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West Virginia progresses with old coal site to lure business

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JULIAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are moving forward with the development of a massive surface coal mine they believe can be reshaped into up to 12,000 acres for new businesses and homes. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration announced upcoming steps Thursday at the largely reclaimed Hobet mine. The project stretching through Boone and Lincoln counties is in its ...

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West Virginia, Japanese leaders talk natural gas partnership

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and natural gas industry executives have met with Japanese business leaders to discuss investment opportunities. A Tomblin news release says executives from Energy Corporation of America and MarkWest Energy Partners joined for the meeting Friday in New York City. The release says almost 100 people attended, ...

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West Virginia officials: State law hinders carbon compliance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a 2015 state law prohibits using the least harmful option to meet federal carbon pollution regulations at coal-fired power plants. In Thursday’s study, the Department of Environmental Protection said lawmakers should change the law to permit trading carbon allowances with other states and measuring emissions by mass, instead of by rate. A ...

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With coal and gas down, West Virginia faces budget quandary

West Virginia State Capitol building in Charleston. (Image: O Palsson via Flickr)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Long reliant on taxes from unearthing coal and — more recently — natural gas, West Virginia faces a budget quandary as its natural resource industries struggle and hardline legislative Republicans stand against raising taxes. The line drawn by House Republicans was apparent Thursday, when a budget committee killed Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan to bring ...

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Coal, natural gas to get tax break in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has approved tax breaks for West Virginia’s coal and natural gas industries. The Democrat signed a bill Monday dropping additional severance taxes of 56 cents per ton of coal and 4.7 cents per thousand cubic feet of natural gas. The surtaxes have helped pay a workers’ compensation debt for years. Tomblin proposed ...

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Value of utility property grows in West Virginia

Assessed value of all property owned by public utilities in the state grew by $530 million to $10.04 billion in the past year, as Marcellus Shale counties continued to see major investments while southern coalfield counties suffered severe losses, according to a report Tuesday to the Board of Public Works. “The Marcellus counties are getting richer, and the southern coal ...

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Tomblin will submit plan to comply with Clean Power Plan

ROANOKE, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin intends to submit a state plan for West Virginia to cut greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, bucking calls from state and national Republicans to ignore the environmental regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan requires each state to cut carbon emissions from power plants by ...

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