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Regulators Inch Closer to Final Decision on Coal Power Plant

April 23, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The future of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest rests in the hands of state regulators.

7 Dead, 13 Trapped in Flooded Northern China Coal Mine

April 21, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least seven coal miners were killed and 13 left trapped after a shaft flooded at a mine in...

Trial Begins Over Turkey's Mine Disaster That Killed 301

April 14, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inspection reports said the coal had been smoldering for days before the May 13 disaster,...

Bloomberg Adds $30 Million to Anti-Coal Campaign

April 8, 2015 5:10 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club...

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5 Years After Coal Mine Blast, Explosion Risks Persist

April 6, 2015 10:06 am | by DYLAN LOVAN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's worst coal mine disaster in decades exposed lax safety measures at some Appalachian mines, issues that persist five years later despite the crackdown that followed, according to an Associated Press review of federal inspection records.

Researchers Mine Metals From Sewage

March 31, 2015 3:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In addition to including gold, silver or copper, the treated sewage can also contain palladium, vanadium and other metals used in the making of electronics.

Mining For Tourists? A Dubious Economic Savior in Appalachia

March 30, 2015 4:16 pm | by JONATHAN DREW and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Seco, like so many Central Appalachian communities, owes its existence to coal — its very name is an acronym for South East Coal Company. But as mining wanes, officials across the region are looking for something to replace traditional jobs and revenues.

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Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 28, 2015 3:28 pm | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO is paying a price for a massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

Execs From Montana's Largest Mining Company Moving to Denver

March 26, 2015 6:11 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and the company plans to close its offices in Billings as part of cost-cutting moves.

Ex-coal Boss Pleads Not Guilty Again in Mine Safety Case

March 24, 2015 3:20 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

He is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards, falsifying coal dust samples and defrauding federal financial regulators related to Upper Big Branch Mine. A blast at the southern West Virginia mine killed 29 men in 2010.

State Wants More Info on Proposed Eastern Illinois Coal Mine

March 23, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says the mine would generate 300 jobs paying an average of $76,000 annually.

Regulators Seek Information From Company on Mine Proposal

March 20, 2015 3:19 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana regulators won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application, the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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Panel Nears Decision on Coal-Fired Power Plant Closure Plan

March 18, 2015 10:29 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come.

Venture Deep Inside a Ukrainian Coal Mine

March 16, 2015 4:07 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

"It's a job from hell," says a young man in this video whose father was killed while working in a mine.

Black Thunder Mine Expands LNG Pilot Program

March 16, 2015 10:33 am | by The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record | News | Comments

The Black Thunder mine has a fleet of 148 haul trucks, according to Arch Coal. It is one of the most productive mines in the world and has held the title of biggest in the world in the past.

W.Va. Governor Signs prevailing Wage, Coal Mining Bills

March 13, 2015 2:32 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed bills Thursday that scale back the state's prevailing wage and cut safety and environmental rules for coal mining.

Duke Energy Fined $25 Million Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 11, 2015 11:39 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state said monitoring wells near Duke's dumps at Sutton showed readings exceeding state groundwater standards or boron, thallium, selenium, iron, manganese and other chemicals.

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West Virginia Mine Cited in Week Before Fatal Accident

March 9, 2015 4:36 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine safety regulators issued more than a dozen citations to a West Virginia coal mine in the week before a Sunday accident that killed one worker and injured two others.

Death Toll in Ukraine Mine Blast Reaches 33

March 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

This latest unfortunate event is just one of many that have afflicted the mine during its 57-year history.

Mexico Fines Mine $1.5 Million For Spill, Lets it Reopen

March 2, 2015 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican authorities have fined a mining company about $1.5 million for an Aug. 7 spill of copper sulfate and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers in northern Mexico.

North Dakota Coal Production Increases 4 Percent in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota is known for its booming oil fields, but coal mining in the state also is a healthy industry.

Company Plans to Resume Work at Arizona Uranium Mine

February 23, 2015 9:55 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Arizona's only active uranium mine shuts down this spring, the company running it plans to restart another mine south of Grand Canyon National Park.

Obama's Budget Includes Billions For Coal States

February 3, 2015 10:34 am | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new Republican-controlled Congress appeared skeptical of the president's outreach to the heart of the nation's coal country, with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing Monday that he would personally oversee the budget of Obama's Environmental Protection Agency.

Coal Mining Simulator Coming to Southern Illinois

January 27, 2015 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The simulator that Southeastern Illinois College and Illinois Eastern Community College plan to build will have features such as an imitation-smoke system and a control center where coordinators can monitor how the miners cope with disaster-like conditions.

Copper Slide Triggers Mine Closure, Layoffs

January 22, 2015 4:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A recent decline in the price of copper — and worrisome projections about the metals market going forward — has led to the closure of one mine in Montana and concern throughout the industry. Spokane Valley, Washington-based Revett Mining Co. this week announced it would suspend operations at the end of the month at Troy Mine.

Revett Mining Shutting Down Montana Silver, Copper Mine

January 20, 2015 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Revett Mining Co. has announced it is closing a copper and silver mine in northwestern Montana due to low metals prices and laying off just over 70 employees. Spokane Valley-based Revett announced Monday that it would end development work, continue milling operations through the end of January and then place the mine on "care and maintenance" mode.

Poland's Premier Helps in Stalled Talks With Striking Miners

January 12, 2015 3:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of angry coal miners in southern Poland staged an underground strike Monday to protest a plan to close four mines that the government says are losing money. Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz traveled to the area to sit down and talk with the protesting miners. Earlier negotiations broke down Sunday.

Judge Keeps Most of Gag Order in Former W.Va. Coal Exec Case

January 8, 2015 9:43 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is upholding most of a gag order in a criminal case against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was in charge of the Upper Big Branch mine when it exploded and killed 29 men. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger wrote that she needs much of the gag order intact to maintain a fair trial with unbiased prospective jurors in southern West Virginia.

Thousands of Indian Coal Workers End Strike

January 8, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

They ended their protest late Wednesday after Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal assured them that Coal India, which accounts for 80 percent of India's coal production, would not be privatized and the interests of workers would be protected.

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