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Resource ID: #5894
Subject: State Government
Source: Gazette (Charleston, W.Va.)
Date: Throughout 1988



Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette publishes more than 120 stories documenting the failures of West Virginia's Department of Energy. An investigation reveals the DOE did not enforce federal and state environmental and safety laws, granting new mining permits to coal operators with other unreclaimed mines and outstanding fines. The investigation also discloses that the DOE has no clear idea of how many unreclaimed mines there are in the state because of shoddy recordkeeping.

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