New rules governing carbon emissions promise to be a divisive electoral issue this year, particularly in Virginia's coal country.
The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy convened for the first time in Richmond Wednesday, and on the table is the controversial fracking process.
New EPA regulations are putting a cap on emissions from coal power plants, but Maryland has already taken steps in that direction, as the state's Democratic governor points out in a statement.
An accident caused the derailment of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in Lynchburg, Virginia, earlier this year, and the results of a hearing found it could have been much worse.
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