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1916

The earliest recorded instance of surface mining in West Virginia occurred

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1938

The West Virginia Department of Mines first reported production figures for surface mining

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Mar 11, 1939

West Virginia legislature passed the first law to regulate surface mining

1945

Legislation to protect the environment from surface mining was enacted

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1947

Surface mining production reached 18.4 million tons

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1959

Legislation to protect the environment from surface mining was enacted

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1963

Legislation to protect the environment from surface mining was enacted

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1967

Legislature passed what was considered the toughest strip mine legislation in the country

1970

The first indication of Jay Rockefeller's intention to run for governor came when he spoke out against strip mining

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Aug 03, 1977

The federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act was signed into law

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2001

Surface mining production was 60 million tons

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