Coal Tattoo

Wind vs. Coal I

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A pretty smart guy I know in the coal industry took me to task a while back for a story I did about the report showing that the Coal River Wind Project would provide more jobs and tax revenues than the mountaintop removal operations proposed by Massey Energy.

I wanted to pass along his criticisms of the study (well, he was also criticizing my story for not pointing these things out), as well as a response from the author of the study, Evan Hansen of Downstream Strategies.

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Manchin energy bill introduced

Gov. Joe Manchin’s energy bill has been introduced at the West Virginia Legislature.

The Senate version is SB 297.

The House version is  HB 2682.

For more, see Early Thoughts on Manchin’s Energy Plan and Coal as Alternative Fuel?

I’d be interested to see any thoughtful reactions to Manchin’s proposals.

Coal River Mountain — Permit appeal hearing Tuesday

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The battle over  the future of  Coal River Mountain moves from on-site protests to courtroom legal arguments Tuesday.

Folks who are interested in this growing controversy over whether the area’s ridges should be a strip mine or a wind-energy facility might will want to follow what happens at an upcoming hearing before the state Surface Mine Board.

The board has scheduled a hearing for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Charleston on an appeal filed over the state Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of a permit for Massey Energy subsidiary Marfork Coal’s proposed mountaintop removal operation at the Bee Tree Surface Mine site.

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