West Virginia governor’s coal firm ordered to pay settlement


CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — A judge has ordered a coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family to start making payments on a settlement.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice Low Seam Mining, Inc. was ordered Wednesday to pay roughly $478,000 to Virginia Drilling Co. in 10 days. An August 2017 complaint says the Justice company owned Virginia Drilling about $1.3 million for goods and services.


The companies reached a settlement agreement in September 2017 and again in May 2018, but Virginia Drilling says the Justice company never made the agreed upon payments.

Justice Low Seam Mining, Inc. is one of many coal companies owned by the Justice family.


The state Secretary of State’s Office’s website says Justice’s son, James C. Justice III, is the director and president of this firm.


Daniella Hankey

Good Morning West Virginia! Daniella Hankey is the Morning and Noon newscast Anchor. Daniella joined Newswatch as a Multi-Media journalist and quickly moved her way up to an Anchor. Before landing in the beautiful Mountain State, Daniella called her home Orlando, Florida. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to further her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. When Daniella is not working, you can find her exploring West Virginia especially the Greenbrier and engaging with community members. As a morning anchor, Daniella loves putting a smile on viewers faces in the morning and informing them of community events. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at You can also follow Daniella on Facebook at DaniellaHankeyTV.