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The Coal Industry Must Act Now

May 29, 2014 10:26 am | by Center for Regulatory Effectiveness | News | Comments

EPA's proposed rule for new coal plants has been called a "war on coal". The "war on coal" occurs because the standard in the proposed rule can only be achieved by the installation of a costly technology called CCS, carbon capture and sequestration, which virtually no utility can neither afford nor implement and will result in a ban on the construction of new coal plants.

Governor Wants Wyoming Coal Sent To Asia

May 29, 2014 10:23 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead heads to Washington state next week to push for access to ocean ports to allow export of Wyoming coal to Asia even as many politicians and residents in the Northwest voice increasing concern about the effects of burning coal on global warming.

Jury Awards $5M In Coal Contract Dispute

May 27, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Southwest Virginia jury has awarded $5 million to a defunct coal company and its owner in their long-running legal battle with Massey Energy over a coal supply contract.                             


Upper Peninsula Residents Wonder If Mine Is Worth It

May 23, 2014 10:17 am | by KEITH MATHENY, Detroit Free Press | News | Comments

The few residents in one Upper Peninsula community are at a crossroads. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is considering the largest sale of state-managed forestland in its history to Graymont, a British Columbia-based limestone mining company to create a sprawling, 13,000-acre, open-pit and underground mining operation.

Turkish Mine Disaster Won't Go Unpunished

May 20, 2014 10:55 am | by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey's prime minister pledged not to allow anyone responsible for the country's worst mine disaster to go unpunished, and promised improved supervision of Turkish mines.                        

3 Charged With Negligence In Turkish Mine Disaster

May 19, 2014 10:59 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the face of widespread anger over Turkey's worst mining disaster, prosecutors arrested three people, including a company manager, on charges of negligence Sunday.                                    

High Gas Levels Ignored At Turkish Mine

May 19, 2014 10:57 am | by BERZA SIMSEK, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sensors noted high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before the disaster that killed 301 workers in Turkey but company officials took no action, Turkish news reports said Monday.                           

2 Mine Workers Kidnapped

May 19, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Chinese workers at a copper mine in Myanmar were freed Monday after being held more than 30 hours by activists who were demanding the closure of the mine.                             


SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Conjures Up Controversy

May 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Nancy Grunberg and Jon Sohn, McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP | News | Comments

The SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule has been controversial throughout its short history due to questions of business materiality and the costly due diligence requirements of the rule itself. The rule requires public companies to investigate the origin of specific minerals that the companies use in their manufacturing process.

Turkey Denies Negligence

May 16, 2014 10:06 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday and senior Turkish officials denied allegations of lax government oversight four days after at least 284 people died in a coal mine explosion and fire.                

Layoff Notice Preceded Fatal WV Mine Accident

May 15, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Weeks before an underground accident killed two workers, employees at a problem-plagued West Virginia mine were notified that they may lose their jobs because the coal was selling for less than the cost of digging it out.                     

Some Of History's Worst Mine Disasters

May 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of what seems to be a never-ending news cycle of mine disasters, let's take a look back at some of the worst in history.                                                 

Turkish Miner Death Toll Rises To 282

May 15, 2014 10:05 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue teams recovered another eight victims, raising the death toll to 282, with some 142 people still unaccounted for, according to government figures. The disaster Tuesday has set off protests around Turkey and thrown Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential ambitions off stride. Blackening his reputation further, one of Erdogan's aides was accused of kicking a protester on the ground.


Obama's Climate Rules Won't Wait

May 14, 2014 4:23 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unlike the Keystone XL oil pipeline, whose review the administration has delayed, probably until after the elections, the clock is ticking for the power plant rules — the cornerstone of Obama's campaign to curb climate change. Unless he starts now, the rules won't be in place before he leaves office in 2017, making it easier for his successor to stop them.

WY Governor Blasts EPA's Coal Proposal

May 14, 2014 4:15 pm | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Matt Mead of Wyoming, the nation's leading coal-producing state, is calling on the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a proposal to require new coal-fired power plants to employ carbon-capture technology.                 

Arguments Fly Over Proposed SD Uranium Mine

May 14, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A company proposing a uranium mine near Edgemont needs better studies to ensure that its operations won't hurt cultural and historic sites in the Black Hills, an attorney representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe said Tuesday.                      

5 Facts About The Wharton Mine Accident

May 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two coal miners were killed Monday night while working at the Brody Mine No. 1 in West Virginia. Here are five things to know about the mine and what happened...                             

The Risks Of Retreat Mining

May 14, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The two workers killed in an underground coal mine were performing a risky method known as retreat mining, where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal.                             

238 Dead In Coal Mine Explosion

May 14, 2014 9:31 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The last worker rescued alive emerged from the mine around dawn, a government official said on condition of anonymity because she didn't have prior authorization to speak publicly to journalists about the issue. As of 3:30 p.m., it had been about 10 hours since anyone had been brought out alive.

3 Miners Killed During Strike

May 13, 2014 11:09 am | by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tension is rising in South Africa's platinum mine sector, where police are struggling to keep order after three miners working in defiance of a strike were killed in separate incidents.                      

2 Deaths In WV Coal Mine Collapse

May 13, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal officials say two workers died when the ground failed at a West Virginia mine with a history of safety violations.                                     

Coal Ash On The Road

May 7, 2014 10:48 am | by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Divided Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow for the use of coal ash and other industrial byproducts in cement and asphalt, approving legislation that would reclassify certain hazardous wastes for "beneficial use."                      

Mining Resurgence In The Iron Range

May 5, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mining companies have clawed iron out of northern Minnesota since the 1880s. First it was high grade ore, then lower grade taconite. After years of tinkering, one company figured out an innovative way to economically process the still-lower grade ore left behind.

Death Toll Climbs To 12 In Mine Accident

May 5, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More bodies have been pulled from a collapsed gold mine in southwestern Colombia, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities to 12.                                    

Miners Seek Review Of Coal Dust Rule

May 5, 2014 10:18 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The mining industry is seeking a court review of the Obama administration's new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines.                               

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