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White House Threatens Veto of EPA ‘Secret Science’ Bill

March 18, 2015

The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a pair of Republican bills aimed at changing the way the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses science to justify regulations. The first bill would attack the EPA’s use of “secret science.” In

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Murray Energy to Acquire Controlling Stake in Foresight Energy for $1.4 Billion

March 17, 2015

Murray Energy Corporation and Foresight Reserves, LP — the current owner of Foresight Energy GP LLC (FEGP) — have entered a definitive agreement for a transaction whereby Murray Energy will acquire a controlling interest in Foresight Energy LP (FELP) and

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Fatality at Alpha Natural Resources’ Deep Mine 41 Near McClure, Virginia

March 17, 2015

A miner at Alpha Natural Resources affiliate Paramont Coal Company has suffered a fatal injury at Deep Mine 41 near McClure, Virginia. David Brummitte, 34, of Pound, Virginia was found around 5:10 a.m. Monday. Brummitte was treated at the scene

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U.S. Chamber: EPA War on Coal Will Shut Down More Power Plants in 2015

March 16, 2015

EPA’s “War on Coal” is succeeding in driving coal-fired power plants into retirement. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports, “Nearly 16 GW of generating capacity is expected to retire in 2015, 81 percent of which (12.9 gigawatts) is coal-fired generation.”

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EPA Rules to Force 85 Coal-fired Plants to Close By Year End

March 16, 2015

Energy companies are preparing to shut down nearly 16 gigawatts of power by the end of this year as the deadline for compliance with new federal environmental regulations looms. In total, some 85 coal-fired generating units at 36 locations are

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W. Va. Governor Tomblin Signs New Coal Jobs and Safety Act Bill

March 16, 2015

Lawmakers in West Virginia passed a bill that will revise several mining laws within the state but is drawing criticism from safety advocates. The Coal Jobs and Safety Act, which passed by a 73-25 vote in the state’s House of

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U. S. Steel to Temporarily Idle Keetac Plant in Keewatin, Minnesota

March 16, 2015

United States Steel Corporation will temporarily idle its Minnesota Ore Operations — Keetac plant in Keewatin, Minn., effective May 13.  The temporary idling is due to the company’s current inventory levels and ongoing adjustment of its steelmaking operations throughout North

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Allied Nevada Files for Chapter 11 Restructuring

March 16, 2015

Allied Nevada Gold Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 restructuring. The company made an agreement with certain holders of its 8.75 percent senior unsecured notes due 2019 and its secured bank lenders to effect a reduction in the company’s funded

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Merjent Opens Canadian Office in Vancouver for Mining Sectors

March 16, 2015

Merjent, Inc. has opened a Canadian Office for mining sectors in Vancouver, British Columbia. After more than a decade of serving clients from its Minneapolis, Minnesota headquarters, Merjent has incorporated in Canada to support existing clients and to answer increasing

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New Power Substation Connected to Grid and Operational at Sierra Metals’ Bolivar Mine, Mexico

March 16, 2015

The Agua Caliente power substation connected to the new 115kw line at Sierra Metals’ Bolivar Mine in Mexico. The Piedras Verdes ore processing plant now runs off of the 33kw line from the substation. The Bolivar Mine was in commercial

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