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W.Va: After state agency relaxed pollution rules, governor's company promises to stop breaking them

Gov. Jim Justice's Bluestone Coal Corp. will stop violating water pollution rules, according to a settlement.
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State backers of anti-protest bills received campaign funding from oil and gas industry, report finds

Politicians responsible for drafting laws criminalizing pipeline protests in Louisiana, West Virginia, and Minnesota did so after receiving significant funding from the fossil fuel industry, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank based in Washington, D.C.

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This billionaire governor’s coal company might get a big break from his own regulators

West Virginia environmental regulators are proposing fine reductions for water pollution violations from a coal company owned by Gov. Jim Justice, even after the company promised to clean up its mines.
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Toxics

This billionaire governor keeps firing top officials when he has a crisis

Similar to President Donald Trump, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has been particularly aggressive at forcing out top officials, including most recently the state’s top public health officer, faulting others when things go wrong.
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Energy companies spend billions on fruitless projects

Ohio’s high-profile bailout of nuclear plants is just one of several questionable schemes between lawmakers and energy companies.
Climate

Ohio Valley coal companies get tens of millions in paycheck protection loans

Five subsidiaries of Lexington, Kentucky’s bankrupt Blackhawk Mining received loans totalling as much as $14 million.
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Justice coal companies agree to settle $5 million in delinquent mine safety debts

The settlement comes a year after an Ohio Valley ReSource investigation showed the Justice companies had the country's highest delinquent mine safety debt. 
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Climate

WV Gov. Justice still guides billion-dollar business empire, even though he said he wouldn't

Last fall, Gov. Jim Justice called reporters to his office in the West Virginia Capitol for a hastily arranged news conference.
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Climate

Climate video conference highlights common ground, gaps in W.Va. legislature

Two West Virginia lawmakers — a Republican and a Democrat — held a student video conference on a topic that gets scant attention in West Virginia: Climate change.

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Justice coal group top user of loophole allowing mine lands to sit idle

Analysis of federal data shows that the mines belonging to WV Gov. Jim Justice's family make the most use of "idling," delaying reclamation of mine lands.
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Mine safety debt for WV Gov. Justice’s family companies grows to $4M

An Ohio Valley ReSource analysis of federal data shows that the Justice family companies owe $4.3 million in delinquent debt for mine safety violations.
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Climate

Mine safety debt for WV Gov. Justice’s family companies grows to $4M

An Ohio Valley ReSource analysis of federal data shows that the Justice family companies owe $4.3 million in delinquent debt for mine safety violations.
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Climate

DOJ: W.Va. governor's coal company may be unable to pay court-imposed sanctions

A U.S. attorney is seeking to depose employees and representatives of Justice Energy to help locate potential assets to satisfy a $1.2 million civil contempt sanction, but company lawyers suggested Justice Energy might be unable to pay.
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Energy

KY coal mine that belonged to WV governor causes damaging floods again

Gov. Justice's family is locked in a legal battle with Kentucky regulators over unreclaimed mine lands. Residents are left cleaning up yet another flood.
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Kentucky coal helped W.Va. governor prosper. Now a bitter fight over the aftermath.

Companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice were facing fines of nearly $4.5 million for more than 500 environmental and reclamation violations in Kentucky.

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