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Captured by Coal

Texas coal companies are leaving behind contaminated land. The state is letting them.

An investigation by The Texas Tribune and Grist shows that regulators in the Lone Star State have given a hand up to struggling coal companies as they face millions of dollars in mandated land restoration costs.

The San Miguel Electric Cooperative power plant can be seen in the background of a sign for the Peeler Ranch on April 26, 20…
Alonzo Peeler Jr. on his family ranch in Christine, Texas on April 26, 2019.
A fence separates the Peeler Ranch from property owned by the San Miguel Electric Cooperative. A coal ash pond operated by t…
Jason Peeler stands on a pile of coal ash from a lignite surface mine operated by the San Miguel Electric Cooperative's coal…
Dead trees, grass and mineral deposits cover an area of the Peeler Ranch that Jason Peeler alleges has been destroyed by the…
A view of the San Miguel Electric Cooperative power plant, with coal ash in the foreground. April 26, 2019.
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Federal agency missing in action

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The Peeler family claims contaminants from the San Miguel Electric Cooperative have destroyed their side of the property. Se…

The coal ash conundrum

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A mountain of coal ash sits near the Peeler Ranch in Jourdanton. The family claims the San Miguel Electric Cooperative has b…
Jason Peeler and his brother TKTK Peeler walk on coal ash from an above ground lignite mine on their family ranch. The mine …

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‘A Railroad Commission problem’

The Peeler family claims contaminants from the San Miguel Electric Cooperative have destroyed their side of the property. Se…
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