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6 Injured in Mine Accident

August 14, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers at an East Texas coal mine have suffered burns from falling debris. Mine owner Luminant says the accident happened Wednesday in Thermo, about 80 miles northeast of Dallas.                          

Hundreds Turn Out For Pebble Mine Hearing

August 13, 2014 4:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people turned out in Anchorage to comment on a proposal that would severely restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.                      

Arkansas Lawmakers Oppose Emissions Rule

August 13, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Arkansas legislative committees approved a non-binding resolution opposing a proposed federal rule to lessen carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.                                 

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Appeals Court Approves Permits For Upper Peninsula Mine

August 13, 2014 1:47 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a decision by state regulators to allow construction of a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula backwoods, the latest development in a 12-year legal and political struggle.      

James River Coal Asset Auction Set For August 18

August 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Online court documents show the auction is scheduled for Aug. 18. If the successful bid contemplates a sale, a sale-approval hearing would be held Aug. 20 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond.                  

Mine Too Slow Reporting Acid Spill

August 12, 2014 4:14 pm | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not immediately report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.             

Mine Spills 10 Million Gallons Of Acid Into River

August 12, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.                     

All Miners Rescued In Mine Collapse

August 12, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine miners were rescued from a collapsed mine on Tuesday after being trapped inside for several hours, Turkey's state-run news agency said.                                

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9 Trapped In Mine Collapse

August 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal mine collapsed in northern Turkey earlier today, trapping up to nine people inside, an official said.                                        

Indianapolis Fears Coal Ash Contamination

August 11, 2014 4:32 pm | by CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental, health and neighborhood groups on Monday called on Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons they fear may be contaminating wells that supply water to residents on the city's south side.       

EPA To Hold Public Pebble Mine Meetings

August 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting public meetings in Alaska on proposed restrictions for development of the Pebble Mine.                                    

NRG Closing Illinois Coal Plant

August 7, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has announced plans to close one Illinois coal-fired generating unit in Romeoville and convert a facility in Joliet to natural gas to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The company says the move will eliminate 250 jobs. 

Man Pleads Guilty To Mine Kickback Scheme

August 7, 2014 4:01 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

David E. Runyon's guilty plea came in U.S. District Court in Charleston. He faces up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines for extortion and tax evasion.                         

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Coal Ash Victim Settlement Approved

August 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has approved an agreement by the nation's largest public utility to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge.              

China To Ban Coal In Beijing By 2020

August 5, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                           

Mississippi Power Settles Coal Litigation

August 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by JACK ELLIOTT JR., Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County.

Alabama Power Reduces Coal Use At 3 Plants

August 4, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Power Co. said it will reduce or end coal use at three generating plants because of federal environmental rules as it spends $1 billion to meet new air emission rules.                     

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session.

Coal Struggle Endures With WV Miner Layoffs

August 4, 2014 10:32 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Alpha partly laid blame on EPA regulation for layoff plans, it set off a chain reaction of political finger-pointing in West Virginia. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the state's fears over EPA rules became reality. Several GOP congressional candidates heightened attacks against Democratic foes for being on the same side as Obama.

Tri-State Coal Interests Rally Before Hearings

July 30, 2014 4:20 pm | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 2,000 union workers and others organized by the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia joined top state elected officials Wednesday to rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.  

Arch Coal Posts Significant Q2 Losses

July 29, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. Louis-based company posted a loss of $96.9 million, or 46 cents per share, compared with a loss of $72.2 million, or 34 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.                          

Closing The Largest Coal Plant In The West

July 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.

Illinois Coal Exports Dip

July 28, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says that about 12 million tons of Illinois coal was exported in 2013. That's down from the 13 million tons exported in 2012, but far more than the 5.5 million tons exported in 2011 and 2.5 million tons in 2010. 

Coal-Export Towns Fight Rising Seas

July 28, 2014 3:44 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mid-Atlantic exports more coal — and the heat-trapping pollution that comes with it — than any place in the U.S. At the same time, cities like Norfolk are already experiencing one of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the country.

Obama Sends Dirty Coal Abroad

July 28, 2014 10:20 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.              

What You Need To Know About Global Coal Trade

July 28, 2014 10:16 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.

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