Coal Mining News
The nation's recession and increased use of other electricity-generating fuels hit home for 61 coal miners who were laid off at the West Elk Mine in Somerset on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Obama administration's plan to tighten regulation of mountaintop removal coal mines may be at odds with a West Virginia land-use law aimed at creating economic opportunity from reclaimed surface mines.
Environmental group Mountain Justice says six people arrested on trespassing charges during a coal mining protest are still jailed.
In three separate direct actions in the West Virginia coalfields yesterday, nonviolent protestors launched the new phase of Operation Appalachian Spring, a growing national campaign to stop mountaintop removal mining and raise awareness of the catastrophic potential of government regulated blasting near a precarious coal sludge impoundment.