Following a request to suspend operations at Presque Isle Power Plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, official say the plant should remain operating through at least 2014 to maintain reliable electricity service in the region.
Media outlets are reporting that members at the Mountain State Carbon plant rejected the proposed contract last week on a 181-73 vote. Mountain State was a joint venture between Severstal and the now-bankrupt RG Steel. That bankruptcy wiped out the old contract.
A conference in Pittsburgh focuses on putting a stop to coal mining, fracking for oil and gas and nuclear power, but organizers also want workers to join the battle against climate change. Union leaders say that workers need new jobs to make a transition to clean energy, noting that shutting down industries such as coal can turn entire communities into a ghost town.
Macro Sensors introduce LVDT Linear Position Sensors as a critical position feedback component on its down hole drilling equipment.
The price of corn fell to its lowest point in more than three years after a U.S. government estimate of corn stocks came in higher than traders had anticipated. The price of corn has been falling this summer in response to an 80-year high in planting levels and conditions that didn't mirror last year's drought.
Once fully operational in 2014, the plant, which is the first of its kind in the United States, is expected to capture 300,000 tons of CO2 annually. The commercial-scale plant will employ roughly 35 people and is expected to create more than 200 jobs through the plant's construction and on-going operations.
The State Board of Minerals and Environment reversed course and will accept for the public record a resolution from the Rapid City Common Council expressing concern about a proposed uranium mine in the southern Black Hills, city Attorney Joel Landeen told the council Tuesday at a special board meeting.
Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal.
A deal between Chesapeake Energy and the Wyoming governor's office would guide drilling of potentially hundreds of oil wells in a vast area of designated sage grouse habitat in east-central Wyoming. The agreement allows the state to accommodate drilling while sticking with its strategy to keep the birds off the federal endangered species list.
Republicans in the House pushed through a bill Wednesday to speed up government review of gold, copper, silver and uranium mining on federal land. The bill makes it harder for opponents to mount legal challenges against new ventures and sets a 30-month timeline for environmental reviews.
The coal industry is bracing for new federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants fired by coal. The rules are expected to emerge by week's end from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to media reports.
A fire at a Campbell County coal mine has left three coal miners with second- and third-degree burns. Officials say the men were burned while they were working to change a bearing on a chain conveyor at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine.
The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission on Tuesday approved a proposed set of rules aimed at protecting groundwater at copper mines despite claims by the attorney general's office that the proposal contradicts existing state law.
Patriot Coal Corp. says it plans to idle a mine complex in southern West Virginia that employs about 250 workers. St. Louis-based Patriot says in a news release that it gave the workers a 60-day notice on Tuesday. The company expects to offer jobs at other operations to about 50 workers.
Romania's prime minister, Victor Ponta, says Parliament will not support a Canadian gold mine that has drawn mass protests this week over the use of cyanide in the extraction process. The Prime Minister said he would seek other ways to find jobs in the struggling region.
The Vermont attorney general's office says the state has filed a settlement agreement with the former owner of a defunct asbestos mine over cleanup of the site in Eden and Lowell. The state will recover some past expenses from mitigation work done at the site.
Federal land managers have proposed limiting the number of parcels to be leased for oil and natural gas development near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. The Bureau of Land Management released its environmental assessment for the lease sale and called for cutting the number of available parcels from 38 to just four.
Gold and silver prices rose as President Barack Obama gained support for a U.S.-led strike on Syria. Crude oil prices also rose as the simmering tensions over Syria prompted investors to buy safe-haven assets. Gold for August December delivery rose $15.90 to $1,412 an ounce. Silver rose 91.9 cents to $24.382 an ounce. Industrial metals were mixed.
The Dallas County Medical Society filed a petition Wednesday asking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants by strengthening rules and requiring equipment upgrades in older facilities.
A state water quality commission will soon vote on a proposed copper mining rule that some experts say violates state law, could upend New Mexico's long efforts to protect groundwater and would give other industries in the state a loophole to pollute aquifers.
More than two dozen states had been denied a portion of their Mineral Leasing Act payments for 2013, under automatic spending cuts put in place after Congress failed to agree on a deficit reduction plan. But officials say a legal review of the underlying Act prompted them to change course.
Despite Luminant's cash crunch and crushing debt, the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees mining permits, has allowed the company to expand its operations. Even with bankruptcy looming, Texas has granted the company a new permit to self-bond as it expands a mine in the Tatum area.
A labor lawyer asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reinstate a lawsuit against coal company Drummond Co. Inc., over the killing of three union leaders in Colombia more than a decade ago. In a trial five years ago, jurors rejected labor claims that the company hired hit men to kill the workers.
For the first time, nobody has bid on a federal coal tract offered for sale in Wyoming after the company that initially sought to mine the location determined that it couldn't do so profitably. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management held a coal lease sale in Cheyenne on Wednesday but received no bids.
Opponents of the proposed copper mine near Tucson have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state decision awarding a groundwater protection permit, which allows the Rosemont Copper Co. to discharge materials using the best available technology to keep pollutants from groundwater.