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“There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear”

Hey Intelligencer, whatever happened to Bob Murray and Murray Energy?

Local newspaper readers: if you haven’t noticed, Murray Energy and its CEO have virtually disappeared from the pages of Ogden's Ohio Valley “newspapers.” So far in 2020, the Wheeling papers have carried only three news articles about Murray Energy. (For comparison, this is my sixth blog post about the company this year.)

For our . . .

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May 16, 2020

The “war on coal” is over

Today, May 7, 2020, the Wheeling News-Register published a pro-alternative energy editorial

I think this is significant.

The “war” was never really a real war as much as a rallying cry for the coal industry and its supporters. Today, Ogden Newspaper’s Wheeling News-Register, long a mainstay in the industry’s propaganda battle, signaled that it was over with its editorial “Area Can Benefit From Solar Energy.”

It . . .

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May 07, 2020

Apparently, nothing much happened in the world this past weekend

As usual, the Monday Intelligencer consists of week-old local news and PR releases

Front-page “news”

The top story:

Wheeling Taking Steps to Fix Flooding Problems

This story tells us that the city is taking steps to fix the flooding that has become a problem in parts of the city. The city announced these steps six days ago.

Underneath it:

Residents Speak In . . .

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April 13, 2020

Ohio Valley economic news

Where's the local coverage?

The missing signatures for the Belmont County’s cracker plant may remain missing

From yesterday’s upbeat Wheeling Intelligencer editorial, “Cracker Plant News Gratifying”:

. . . it was revealed that three local government entities will be receiving enormous amounts of revenue from PTT Global Chemical America and Daelim . . .

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March 31, 2020

It’s a good thing that the extraction industries no longer control West Virginia politics!

Riley Moore, the grandson of Arch Moore and nephew of Shelley Moore Capito will hold a fundraiser this week in Charleston and guess who's invited

From Phil Kabler’s “Statehouse Beat” in Sunday's Charleston Gazette-Mail:

State treasurer candidate Riley Moore is having a fundraiser in Charleston Feb. 13, with an interesting lineup of special guests, event chairs and committee members.

Most eye-catching is that Murray Energy PAC, the political arm of the bankrupt . . .

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February 10, 2020

Coal news

Murray bankruptcy and the continuing decline of the coal industry

Murray declares bankruptcy

From CNBC earlier this morning:

Murray Energy joins growing list of coal companies to declare bankruptcy

Today's Wall Street Journal sees this as a long-term trend:

In Pro-Trump West Virginia Coal Country, the Jobs Keep Leaving

Fixing the blame

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October 29, 2019

"Forget it, Jake. It's West Virginia."

Environmental groups sue as state and federal regulators do nothing to stop the excessive dumping by Murray Energy and Justice-owned coal companies

From Reuters:

Several West Virginia coal mines, including some owned by the governor’s family, have released many times the allowable amounts of pollutants into nearby waterways in recent years without being penalized by regulators, according to environmental groups citing state data.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, . . .

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June 05, 2019

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