Archive for December, 2015

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Declaration of David Schlissel, Case No. 15-1363 and Consolidated Cases: State of West Virginia v. USEPA

Declaration of David Schlissel, Case No. 15-1363 and Consolidated Cases: State of West Virginia v. USEPA

  Declaration of David Schlissel, Case No. 15-1363 and Consolidated Cases: State of West Virginia v. USEPA , (pdf)  

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Declaration of Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA- State of West Virginia v. USEPA, Case No. 15-1363 and Consolidated Cases

Declaration of Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA- State of West Virginia v. USEPA, Case No. 15-1363 and Consolidated Cases

  Declaration of Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA- State of West Virginia v. USEPA, Case No. 15-1363 and Consolidated Cases (pdf)    

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Mine Sales as a Way to Unload Cleanup Liabilities

Joanne McCarthy for the Newcastle Herald: Nathan Tinkler’s plan for open cut coal mining at Dartbrook fulfils an analyst’s prediction about major companies offloading rehabilitation liabilities to smaller, riskier buyers, and is “a microcosm of a much, much bigger problem”, a former international coal, oil and gas executive has warned. “This is not just a small […]

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More Layoffs and Shutdowns

Christopher Coats for SNL: After an especially troubling year, U.S. coal producers closed out 2015 with another round of mine idlings and staff layoffs, continuing a worrisome consolidation among domestic producers. In West Virginia, Murray Energy Corp. laid off about a hundred miners in Ohio and Marshall counties, with the company laying the blame for […]

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Doubt Surrounds Mining Industry’s Cleanup Promises

Leigh Paterson for MarketPlace.org: Using data from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Inside Energy calculated that, in the top 10 coal producing states, more than 1 million acres of land have been “disturbed” for coal mining operations. Reclaiming those mines, filling them with dirt and recreating the ecosystem that once was […]

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China Will Suspend Approval of New Coal Mines

From Bloomberg News: China will stop approving new coal mines for the next three years and continue to trim production capacity as the world’s biggest energy consumer tries to shift away from the fuel as it grapples with pollution. China will suspend the approval of new mines starting in 2016 and will cut coal’s share […]

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‘Coal Losing Foothold’ on U.S. River Traffic

Len Boselovic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ten years ago, about 28 million tons of the fossil fuel moved on the region’s three rivers, fueling power plants as well as coke plants where the natural resource was converted into fuel for steel industry blast furnaces. Coal from Pennsylvania and Ohio mines was headed to power plants […]

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Court Allows Walter Energy to Eliminate Workers Rights

Ryan Phillips for Birmingham (Ala.) Business Journal: A federal bankruptcy judge on Monday ruled against a motion to block retention bonuses for Walter Energy executives and also allowed the company terminate the collective bargaining agreements between the company and two unions. The judge allowed the company to reject the collective bargaining agreement between the United […]

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U.S. General Service Administration, Largest Pepco Customer, Opposes Exelon Takeover

Amy Poszywak for SNL: The U.S. General Services Administration, which buys electricity on behalf of federal government properties in the District of Columbia, has joined the opposition to Exelon Corp.’s proposed acquisition of District-headquartered Pepco Holdings Inc., according to a brief filed by the government agency on Dec. 16. The GSA said in an initial […]

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Poland’s Coal Economy Is in Shambles

Helena O’Rourke-Potocki for Politico: The Paris climate agreement underscoring that the era of fossil fuel is drawing to an end spells trouble for Poland, which is adamant that its economy will continue to be largely powered by coal far into the future. The Polish government is already struggling to save the ailing coal industry, which […]

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