Industries mountaintop removal site near Kanawha State Forest in the last two weeks.

UPDATE: WVCAG tries to pump the brakes on AEP's Mitchell Plant acquisition

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American Electric Power’s latest attempt at acquiring half of the Mitchell Power Plant in Moundsville is causing controversy among industry experts.

WVDEP urging tank owners to question process; register tanks

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said July 17 they are urging tank owners to register with them before the Oct. 1 deadline. With just two and a half months to go before the aboveground storage tank registration deadline, the DEP said tank owners with questions about the process should come forward so they can get their registrations submitted on time.

Denver natural gas company to open transport facility in Parkersburg, WV

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Concord Energy, a Denver-based natural gas and crude oil transportation company, has plans to open a new Utica and Marcellus condensate and natural gas liquid (NGL) truck to rail transload site in Parkersburg, the company announced July 11.

Clarksburg, WV water truck driver dies in Pennsylvania crash

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Authorities say a truck driver who carried water for the oil and gas industry was killed and another driver was injured in a western Pennsylvania crash.

UPDATE: Court sides with EPA in mining permit process, WV lawmakers fight back

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After several-year battle in the court system, the Environmental Protection Agency came out with a victory July 11 when a federal appeals court panel upheld the Obama administration's efforts to block water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining.

DEP: Freedom Industries tank demo in process

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The tank demolition process at the Freedom Industries site, responsible for the leak of MCHM into the Elk River, officially started July 15. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said the project will last two to four weeks – barring no major weather delays.