West Virginia governor liable for $700M coal company loan

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol, in Charleston, W.Va. Gov. Justice confirmed on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, that he is personally liable for $700 million in loans taken by his coal companies from a lender in the United Kingdom that went bankrupt. The Republican governor took shots at the bankrupt Greensill Capital U.K. and said “it is a burden on our family beyond belief.” (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has confirmed that he is personally liable for $700 million in loans taken by his coal companies.

The loans were taken out from a lender in the United Kingdom that went bankrupt in March. Justice blamed the lender, Greensill Capital U.K., at a news conference on Tuesday.

The Republican governor’s coal company, Bluestone Resources Inc., sued the lender after it went under over allegations of fraud.

Justice says the loans were acquired to rebuild Bluestone after a period of decline.

The Roanoke, Virginia-based company is involved in mining metallurgical grade coal used for steel making.

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