Mining en Coalfields Expressway Plan Under Scrutiny <p></p><p>A plan for a controversial highway, known as the Coalfields Expressway, will undergo a full environmental impact study by the Virginia Department of Transportation.</p><p>V-DOT has described the plan the road as an economic lifeline for a region with a depressed economy. But citizen groups see it as benefiting only coal mining companies and not local communities.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:30:28 +0000 Robbie Harris 23511 at Coalfields Expressway Plan Under Scrutiny Coal Mine Reclamation <p>For more than a century, coal companies here in Virginia have been transforming wooded hillsides -- strip mining more than a million acres of land in Central Appalachia.</p><p>They&#39;re&nbsp;required to restore those sites, but environmentalists aren&#39;t always happy with the results, and area residents find no economic use for the land. Now, however, there&#39;s something new happening on old mining sites.</p><p>For more information:</p><p><a href="">Green Forests Work</a></p><p><a href="">American Chestnut Foundation</a></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:19:19 +0000 Jonna McKone 11908 at Coal Mine Reclamation Cuccinelli vs. Southwest VA Landowners? <p>There’s a new controversy brewing - one that could mean trouble for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.&nbsp; It involves a lawsuit on behalf of landowners in Southwestern Virginia.</p><p>They claim two energy companies failed to pay them royalties on methane gas wells.&nbsp; One of those firms has given $100,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign - and now a judge in the case says she’s shocked by e-mails from the attorney general’s office to those energy companies.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sandy Hausman reports on the history of the case.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:11:08 +0000 Sandy Hausman 5795 at Cuccinelli vs. Southwest VA Landowners? Coalfields Expressway <p>People who oppose the proposed “coal fields expressway” are staging a protest in Abingdon Virginia, where coal company, Alpha Natural Resources is holding its annual meeting Wednesday, May 22.<br><br>The protestors say they’ll call attention to the company’s role in what’s known as the Coalfields Expressway.&nbsp; A proposed 50 mile road, supporters say will improve transportation in far southwest Virginia and help the local economy.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 19:22:39 +0000 Robbie Harris 4741 at Coalfields Expressway