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WSJ: Oil, Coal Seen as Winners With Trump Victory

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Beyond Donald Trump’s advocacy for American energy independence, his stance on specific energy policy during his campaign was often blurry. Today, the Wall Street Journal discussed President-elect Trump’s victory at the polls as a victory for the coal and oil industries. Republican Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president promises relief for U.S. coal miners, a boost for American oil players ...

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In governor’s race, Cole misses straight-ticket tie to Trump

West Virginia State capitol building in Charleston. (Image: Noel Benadom via Flickr)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor admits he didn’t help himself by ending straight-ticket voting, which could have let him ride Donald Trump’s coattails into office in a state where the GOP presidential nominee remains popular. As the state Senate’s new president two years ago, following eight decades of Democratic control, Bill Cole made the bill ...

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In Kentucky coal country, Democrats fear Trump

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrats could lose control of their only legislative chamber in the South because of a blustery hero for folks in coal country — Donald Trump. The New York real estate developer’s anger on the campaign trail matches the mood of many in Appalachia, where job losses associated with the declining coal industry have fueled a backlash ...

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West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the Keystone Development No. ...

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Coal groups worried about executive liability in ex-CEO case

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship makes his way across Virginia Street in Charleston, W.V., before entering the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse for his sentencing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Blankenship faces up to one year in prison and maximum fine of $250,000 for a conviction connected to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. Prosecutors also contend he should be held liable for $28 million in restitution to a coal company related to the case.  (F. Brian Ferguson/The Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal industry groups are concerned that the conviction of former coal executive Don Blankenship could expose other industry leaders to criminal conspiracy charges. Coal Associations from Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia shared concerns in a brief Tuesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering Blankenship’s appeal. Blankenship is serving a one-year sentence ...

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Top 5 Marcellus stories of the week June 27 – July 3

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While the economy settles after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, oil prices and the economy aren’t the only things on the minds of readers in the Marcellus shale area. News from the coal industry, still an important facet of Appalachian life, engaged readers this week. Plus…scandal! While news regarding fraud charges against Breitling Energy’s CEO, Chris Faulkner, got everyone’s ...

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Coal terminal plan pits jobs against environmental concerns

A train filled with coal makes its way through the Midwest to the West Coast.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The promise of good, blue-collar jobs in a depressed area is running headlong into environmental sensitivities as officials in Northern California consider a plan to build a marine terminal that would serve as a gateway for Utah-mined coal heading to Asia. The terminal is in West Oakland, a historically black neighborhood that’s among the poorest and ...

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West Virginia lawmakers resume work on long-delayed budget

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With no agreement on specific tax hikes, budget cuts or swipes into reserves, West Virginia lawmakers returned Monday to negotiate a long-delayed budget hampered by the coal industry’s downfall and low natural gas prices. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called the Republican-led Legislature back for the first time in two months to rekindle talks about the ...

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The Latest: Trump voter wants someone to support coal

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the primary election in West Virginia, where voters have a full ballot including presidential contests, a Democratic showdown for governor and a winner-take-all state Supreme Court race (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Chris Wilder has worked for nine years as an electrician doing repair work at coal mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio ...

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Farm therapy, peach trees among ideas for dying coal country

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MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Walking around on a former coal mine in Knott County earlier this week, Gregg Hewins saw something that surprised him: peach trees. “Apparently people had taken lunch up there with them, tossed out a peach pit and it started growing,” he said. “That there is potential.” As coal mines continue to close across Appalachia, the race ...

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