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7-31
Ash spill affects Rome water supply
7-31
Unsatisfactory lawmakers, governors can be replaced
7-31
Ky. imposes $3.25 million in sanctions against coal company for sludge spill 
7-31
Massey Fined for Ky. Sludge Spill;Martin Co. coal agrees to pay $3.25 million and clean up the mess
7-31
State mining agency asking operators to review maps 
7-31
Lawmakers look back on decision
7-31
Surface mine law turns 25 unchanged: Lawsuits call for interpretation, but don't question law
7-31
Mine Chief Meets With Rescued Men
7-30
Massey not singled out in inspections; Company says total violations are disproportionate 
7-30
Miners' ordeal ignites review; Map of old mine may have been fudged deliberately in the 1950s 
7-30
Byrd praises mine academy  
7-30
In Pennsylvania's Heartland, a Dangerous Reality ; Coal Mining and Its Risks Have Defined Area for Years
7-30
Old coal mine maps could be problem here
7-30
Update old mine maps; Pa. incident another reminder of need for accuracy  
7-30
Inaccurate maps focus of mine inquiry 
7-30
Officials to review maps used for mining; Inquiry will mirror study of 2000 Kentucky slurry spill
7-30
Mining miracle shows value of new W.Va. law
7-29
Coal haulers see little difference 
7-29
State mining agency to add new inspectors; Agency will use money generated from higher fines 
7-29
Massey working to restore Magic Island after picnic 
7-29
Against all the odds, miners stick together to survive; Nine passed hours huddling, praying 
7-29
Miners had prepared for death
7-29
After Roll-of-the-Dice Rescue, a Mine Town Rejoices
7-29
In a Flooded Coal Mine, 3 Days of Waiting, Praying
7-29

Spill may have been sabotage, Massey CEO says; DEP inspectors had suspected Massey Energy violation was willful 

7-28
'We've Been Waiting,' They Say After 3 Days Underground
7-28
All nine miners rescued alive and in good condition  
7-28
In 'Miracle,' Miners Found Alive ; Workers Begin Extracting 9 Men In Good Shape
7-28
Report underscores coals importance
7-28
Coal Mine Industry Conditions Better
7-28
Massey CEO critical of media in memo
7-28
Delegates with coal cash more likely to back truck bill
7-28
IRS begins audit of coal synfuel operations 
7-28
Thousands swarm to Massey picnic
7-27
Logan County creek, pond overflow, evacuating some residents
7-27
Suit accuses Massey Energy of ruining water 
7-27
Renting the Boulevard cost Massey Energy $48? 
7-27
Mine town residents worry, wait 
7-27
Abandoned mines a familiar hazard; Pa. event similar to Nicholas County accident in 1968 
7-27
'We are making progress'
7-27
Court rejects petition to open up Massey picnic  
7-27
Goldman wins battle; Massey picnic will be closed to the public, court rules
7-27
Picnic causes stink along Boulevard 
7-27
Mingo residents suing Massey 
7-27
Rescue efforts suffer setback; Miners remain trapped; fate unknown
7-26
Thanks for nothing: Mountaintop prison site a lemon of a gift 
7-26
Judge rejects lawsuit over Massey Energy picnic
7-26
Crash the party? Court will decide; Author and retired priest challenge Masseys right to close picnic to public 
7-26
Push Back 
7-26
Mine rescue suffers setback; Drill bit breaks; rescuers must wait for another 
7-26
Mayor irked over lawsuit to open picnic; Plaintiffs protest exclusion of public from Massey event 
7-26
Those are my brothers down there; God help them; Rescue crews scramble to reach 9 trapped Pennsylvania miners
7-26
Coal mining is still the most dangerous industry in the US
7-26
Rise in Mining Deaths Prompts Political Sparring
7-26
Mining Still Dangerous Despite Gains 
7-26
Massey Energy CEO says rumors of company's move not true
7-25
$170 million U.S. prison on shaky ground; Tower tilting, building sinking despite $40 million spent to prepare E. Ky. Site
7-25
Pittston sells its last coal reserves in state 
7-24
Pittston to sell most state mining assets; Company also plans to sell its Ky. assets 
7-24
Private party set to bring many to city; Massey event close to Regatta in scale, but closed to public 
7-24
Reprisals? Don't punish conscience 
7-24
'Bad corporate neighbor': UMW pledges to continue exposing Massey's record 
7-24
Coal, timber seek to weaken DEP flood report 
7-24
Suit blames coal, timber for floods 
7-24
Mining industry wants bond 'crisis' eased; But higher insurance shows true reclamation cost, environmentalists say 
7-24
Massey wants to rejoin group  
7-24
Massey creates own woes, Roberts says 
7-23
DEP official still wants to implement emergency regulations
7-23
Agency wants to restrict valley fill technique 
7-23
Massey picnic, concert will use one-fifth of city's police force 
7-23
Agency closes Massey mine over willful' spill 
7-23
Does coal truck vote predict a trend? Both sides ponder political future of grassroots effort 
7-23
DEP warned of major flaws in Logan 
7-23
Mine shut down after dirty spill; Masseys dumping of 20,000 gallons of bad water was intentional, DEP says 
7-23
Coverage troubles Massey lawyer 
7-23
Gall: Massey takes the cake 
7-23
Wise praised for not pressuring delegates 
7-23
7-22 State considers ban on dumping method; Agency backs idea to stop end-dump valley fills in W.Va. 
7-22
Massey to replace homes damaged by floods 
7-22
Arch predicts minor impact from ruling; President says little to fear with Haden's decision 
7-22
Arch president says production in decline; Central Appalachia coal is facing many barriers to success 
7-21
Cleanup continues in Logan DEP orders Massey to reclaim valley fill
7-20
Coal promoted as asset in the war on terrorism  
7-20
Victims salvage what they can; Small Logan town ravaged when pond overflows 
7-20
Scary time in the hollow; Mine pond overflows in Logan
7-20
Site has a history of pond violations; No blame assigned until DEP investigates 
7-20
Dont wait to fix coal-truck laws
7-20
Massey CEO says company looking to Ky. 
7-20
Legislature gives up on coal truck bill Windows Media  WV Public Radio
7-20
Caputo savors victory over Wise, coal industry Windows Media WV Public Radio
7-20
Capitol debate (on overweight coal trucks) Windows Medio WV Public Radio
7-20
Dont wait to fix coal-truck laws
7-20
Overweight trucks feed some families while killing others
7-19
Water sweeps through hollow as Massey valley fill fails
7-19
Valley Fill Pond Overflows ("sending water, rock, trees and other debris down Lyburn Hollow" - Yet another fine Massey Energy snafu)
7-19
Two small towns hit by flooding: Dozens of homes
evacuated in Boone, Logan
7-19
Officials blame politics for coal truck bill's demise
7-19
Its the first inning ... Truck bill not dead, Wise says
7-19
Crackdown: Stop the truck harm 
7-19
Coal truck discussion ends with no finality
7-19
Southern operators must show proof 
7-19
For man, coal spill meant good-bye
7-19
I live below Addington's 2,000-acre, mountaintop-removal mine...
7-18
House Vote On Coal Truck Weight Amendment
July 17, 2002 - List of how each delegate voted
7-18
Coal supporters applaud Senate decision (to ignore the will of the people by adjourning rather "than give Caputo's bill a chance of passing")
7-18
Truck bill goes nowhere: Lawmakers leave without passing Wise proposal
7-18
A look at energy policy through a coal hauler  WIndows Media -- WV Public Radio  WV Public Radio
7-18
Coal and The Economist  Real Audio - Living on Earth Living on Earth radio show reports on "Environmental Enemy #1"
7-18
Coal truck bill down, not out; House deals Wise, leadership a blow by voting to keep stiffer penalties, low weight limits
7-18
Wise truck bill short on road money 
7-18
Heavier trucks unlikely to cause rate hikes; Lawmakers told insurance rates already higher in Southern W. Va. due to trucks
7-18
Monster trucks; Bill needs more safeguards  
7-18
House defies Wise on trucks;Delegates vote 48-47 to retain limit of 80,000 pounds for coal haulers 
7-17
Wise still pushing coal truck bill: Leaders say governors bill may not have votes
7-17
Kanawha senators weigh in on coal truck bill: Lawmakers see different problems with proposal
7-17
House puts brakes on coal truck issue; Higher weight bill isnt dead, but we threw some dirt on it
7-17
Massey turning Magic Island into tent city; Coal-mining giant planning picnic for more than 10,000 of its workers
7-17
Governor lobbies to rescue coal bill; Cabell County delegates unlikely to back increase in weight limits 
7-16
Truck bill hits snag in House: Lawmakers express concerns about provisions in proposal
7-16
House is lobbied firmly for truck bill; Administration seeks to educate, expects close vote
7-16
Coal road guidelines absent from truck bill
7-16
All-out blitz to raise coal limit begins; Wise aides admit they dont have enough House votes for passage 
7-16
Experts question flooding analysis
7-16
Massey buyout cost millions, jury told
7-16
Book Tells of Forgotten Black Miners
7-15
Wise adds heavy penalties to truck bill; The price for higher weight limits: violators get put out of business 
7-15
Citizens Rally Against Weight Increase
7-15
Coal truck limits, fines debated 
7-15
Overweight Truck Bill Will Skip Committee
7-15
Special session begins with coal truck debate (includes link to video coverage)
7-15
Tomblin says Coal Trucks to Dominate Session
7-15
Lawmakers reconvene in Charleston today
7-15
In McDowell County Alone: Dual flood damages top $95.9 million
7-14
Truck bill unjustified by the facts
7-14
Legislators should take care with coal truck issue
7-14
Ruling could jeopardize Panda plant
7-13
Lawmakers prepare to address controversial issues  Windows Media -  WV Pubnlic Radio  WV Public Radio
7-13
Agency extends public comment period on mine bonding system
7-13
Wise sticking with coal truck stance; Governor plans to introduce his bill on Sunday when Legislature resumes work 
7-13
Weight increase opponents rally; 15,000 signatures delivered Friday
7-13

Concerns raised on weight limits; Lawmakers get first look Sunday at bill proposed by the governor
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7-13
Dirty power: Cleaning up coal (But...as long as there is MTR, coal can never be "clean")
7-12
Truck bill tops agenda; Kiss wants quick resolution to issue during session
7-12
Opponents of weight increase gather for press conference
7-12
Power proposal: New plant could fuel McDowell economy
7-12
Tougher mining-pollution fines urged; Senator says company didn't pay enough for Martin coal-slurry spill
7-12
Bush's mine safety record 'dismal,' senator says
7-12
Appellate court sets schedule for mining case
7-12
New York Times: Industry Supports Truck Weight Limit 
7-12
Industry backs truck bill; Coal, trucking spokesmen predict disaster if bill fails 
7-12
'Clear skies:' Bush plan blows smoke
7-12
Vote out supporters of industry's exploitation of W.Va. 
7-11
Study says state's air is worse than average; Doctor says EPA report doesn't list enough chemicals 
7-11
Airborne Toxic Pollutants In W.Va. 
7-11
Chemical sources of airborne pollution in W.Va.
7-11
Truck weight issue divisive; Kanawha delegation appears split over issue
7-11
State lawmakers flooded with anti-increase e-mails
7-11
Monster trucks: People must have say
7-11
Ken Hechler: Raising weight limits will cost taxpayers
7-10
Environmental enemy No. 1
7-10
Coal road residents to discuss options; Meeting scheduled to consider effects of heavier trucks 
7-10
Report says state has itself to blame for overweight trucks; Panel recommends coal truck weight limit be raised 
7-10
Flood recovery gets a boost; Agency officials get
permission to shuffle funds
7-10
Few turn out for hearing on flooding; Regulatory changes recommended for industry, report says 
7-10
Coal truck vote carries lot of weight; Approval of higher hauling limits will extend to other industries, lawmakers told 
7-10
Emergency flood housing to stay
7-9 
Hechler takes truck weights to the public
7-9 
Massey actions 'destroyed' coal operation, suit alleges 
7-8
A year later, flood victims still live with haunting memories: Rushing waters leave mark
on coalfield towns
7-8
Jeffrey Jarrett: Regulatory certainty OSMs objective
7-8
Tracking of truckers insufficient, report says
7-7
Bush plan weakens pollution limits; Existing clean air laws tougher than what he proposes
7-7
Ken Hechler: Stand up against weight hike 
7-7
Don't just sit there; save our environment
7-6
60-ton coal rigs certain to cause death, damage
7-5
Radio station plans picnic for heavier trucks 
7-5
Protesters upset at being kept away from president
7-5
DEP Secretary Michael Callaghan: DEP has not violated any subpoena or state law 
7-5
Task farce will offer no political cover on truck weights
7-4
Citizens groups plan protest during Bush visit
7-4
Fouling Our Own Nest
7-4
Water-pollution study team adds more conservationists: Committee studies potentially harmful nutrients in streams
7-3
Bush July 4th visit to Ripley, W. Va. sparks protests
7-3
Wise supports coal truck weight increase, he says 
7-3
Court upholds DEP water pollution limits 
7-2
Company contests coal dust ruling; Firm argues state exceeded its authority 
7-2
Wise ready to support increased truck weights 
7-2
Spotters may be targeted in measure; Coal companies hire people to find law enforcement 
7-2
Truck weight limits force special term
7-2
Streaker hits DEP workshop
7-2
Court rejects DEP document case 
7-2
Agencies to list items that could become flood aid
7-1
Byrd restores mine cleanup funding; Senator also finds funds for lab doing clean coal research
7-1
Flooded residents get land buyout money; Grants help move McDowell residents away from flooding 

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