There is a battle going on in our nation right now over the future of energy, and West Virginia is at the center of this debate. We are the nation’s third largest energy producer and second largest producer of coal. Yet, there is an effort by some to not only limit how we use and burn coal for energy, but also how we extract it.
In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency retroactively vetoed a mining permit issued to a Southern West Virginia mine four years earlier. The company, Mingo Logan Coal Co., a subsidiary of Arch Coal, sued the EPA over the veto, and the legal battle has been going on ever since, with Mingo Logan, as well as many other parties, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the matter. On March 24, the Court decided to not hear the case, and remanded it to the district court.
The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office has been and will continue to be intimately involved in Mingo Logan Coal Co. v. Environmental Protection Agency. We will do everything in our power to fight for West Virginia jobs and the rule of law.