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1-31
Massey subsidiary begins defense in coal dust case
1-31
Coal will set the theme for these dancers
1-31
Politicians For Sale - At Low Prices
1-31
4th Circuit Court interpretation shows disregard for valley fill scale
1-31
Ruling doesn't end mining dispute: Core issue, dumping dirt and rock into streams, will come back to court
1-31
Synfuels Credit must go
1-31
Massey Energy starts defense in Sylvester dust court case
1-31
MSHA inquiry may result in charges
1-31
Court Reverses Ban on Dumping Coal Waste
1-31
Court Reverses Mining Ruling : Decision Allows Dumping of Rocks and Dirt in Rivers, Streams
1-31
Coal Operators Look For Brighter Days (And coalfield residents look for relief from Coal's excesses)
1-30
Mine ruling tossed: Hadens valley fills ruling overturned again
Read the decision (pdf format)
1-30
Appeals court overturns valley-fill ruling: Decision lifts ban on issuance of permits to dump coal waste into mountain streams
Read the decision (pdf format)
1-30
Mine waste ruling is reversed
Read the decision (pdf format)
1-30
Court Overturns Ruling on Mine Waste
Read the decision (pdf format)
1-30
Employees questioned at mine office in Beckley
1-30
Grant longwall permit denial upheld
1-30
Mine permit times better, Senate told
1-30
Randolph wind farm opposed
1-30
DEP renews proposal for tougher logging rules
1-29
Progress of housing settlement encouraging
1-29
Group wants to speed up mine permit process
1-29
U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Runoff Rule
1-29
For mining communities, the tradeoffs with coal are badly out of balance
1-29
Black lung aid not getting to miners
1-29
Black-lung change slow to help miners
1-29
Coal to back mining fine proposal
1-29
Another World Is Possible -- and Necessary (report from World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil)
1-28
Officials may add mine inspectors: Administration wants to add 55 new positions
1-28
Mine safety failures
1-28
White House Seeks More Mine Inspectors
1-28
China's Coal Miners Risk Danger for a Better Wage (Coach Nehlen should read this: miners wages in China rarely top $150/month, death rates 117 times higher than in US)
1-28
Forest service allows destruction of public land
1-28
More small-mine inspectors sought
1-27
Doris "Granny D" Haddock speaking in Keene, NH on Jan. 25, 2002 (also celebrating her 93rd birthday!!)
1-27
For Environmentalists, Victories in the Courts : Groups Turn to Judicial System to Fight Efforts By Bush Administration to Relax Protections
1-27
Mine agency must improve
1-27
DEP decisions need state backing (follow link, scroll down)
1-27
Feds didn't check on safety work in Ala. mine
1-26
Low-cost' in energy depends on definition (follow link, scroll down)
1-25
Massey costs town $4 million in property value, jury hears
1-25
Investigative team selected to probe fatal mine blast
1-25
Probe Into Deadly Explosion Will Take Days
1-25
Agency Finds Problems at Ala. Coal Mine
1-25
Byrd wins Senate approval of UMW benefits bailout
1-24
Overweight coal truck bill introduced in WV legislature
1-24
Power Plays On:  Senate Votes on Bill Amendment That Would Allow Study of Power Plant Emissions Without Waiting for Results to Inform Radical Change in Law Senate Votes on Bill Amendment That Would Allow Study of Power Plant Emissions Without Waiting for Results to Inform Radical Change in Law
1-24
Massey should obey laws that protect workers, public (follow link, scroll down)
1-24
Explosion: When accidents happen, it takes real heroes to step in
1-24
W. Va. Town Divided Over Coal Plant Suit
1-24
Legislature doesnt want to arouse anger of special interests
1-24
Mine contractor had past violations
1-24
Mining all about profit and power (follow link, scroll down)
1-23
Drilling company has history of accidents: Investigators still trying to determine cause of fatal blast
1-23
Temporary housing settlement scheduled to close: Flood victims given until June 1 to find a new place to live
1-23
Senate Democrats fail to delay rule affecting power plants
1-23
More than 100,000 Expected at 'Anti-Davos' World Social Forum in Brazil (OVEC's Dianne Bady and Vivian Stockman are attending the forum)
1-23
Coal Truck Bill Introduced
1-23
W.Va. Mine Blast Kills Three, Injures Three Others
1-23
W. Va. Deputies Help Rescue Miners
1-23
EMTs refuse, so deputies make mine rescue
1-23
Cause of mine blast unknown: Worst accident in a decade claims 3 lives
1-23
Report faults MSHA in Alabama blast
1-23
Govt., Company Blamed for Mine Disaster
1-23
Weak oversight of coal
1-22
Three killed, three injured at Marshall County mine
1-22
Delegate Blasts Former Coach  mps mp3 of Caputo's comments
1-22
Mine explosion kills three: Early morning blast injures three others in Marshall County
1-22
Three Dead, Three Injured in Marshall Co. Blast
1-22
Three Killed in West Virginia Mine Blast
1-22
MSHA's oversight of slurry pond criticized: Study says agency's faults didn't cause E. Kentucky spill
1-22
MSHA says its errors didn't cause spill: Martin county coal blamed for pond failure
1-22
Federal mine safety agency concedes warnings ignored at impoundment
1-22
Coal industry likes the look of changes to flooding rules
1-22
Development fund dashes hope for McDowell flood victims
1-22
Opinion: "China mining no comparison" and "Old, sick miners are forgotten"  (follow link, scroll down)
1-22
Pennsylvania Couple Fights Longwall Mine
1-22
Synfuel credits to rise in '04, study finds
1-21
Truck issue returns: Delegate blasts former WVU coach for comments
1-21
Agency changes are still on course: Departure not expected to affect plans
1-21
Maryland officials want wind-generated power: Electricity would come from sites in West Virginia
1-21
Coal trucks weigh on many minds
1-21
Explosion Kills 16 Chinese Coal Miners
1-21
Coach Nehlen has elevated his game
1-20
Energy focus shifts with Congress: Coal remains hot regardless of which party has control
1-20
Nicholas County coal slurry flow stops
1-20
China: Nehlen remark unwise
1-20
Massey arm must stop slurry pump
1-20
Bill will protect health-care coverage for coal miners
1-20
Can all coal be mined safely? West Virginia can't even afford to ask the question
1-20
Coal trucks: Collecting weight fines would pay for road work
1-20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day events  (OVEC will be in the march)
1-20
W.Va. senators must support clear air bill
1-19
Strip mine critics plan national campaign; Environmental groups ready for a tough fight before Congress (The National Mining Association says it has left 2 million acres of "developable" land. In West Virginia and Kentucky, at least, "developable" means decapitated, deforested, dewatered, destroyed landscapes, the vast percentage of which have been left without a post-mining land-use and mined without regard to federal mining laws--at least the ones Bush hasn't gutted yet.)
1-19
Mingo leaders react to mine closure (The Williamson mayor believes MTR will solve his problems! Maybe he doesn't know it has taken $40 million to stabilize one MTR mine site for building a prison. Maybe he doesn't know people and businesses need potable water.  Maybe he thinks flooding is a growth industry. Maybe he doesn't know about Job Jolt.)
1-19
Who will pay to end Workers' Comp deficit? (Let's not forget that big coal companies bilked Workers' Comp out of at least $406 million. Only after the Affiliated Construction Trades dogged the State into pursuing this money did the State get a $50 million "settlement." Now WE have to pay for the rest of the coal companies' debt?)
1-19
OVEC representatives to attend World Social Forum
1-18
Coal slurry leaks into Nicholas County creek; Massey operation shut down after resident sees spill (Quick Massey! Buy some more airtime for those "Nice Neighbor" commercials--keep people watching their TVs while the slurry spews)
1-18
OVEC sends delegation to World Social Forum in Brazil
1-18
Bush Record on Environment Called Dismal
1-18
Acting DEP chief may have conflict
1-18
460 to lose jobs at major miner
1-18
Democrats get new chief; DEPs Callaghan to replace Maroney
1-17
WV DEP Press Release: Callaghan resigns as DEP secretary
1-17
Edwards in budget move to stop EPA rules - sources
1-17
New Source Review Revisions Draw Fire
1-17
No citations issued in power plant deaths
1-16
Coal Truck Bill To Be Introduced
1-16
Bush has made more than 50 policy changes on environment
1-16
Terrorism, Patriotism, and Environmental Law
1-16
Court ruling affects 10,000 retired miners, widows
1-16
Supreme Court upholds UMW health benefits
1-16
Massey lays off 100 mine workers in Ky. (Scroll down)
1-16
Secretary of Energy Announces First Projects to Meet President's Commitment to New Clean Coal Technologies ($1.3 Billion for Bush's Fossil Fool Buddies, and their Myth of "Clean" Coal)
1-15
Coal truck issue revving up again
1-15
U.S. Backs Coal - to - Diesel Fuel Project (Even though diesel engines were designed to run on much cleaner burning vegetable oil.)
1-15
Gob pile to job pile - Greenbrier gets $107 million (As long as there is mountaintop removal, there is no such thing as "clean" coal!)
1-15
Homeland Defense: Green groups work together to counter the Bush attack on the environment
1-15
Store closing a blow to town (Frequently-flooded Kimball is in the so-called "billion-dollar" coalfields. Yet another example of the "prosperity" coal has brought to west Virginia.)
1-15
In California: Firm's Logging Degrades Rivers, Increases Floods, State Study Says; Company Disputes Findings (Sound familiar? Mountaintop removal is deforestation on warp drive.)
1-14
Smallpox in America: Into the Garden of Delights
1-14
Tide may turn for UK Severn Estuary power scheme
1-14
Japan: Renewable energy plan looks to wind, seawater, fuel cells
1-14
Japan: Key carmakers to work together on fuel cells
1-14
EPA's Water Quality Trading Plan Wins Support
1-14
Clean water guidelines create waves
1-14
EPA to Allow Polluters to Buy Clean Water Credits
1-14
New report shows global warming link to Australias worst drought
1-14
3 - Way Deal Creates Canadian Coal Giant
1-14
Ecosystem woes may raise Lyme disease risk
1-14
Ultra-green Seattle sorts through recycling options
1-14
US Govt. to Release Oil Estimates in West
1-14
Activists Bring War Protests to Baghdad
1-14
Iraq and the Economy
1-14
Bay Area Protests War
1-14
Clevelanders Rally in Push for Peace as War Cry Grows
1-14
Mainers Flocking to Rally as Anti-War Mood Builds
1-14
Reign of Terror Redux: From Bush to Bonaparte
1-14
Selling Ecological "Revolution"
1-13
Poll: Majority of Americans oppose unilateral action against Iraq
1-13
Happy Imbeciles At War (Please also read 1-12 entry below "A Crime Not A War")
1-13
Rules on Environment Concern Pentagon (How many lives and how much of our life support system are we willing to sacrifice for "low-cost energy?")
1-13
Hot days set to get even hotter this year; Rising levels of greenhouse gases are pushing up world temperatures which may hit record high, say experts
1-13
ATVs Wreak Havoc in Forest Lands
1-13
Water rises to top of environmental agenda
1-13
Spanish coast seethes at incessant tide of oil
1-13
Down, but Not Out
1-13
Kansas protesters unwelcome
1-13
Blair Says War With Iraq is Now 'Likely'
1-13
Sept. 11 Families Call for Alternatives to Iraq War
1-13
Thousands Rally Against War in Iraq, Push Peace
1-13
Face Recognition Cameras Stir 'Big Brother' Fears
1-13
Toxic emissions close school
1-13
Recycling activists condemn US PC makers
1-13
Media Missing New Evidence About Genoa Violence
1-13
Rising household numbers damage hotspots
1-12
A Crime, Not a War
1-12
Bush admin clears way for more coalbed methane projects
1-12
Green Economic Stimulus Package
1-12
Tri-State residents speak against message of hate
1-12
Court Ruling May Change Wetlands Laws
1-12
Danger to the Wetlands
1-12
Administration Establishes New Wetlands Guidelines; 20 Million Acres Could Lose Protected Status, Groups Say
1-12
U.S. Plan Could Ease Limits on Wetlands Development
1-12
EPA: Let polluters 'trade' cleanup duty
1-12
Pataki to expand clean energy sources; Industry, lawmaker want details on cost of wind, solar power generation
1-12
Activists criticize coal-fired plant
1-12
Taft says Ohio won't OK drilling under lake
1-12
Lawmakers urge feds to keep plug in gas pipe plan
1-12
Victor in battle for House lands panel; Property rights activist beats out more moderate Republicans
1-12
Rural tradition of hunting shows signs of decline
1-12
EPA Studies Say Humans Are Exposed to High Levels of Indoor Air Pollution
1-12
A scheme to dump iron in the sea to help cut global warming could prove catastrophic
1-12
Global Warming: All That Hot Air Must Be Having an Effect
1-12
Lumber plan doesn't invade sovereignty, U.S. says
1-12
'Fat Land': Supersizing America
1-12
Eco-warriors taking over the suburbs
1-12
Tree Sitter Forced Out of Old Oak
1-11
Make or break year for coal trucks? (Read: The "unsureness and unpredictability and instability" of not knowing if coal companies can continue to openly flaunt this law written to protect people and infrastructure from the excesses of the coal industry.) 
1-11
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Secretary of State sued (Could one of the investigated "officials" be the same man who kicked Ken Hechler?)
1-11
Special reclamation tax on coal will probably increase next year
1-11
Lawsuits filed over coal trucks; McDowell residents target state, coal companies
1-11
Agency seeks new ways to punish coal companies; Official says using suspension orders hurts employees 
1-11
Hope for Environment at the Grassroots, Says Report
1-11
DEP considering policy to avoid mine closures
1-11
Wise defends coal truck stance, compromise
1-11
Monster trucks: Inaction unacceptable
1-11
U.S. Plan Could Ease Limits on Wetlands Development (would be a "full-speed-ahead" signal for coal cos. to dump blasted mountains into streams)
1-11
Bush Administration Weakens Wetlands Protections (yet another Bush giveaway of our futures to industry)
1-11
Coal companies receive awards (from the coal industry)
1-11
In Wyoming: Bush admin clears way for more coalbed methane projects (does not bode well for West Virginia)
1-11
In Kentucky: Perry mine foreman given probation for safety violations
1-11
Wise Talks Coal (Wise talks ****)
1-10
Coal plans massive PR campaign  (Folks, take up your pens...)
1-10
Nehlen praises coal; Ex-WVU coach starts as pitchman for coal industry (Come tour the coalfields with coalfield residents, Nehlen, don't just take the industry tour) (Enviro quote mentioned is from OVEC)
1-10
Judge won't back Wise mine-cleanup plan
1-10
Mining study nearly complete, OSM says
1-10
German firm buys water works; West Virginia was last state to OK RWE buyout
1-10
Mine death ruling is imminent
1-10
Contrasting views of '99 mine fatality presented at panel's first trial
1-09
Wise leaves environmental concerns out of speech
1-09
Federal judge's ruling upholds mine bonding system 
1-09
Southern West Virginia mines buck safety trends 
1-09
One generation to save world, report warns; Influential body says last chances must be seized
1-09
Foul plan for waterways 
1-09
Activists urge coal rig crackdown  (See CAG Coal Truck Data)
1-09
Coal truck debate likely to re-emerge 
1-09
Trial in mine death will be the first for new Kentucky safety commission
1-08
Earthwatch Radio: Top Down (They didn't get it quite right--many aspects of mountaintop removal are illegal)
1-08
Overweight coal haulers are target of group's suit
1-08
State of the state
1-08
Easing of water rules in works
1-08
In Kentucky: TRADE WILL ALLOW MINING AT MOUNTAINTOP NEAR LAKE
1-08
Judge permits EPA criticism in stream suit
1-08
Homeland Defense: Green groups work together to counter the Bush attack on the environment
1-08
Companies with good records may get 'flexibility' in DEP bill
1-08
Fire at Penn. Coal Mine Forces Evacuation
1-07
Captain of industry  (Ah yes, so much to to be grateful to Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for--NOT: Union busting, the Great Sludge Disaster, the Lyburn Hollow disaster, dust-covered Sylvester; overweight coal trucks, those really swell television ads and billboards...bet the share holders are really grateful to Blankenship too!)
1-07
Consol hires back 200 workers for reopened coal mine in W.Va. 
1-07
Wise pledges bold actions 
1-07
 Governor keeping lid on specifics (Wise not likely to address regulation of overweight coal trucks in State of State address)
1-07
In West Virginia: Company withdraws wind farm application  In Japan: Windmills to fight global warming
1-07
Wise wont seek water use bill (An administration that turns a blind eye to mountaintop removal hasn't quite grasped the life-sustaining values of ecosystem services)
1-07
Fight Ahead on Emissions; McCain, Lieberman Plan Push for Greenhouse Gas Limits
1-07
Peeks: Coal's future bright despite pollution, market problems (Can we continue to increase our energy demand?  Sure, according to the Dept. Of Energy run by the fossil fool administration.  As long as there is mountaintop removal (not to mention global warming, mercury pollution, untapped energy savings in conservation and energy efficiency, and the rise of the hydrogen economy) there is no such thing as "clean" coal. See global warming articles by clicking red link above.)
1-06
In Pennsylvania: New law advocates longwall mine-damage policies
1-06
G.O.P. Lobbyists in Demand as Business Sees Its Chance
1-05
National Radio Project Encore Edition: Warnings from the Coal Fields  Real Audio
1-05
Coal truck vote likely cost him position, delegate says
1-05
Kizer to run for governor
1-04
Hydrogen: Empowering the People
1-04
Coal firms, officials spar over regulations; Semantics delaying agreement over valley fill rules
1-04
Kentucky: Long-term energy plan for state is delayed
1-04
RWE can buy W.Va. water company
1-03
Efforts reduce mining deaths
1-03
U.S. Mine Deaths Fall to Record Low
1-03
Power line opponents not conceding battle
1-03
The Forgotten Forest Product: Water  (Mountaintop removal is deforestation on warp drive, destroying forests and all their water services, such as slowing runoff and erosion and, hence, reducing flooding) 
1-03
Critics of mining statue dealt blow; Building panel says it cannot order changes (So...the Vice President of the West Virginia Coal Association dictates what goes on the public Capitol Grounds.)
1-03
McGraw OKs water takeover
1-02
Ken Hechler: Graffitis Eer of the Year
1-02
Nearly $6 million spent on 2002 legislative races
1-02
Building Commission says hands tied over coal statue
1-02
Statue May Stay As-Is 
1-02
Critics of statue speak out; Official says commission can't change plans 
1-02
Commission says hands tied over coal statue
1-02
Power line approved; AEP project will stretch across southern W.Va., Va.
1-02
State cut coal mining fatalities in half in 2002
1-02
Synfuels help Marriott hotels increase profits
1-02
Global Warming Found to Displace Species
1-01
9 Northeastern States Challenge Pollution Rule
1-01
New Pollution Standards Prompt Suit
1-01
States Sue EPA Over New Clean Air Rules

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