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West Virginia’s Oil and Natural Gas Industry Poised for Comeback

April 5, 2017

The oil and gas industry has faced some harsh realities in the past few years, but industry leaders believe the future is bright. Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, said producers in the

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New Drying Technique Technology Would Make PRB Coal in Wyoming More Valuable

March 31, 2017

New technology can make Wyoming coal burn hotter, potentially helping the-cheap-to-produce Powder River Basin coal become competitive with high quality coal in the east. That’s the promise CBA Environmental made when Powder River Basin coal was used in a demonstration

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A Look at Energy Policies Trump Can Immediately Repeal

January 25, 2017

President Trump expects to sign up to 200 executive orders Monday, following the first tranche of orders he signed over the weekend. Turning from Obamacare and mortgage deductions, Trump at some point in his first week in office will begin

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How Trump Could Create Millions of Energy Jobs

December 7, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump wants to create millions of jobs by removing restrictions on American energy development, and the numbers seem to add up. Trump pledged in late November to “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy — including

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How American Coal Could Come Back Leaner and Cleaner

November 28, 2016

It’s been a wild month for the U.S. coal industry. When the Paris climate agreement entered into effect on November 5, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both thought they had signed the death warrant of the American coal industry. Just

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan to Cost $479 Billion and Increase Consumer Electric Rates

November 4, 2016

President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming will raise energy prices and drag many low-income Americans into “energy poverty,” according to a new study. The so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP) would significantly increase the price of electricity in the

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Retired Coal Miners Losing Health Benefits as Companies File Bankruptcy

August 3, 2016

Sitting at his kitchen table at his home near Sesser, retired coal miner Jim Miller fumbled around for the right word. Betrayal. That’s the one he settled on. That’s the way he felt when he opened a letter in the

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Former Coal Miner Opens Restaurant in Zeigler Illinois After Being Laid Off

April 19, 2016

Ken Knusta has wanted to operate his own restaurant for several years. After all, it was his dream. After getting laid off as a coal miner, he had the opportunity to move forward on that dream. Knusta, owner of Route

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Edwin Drake Drilled the First Oil Well in Pennsylvania in 1859

April 12, 2016

The history of the oil business as we know it began in 1859 in Pennsylvania, thanks to Edwin L. Drake, a career railroad conductor who devised a way to drill a practical oil well. Before Drake sank his first well

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The U.S.-Canada Conflict Over Gas Market Share to Heat Up in 2017

March 16, 2016

U.S. gas drillers battered by the lowest prices in 17 years have found another release valve for their output: Canada. Over the past five years, the shale boom that unlocked vast supplies of natural gas across North America has tripled

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