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Murray Coal Wants an Ohio Bailout

Dayton Business Journal ($): Dayton Power & Light Co. doesn’t want the coal supplier to two of its plants to intervene in a settlement that could see the plants closed. The company, owned by AES Corp., filed a memorandum with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio opposing the motion by Murray Energy Corp. to intervene […]

February 24, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Elections Have Consequences, but Perhaps Few That Can Save Coal

IEEFA Update: Elections Have Consequences, but Perhaps Few That Can Save Coal

Market Forces Are What Matter Above All

We didn’t make it this year to the Coaltrans USA conference last week in Miami, but we heard tell of some smart talk at the event by two of the industry’s CEOs, Bob Murray of Murray Energy and Kevin Crutchfield of Contura Energy, né Alpha Natural Resources.    The conference, where executives and analysts gather […]

February 9, 2017 Read More →

Murray Energy’s $250,000 Gift Got a Closed-Door Meeting in Coal Industry Campaign to Sway State Attorneys General

Jennifer A Dlouhy for Bloomberg News: Murray Energy Corp. made a $250,000 donation to the Republican Attorneys General Association last year and, in return, the coal mining company’s chief executive got a closed-door meeting with state prosecutors to discuss the Obama administration’s regulation of power plants. Eleven days later, the attorneys general went to federal […]

September 8, 2016 Read More →

Indications of a Solvency Struggle in Murray Layoff Letter

Anya Litvak for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Murray Energy Corp. and its lenders are working on a plan to keep it solvent as the company works to avoid filing for bankruptcy in two months’ time. Last week, Murray Energy, the nation’s largest privately owned coal miner, told 4,400 employees — more than 80 percent of its […]

July 7, 2016 Read More →
A Coal Boss Praised for Hard-Earned Success Appears to Be Taking the Low Road Out


A Coal Boss Praised for Hard-Earned Success Appears to Be Taking the Low Road Out


The CEO of Murray Energy Was Different, or So It Seemed

The news that Murray Energy, the largest privately held coal producer in the U.S., is considering laying off 80 percent of its workforce shows that even coal executives who preach the gospel of “change or die” cannot save an industry crumbling against competition from renewable energy and natural gas. CEO Bob Murray is pretty much […]

Coal Giant Murray Energy Issues Layoff Warning for 4,400

John W. Miller and Tim Puko for the Wall Street Journal: Murray Energy Corp., the largest privately held coal miner in the U.S., has warned that it may soon undertake one of the biggest layoffs in the sector during this time of low energy prices. In a notice sent to workers this week, Murray said […]

July 5, 2016 Read More →

U.S. Coal Exec Sees Demise of Uinta Basin Production

Christopher Coats for SNL: In early 2015, Murray Energy Corp. founder, CEO and President Robert Murray told a Miami audience that the Uinta Basin of Colorado and Utah had been “virtually destroyed” and that the “worst is yet to come” Murray now updates his assessment of the region, warning of a more rapid decline, potentially […]

June 14, 2016 Read More →

A Coal CEO Backs Trump But Doubts His Understanding of the Industry

Taylor Kuykendall for SNL: With early-choice candidate Ted Cruz out of the picture, Murray Energy Corp. founder and CEO Robert Murray is pivoting his support to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, though he thinks he may need to temper recent promises to return coal to its glory days. Murray expressed his support for the […]

May 25, 2016 Read More →

Two Coal Barons, One Overdue Bond Payment and the End of an Era

Jodi Xu Klein and Tim Loh for Bloomberg News: Both men worked down in the mines, in helmet and headlamp, digging out the coal that would one day make them piles of money. As early as Tuesday, the mining empires the two men built from scratch could start to crumble. Billionaire Christopher Cline, 57, hailed as […]

March 14, 2016 Read More →

Editorial: Industry Push to Slash State Coal-Mining Tax Isn’t in West Virginia’s Best Interest


From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch: The West Virginia House of Delegates this week wisely put a halt to legislation reducing the severance tax on the coal and gas industries, indicating instead that the issue should be studied prior to next year’s legislative session. Despite the harsh reaction from some in the coal industry, tabling Senate Bill […]

March 11, 2016 Read More →