State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Environment


Jim Justice: Paid $900,000 fine for poor pollution controls at mines

A coal company owned by West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has agreed to pay a $900,000 fine for environmental violations and improve pollution controls at mines in Kentucky and other Appalachian states at an estimated cost of $5 million. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Friday with Southern Coal Corporation and 26 affiliated mining companies. Kentucky and many other states enforce federal clean water and mining rules, with federal oversight.

The Justice companies with pollution-discharge permits in Kentucky listed in the complaint are A&G Coal; Four Star Resources; Infinity Energy; Kentucky Fuel Corporation; Sequoia Energy; and Virginia Fuel. The settlement is separate from one Justice reached with Kentucky in 2014 to clean up environmental problems. In that case, Justice admitted hundreds of violations at his company's mines in 8 counties. Justice owed $4.49 million in fines for the violations, but the state settled for $1.5 million.

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader on 2016 West Virginia Governor race Sep 30, 2016

Jim Justice: EPA regulations have been difficult, overreaching, and wrong

The climate regulations imposed on the state have been difficult, overreaching and wrong, Justice said. More can be done with clean coal technologies to make them more economically viable and keep coal as a vital fuel source, he said.
Source: Parkersburg News-Sentinel: 2016 West Virginia governor race Oct 9, 2015

Pat McGeehan: No state funding for open space preservation

Q: Do you support increased regulations on mountaintop removal mining and disposal?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for improvements to West Virginia's energy infrastructure?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?

A: No.

Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

A: No.

Source: West Virginia Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

John Raese: Abolish the EPA & the Department of Energy

Raese aggressively criticized the Obama administration on coal regulations, and environmental policy. He also wants to cut some federal programs that currently regulate the environment. "The Obama administration has been regulating coal out of existence. Try to get a permit today, if you can," Raese said. "He doesn't want to burn fossil fuels, he's making coal priced so high that it's not competitive anymore," he said, "I'd like to abolish the Department of Energy, and I would also like to abolish the EPA. I think they are both redundant."

Manchin says all energy resources in the country should be developed, to stop dependence on foreign oil. He says regulatory practices from the Environmental Protection Agency are unfairly hurting Appalachian coal mining. But he says a balance must be drawn to protect both industry and environmental interests. "There's a balance to be had, the economy and the environment has to work together," Manchin said.

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Natalie Tennant: Raise motor vehicle fees, but gradually, not $40M at once

Q: Would you have vetoed the bill raising motor vehicle fees to generate an additional $40 million for the highway fund?

A: What leadership is about, is getting into bringing folks together. I would have done that certainly with the Division of Motor Vehicles. This is a tough time for folks in West Virginia, and raising taxes, whether they're called taxes or fees, and in this case they were called fees, is difficult for folks. And I realize they hadn't been addressed in many years. It could have been a gradual approach to be able to work that in. I would have worked to make sure that would have been addressed and address it also for the roads in a budget process.

Q: So you would have supported some increase in the fees?

A: Depending on what the level would have been. But it couldn't have been that high, as it was. It was such a stark increase from what it was.

Source: The Register-Herald: West Virginia gubernatorial profiles Apr 25, 2011

Bob Wise: Create cabinet Environment post; end tradeoff with economy

It was the prevailing wisdom in the last century, and in previous generations, that economic growth carried the price of environmental sacrifice. We in West Virginia often divided ourselves into two camps - energy on one side, environment on the other. In so doing, we lost sight of a basic truth: we will share the future of West Virginia together. It is my goal to put behind us the era of divisiveness on the issue of West Virginiaís environment. All of us who love West Virginia - whether we work at behind a desk or a dozer, at a coal mine or a corporate headquarters - love our hills, our rivers, our woods and our valleys. We can have a clean environment-and we can have good paying jobs. And there must be no higher economic development priority- therefore-I ask you to elevate the Director of the Division of Environmental Protection to the post of secretary, and add this official to the Governorís Cabinet to emphasize the importance of environmental protection.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

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Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
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Donald Trump(NY)
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