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Coal company owned by family of W.Va. governor ordered to pay $478,000

A state circuit court judge ordered a coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in a settlement Oct. 10, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

The company, Justice Low Seam Mining Inc., will have 10 days to pay Virginia Drilling Co. LLC $478,000.

Virginia Drilling filed a complaint in August 2017 alleging that the Justice family's company owed about $1.3 million for goods and services related to coal mining, according to the Gazette-Mail. The companies then reached an agreement in September 2017, but Justice's company failed to sign the agreement or make payments.

The companies reached another settlement in May, but Virginia Drilling said the Justice company did not make the payments.

It was recently reported that the Justice family's coal companies may owe $3 million in fines for failing to clean up idled Kentucky mines. The Public Service Commission of West Virginia also issued orders against five coal companies linked to Justice for violating state transportation laws and failing to pay the subsequent fines.

Justice announced in August that he had paid off all his debt owed to West Virginia and its counties, but he did not disclose how much money he owed.