Opinion: Once-in-a-generation Opportunity for West Virginia
West Virginia Delegate Evan Hansen advocates for infrastructure and budget legislation that include significant funding to support transition priorities and economic development in coal communities.
Cleanup of Abandoned Mines Could Get Boost in Infrastructure Bill, Relieving Rivers
Analysis by the Associated Press indicates that $11.3 billion in funding to clean up abandoned mine lands could help rehabilitate and restore thousands of sites that pollute rivers and streams in coal communities.
Looking Back and Pointing Ahead At the Future of Coal Mining in Appalachia
WVPB’s "Inside Appalachia" program explores the economic and health impacts of coal, the industry’s past and future, and tells the story of a woman working in the male-dominated industry.
Opinion: Revitalizing the Southern Tier with the Help of the Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission’s investments coupled with state programs are key to spurring economic development in rural areas of New York, according to Governor Kathy Hochul.
U.S. Treasury Official: Efforts to Retire Coal Plants “Critical”
While noting there are some “risks,” the U.S. Treasury’s climate counselor labels programs designed to accelerate the closure of coal plants as essential to tackling climate concerns, emphasizing new investments to close plants in developing countries.
Opinion: Federal, local efforts seek to help coal communities
The executive director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority in West Virginia discusses the potential of new economic development pathways for coal country in the context of increased federal investments in the region.
Wyoming Unprepared to Grab Federal Coal Community Lifeline, Experts Say
As federal leaders increase funding for coal communities, many of Wyoming’s eligible areas lack the resources and expertise needed to access it.
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces Nearly $50 Million to Support Coal Communities
In the program’s largest funding announcement to date, the agency funded 57 projects in Appalachian coal communities through the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative.
Shouldering Coal’s Costs: Uncertain Future for Programs Addressing Coal Industry Health Impacts
Despite an epidemic of black lung disease and thousands of abandoned mine lands, funding for federal programs that help address these problems is at risk.
New Polling by the Nature Conservancy, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Shows West Virginians Open to Clean Energy Transition
Among other results, the poll found that “90% of statewide respondents and 95% of coal country respondents could identify the benefits of shifting focus from the traditional energy industry in West Virginia towards clean energy production.”