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Peabody Energy Seeking Approval to Expand Its Twentymile Coal Mine, Colorado

August 16, 2017

Federal officials are collecting input on a plan to allow a coal mine in Northwestern Colorado to dig an additional 640 acres. Energy company Peabody Energy wants the government’s approval to mine millions more tons of coal at the Twentymile

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Coal Executive Murray Wins Favorable Court Orders in Lawsuits Against HBO and NY Times

August 15, 2017

Coal executive Bob Murray won a pair of small victories in his lawsuits against HBO host John Oliver and The New York Times for alleged defamation. The lawsuits from Murray, the outspoken CEO of Murray Energy Corp., alleges that both

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W. Va. Senator Manchin Emerges as Possible Pick for Energy Department

August 15, 2017

Some White House and Republican officials are exploring the idea of putting West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in charge of the Energy Department, according to four people familiar with the discussions, a move that could boost President Donald Trump’s

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Trial Dates Set for Men Accused of Killing Coal Executive Ben Hatfield

August 15, 2017

Trial dates have been set for two men accused of killing a coal company executive while he cleared loved ones’ graves in a Mingo County cemetery last year, after one of the men withdrew a guilty plea made earlier this

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Bankrupt Owner of Closed Horizon Coal Mine Offers Condominium Sale for Reclamation Clean-Up, Utah

August 15, 2017

Nearly five years after it was closed amid a swamp of defaulted debt and safety violations, Carbon County’s Horizon coal mine remains dormant while state regulators and federal land managers struggle to get owner Hidden Splendor Resources to pay reclamation

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FERC Chairman to Keep Coal Plants Online One of His Main Goals

August 15, 2017

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee said he would look for ways to “properly compensate” coal plants for providing reliable electricity during his time as a top energy regulator. “These are essential to national security. And to that

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Republicans Divided on W. Va. Governor’s Plan to Subsidize Appalachian Coal

August 15, 2017

Western state Republicans have already come out against West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s proposal to the Trump administration to subsidize burning Appalachian coal. “When the federal government starts picking energy winners and losers, American taxpayers lose,” Wyoming Republican Sen. John

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WV DEP Issues Show Cause Order to Alpha’s Middle Ridge Coal Mine

August 15, 2017

An Alpha Natural Resources subsidiary must tell the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection why the DEP should not revoke a mining permit in Raleigh County. The DEP issued the order Aug. 1 to Republic Energy, which operates the Middle

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Kentucky Mine Rescue Team Wins Virginia Department of Mines Safety Contest

August 15, 2017

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has announced the winners of the 38th annual Virginia Mining Institute Mine Rescue contest held last week in Blacksburg. The 11-member Wellmore Energy Company Red Team from Grundy won the contest, which

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Internal Review of MSHA Shows Inspectors Don’t Meet Medical Standards

August 14, 2017

An internal review by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) revealed that 15 to 20 percent of its inspectors and technical personnel do not meet the agency’s medical standards. MSHA announced that it is taking immediate action to implement

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