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 . . .
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 . . .
As usual, the Monday Intelligencer consists of week-old local news and PR releases
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.
Residents Speak In . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . .
Environmental groups sue as state and federal regulators do nothing to stop the excessive dumping by Murray Energy and Justice-owned coal companies
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, . . .