Coal

Erica Peterson, WFPL News

Over the past year, President-elect Donald Trump has had a lot to say about energy.

As he campaigned around the country promising to “make America great again,” he also told people in Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio that he would make coal great again, too. A Trump presidency, he promised, would oversee a resurgence of coal mining and burning.

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As Ohio Valley ReSource's Jeff Young reports, support for the ailing coal industry motivated voters in key races across the Ohio Valley region.

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With their only face-to-face debate and Election Day looming, Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates were at the same event Thursday night for the first time in two months. 

Ex-Coal CEO Argues He's Wrongly Imprisoned

Oct 26, 2016
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was wrongly convicted and sent to prison because jury instructions made it too easy to conclude that he willfully violated safety rules at a West Virginia coal mine, his attorneys argued Wednesday.

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Two of the Republican Party's top leaders have hesitated to support a bill that would preserve the pensions and health care benefits for thousands of retired union coal miners. 

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

The Democratic candidate for governor in West Virginia has never held public office. Jim Justice is instead running on his record as a businessman. He runs coal mines, farms, and a luxury resort, and according to Forbes, he’s also the wealthiest person in the state, worth $1.56 billion.


West Virginia, Kentucky Activists Lobby for RECLAIM Act in DC

Sep 29, 2016
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Activists from West Virginia and Kentucky are in the nation’s capitol this week, lobbying in support of the RECLAIM Act.

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Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates disagree over a bill that would rescue the pensions and health benefits of thousands of retired union coal miners.

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A multi-state coal company is shutting down their last active mine in Kentucky. 

Becca Schimmel, OVR

Thousands of retired coal miners will rally in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to urge Congress to shore up a fund that supports their pensions and benefits. Area lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were at the National Press Club in Washington to speak in support of the Miner’s Protection Act.

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