In the news February 2020: West Virginia may install solar on former coal sites Published Feb. 28th, 2020 The environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy is working with West Virginia’s Coalfield Development Corporation to put large-scale solar energy on a decommissioned coal mine site. This would be… read more. Aquaponics facility just months away from operations Published Feb. 6, 2020 The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority recently hosted a tour at the new aquaponics facility, located on the old Burning Creek Mine property on the outskirts of the city limits in Kermit, West Virginia… read more. Solar could be installed on coalfields in West Virginia if The Nature Conservancy succeeds Published Feb. 27, 2020The conservancy is seeking a decommissioned mine site to purchase or lease, and is working with West Virginia’s Coalfield Development Corporation to secure funding to develop a site with large-scale solar energy, forestry, and… read more. January 2020: $3.5M moves acid mine drainage cleanup plant toward full scale Published Jan. 1, 2020 Ohio University, Rural Action and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are moving forward with a plan that would ultimately construct a full-scale acid mine drainage (AMD) water treatment plant in Millfield, near Athens, according to… read more. December 2019: Former coal mines spur economic development Published Dec. 19, 2019Rural Action held an abandoned mine land tour of successful abandoned mine land reclamation and economic projects in the region on Friday, Dec. 13. The tour began at the Lawrence Township Hall in Bolivar and was free with lunch provided… read more. November 2019: Portal 31: How A Closed Mine Opened New Prospects For One Coal Town Published Nov. 21, 2019 Devin Mefford is sitting in the squat metal buggy of a modified mantrip, the train-like shuttle coal miners use to travel underground. Mefford is dressed for work, in a hardhat and a navy shirt and pants with lime green reflective stripes. It’s a uniform his father and grandfather – both Kentucky coal miners – would be familiar with. Mefford does go into a mine every day, but not for the coal…. read more. Report looks at redeveloping coal sites Published Nov. 3, 2019 A coalition of advocacy groups is working to support proposals for innovative reclamation projects in coalfield communities throughout the region, many of which are grappling with how to grow their economies in the face of a declining coal industry that has also left behind abandoned mine properties. These old coal sites could be promising locations for …read more. October 2019: Report — Mine Reclamation Done Well Could Be Catalyst For Regional ‘Just Transition’ Published Oct. 31, 2019 A new report by a group of regional advocacy organizations argues reclaiming abandoned mine lands could be a key factor in Appalachia’s transition from coal… read more. Reclaiming More Abandonded Coal Mines in SWVA Published Oct. 31, 2019Communities Across Appalachia are looking to diversify the region’s economy with ventures like sustainable agriculture businesses, renewable energy sites, or other economic drivers; new businesses built, literally atop abandoned mine sites… read more. September 2019: Baileys Mountain Bike Trail starts construction after receiving funding from numerous sources Published Sept. 19, 2019 Mountain bikers around the country waiting for the construction of what will become one of the longest trails in the country are about to hear some welcome news: the wait is almost over… read more. March 2019: Abandoned mine complex finds new use as part of Camp Tuscazoar Published Mar. 26, 2019 On Saturday, the process of restoring the property will take another step forward as volunteers plant 5,000 burr oak, northern red oak, silver maple, sweetgum and … read more.