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FERC Expected to Meet Rick Perry Halfway on Coal Subsidies

January 9, 2018

Energy experts expect federal regulators this week to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to subsidize struggling coal and nuclear power plants, but then meet him halfway in beginning to change how electricity generators are compensated. Analysts say the Federal

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Arguments Start Wednesday in Federal Lawsuit to Export Coal from Oakland Terminal, California

January 9, 2018

Initial arguments start Wednesday in a federal lawsuit backed by Bowie Resource Partners to reverse Oakland’s coal ban — and potentially open new markets for Utah mines. Between Utah’s rich coal beds and potential markets overseas lie 850 miles of

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TVA Shutters Johnsonville Coal Plant, Allen Coal Plant in Memphis Scheduled for this Year

January 9, 2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority shut down its oldest fossil plant still in operation this week as part of the utility’s ongoing shift away from coal-fired generation that should reduce the share of power TVA gets from burning coal by next

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Mepco to Close 4 West Coal Mine Due to Challenging Geological Condition, Pennsylvania

January 8, 2018

A Greene County coal mine will shutter by the end of this year, cutting 370 jobs, the company operating the mine told state labor officials in a letter posted Wednesday. Morgantown, W.Va.-based Mepco LLC, in a letter to the Pennsylvania

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Tri-State Seeking Air Permit for Its Colowyo Coal Mine, Colorado

January 8, 2018

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is pursuing a state air permit necessary for the long-term operation of its Colowyo Mine between Meeker and Craig amid questions about the future of the coal-fired power plant it serves. The Colorado Department of

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Foresight Energy to Partially Seal Inactive Deer Run Coal Mine Plagued by Underground Fire, Illinois

January 8, 2018

Foresight Energy, a leading coal producer in the Illinois Basin, is looking to permanently seal part of its inactive Deer Run mine plagued by smoldering underground fire and carbon monoxide since 2014. The St. Louis-based company seeks to close the

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Coal Mining Deaths Rise in 2017 After Record Low in 2016

January 8, 2018

Coal Mining deaths in the U.S. nearly doubled last year, after a record low in 2016, according to data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration. There were 15 people killed in coal mining jobs in 2017 versus eight in

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Army Corps of Engineers Plans Environmental Review of Pebble Gold-Copper Mine, Alaska

January 8, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans an environmental review of a proposed gold and copper mine near a major salmon fishery in Alaska. The Pebble Limited Partnership filed a permit application with the corps last month. Project details, released

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Minnesota Releases Crucial Draft Permit for PolyMet Mine

January 8, 2018

A copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota took another step forward Friday when state regulators released a crucial draft permit for public comment. “It’s a major milestone for the project,” Brad Moore, PolyMet Mining Corp.’s executive vice president for environmental and

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Illinois Coal Mining Sees 10 Percent Boost in 2017

January 8, 2018

Coal companies in the United States boosted production of the fuel in 2017 to reverse a two-year decline. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Thursday that companies mined 771 million tons of coal through Dec. 30, a 6 percent increase

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