MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University researchers have won a $500,000 to continue studying the effects of surface coal mining.
Team leaders collaborating with the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Sciences, or ARIES, say they hope their work will lead to more progressive mining practices.
ARIES is a consortium of seven universities led by Virginia Tech, with financial support from the industry.
WVU's new funding is a grant from the Virginia Tech Foundation.
Paul Ziemkiewicz (zim KEV itch) of the West Virginia Water Research Institute will lead WVU's work.
He says it's unclear where the research will lead, but WVU is evaluating the impact on watersheds from changes in water quality, among other things.
It's also looking at mining methods, hoping to help find ways to improve coal recovery while minimizing environmental disturbance.