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Reduce Coal Emissions? No Say NGOs, Yes Say Voters

It’s too soon to be alarmed, but there may be an outbreak of common sense upon us. Unless stopped by doctrinaire ideologues, recent signs of rare agreement on the energy front just might lead to actual progress.

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Majority of U.S. Voters Support Permitting Reform to Encourage Domestic Mining

“Made in America should also be made from American resources,” said Hal Quinn, NMA president and CEO.

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New Method to Extract Rare Earths From Coal Mining By-Products Discovered

If the project proves to be a success, West Virginia University will have developed a new, domestic source of rare earth elements that can be easily extracted, operate on already permitted sites and produce negligible, new waste materials.

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Steel Production Imperative to Coal Industry

Thousands of West Virginia coal jobs are required to produce the millions of tons of metallurgical coal necessary to fuel steel production at a blast furnace in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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ESCO Corporation to Join Leading Global Engineering Company, Weir

ESCO Corporation has entered into an agreement to be acquired by The Weir Group PLC, one of the world’s leading engineering businesses, for an enterprise value of $1.285 billion.

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South Africa's Eskom has 10 Days to Change Drastically - Expert Analyzes Chances of Blackout

The days of load shedding is a time that no South African has been able to forget about. Arriving home from work only to sit in the dark for the next three hours before you can cook dinner.

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Donald Trump Is Trying to Help U.S. Coal. But These Countries Are Doing More

The Trump Administration has taken a number of steps to help the ailing U.S. coal industry, but some think its biggest savior may turn out to be foreign countries in need of energy.

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FirstEnergy Emergency Request Could Be A Last Chance To Help Coal Power

Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy Solutions made waves last month when it asked the Department of Energy to grant it an emergency order to help keep coal and nuclear plants operating across the Ohio Valley.

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Ohio Lawmaker Tells Federal Regulators That Murray Energy's CEO is Unhappy With Them

Rep. Bill Johnson said at a House committee hearing that the CEO of Murray Energy recently stated that FERC did not do its job when it rejected a proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants.

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New Mines Set to Open in Southern West Virginia

According to Raleigh County Commission Pres. Dave Tolliver, at least three different operations have applied for permits.

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Rio Tinto's Q1 Hard Coking Coal Output Down 30% on Year Ahead of Exit

Mining giant Rio Tinto said Wednesday its hard coking coal production fell 30% year on year to 1.1 million mt over January-March, and was down 53% quarter on quarter, ahead of its exit from the sector.

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Illinois Mining Institute June Scholarship Golf Outing - Register Today!

Raising money for scholarships is the primary purpose of this event - networking and a fun game of golf is the secondary purpose.

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Key Steps That Administrator Scott Pruitt Has Taken at EPA

Scott Pruitt has been a reliable ally for President Donald Trump, who made easing regulations on American industries a central campaign promise, and the EPA administrator has proposed a slew of rollbacks for major environmental rules.

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FERC Chair Takes up Coal Lobby Line on Plant Retirements

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could take action to keep uneconomic power plants online if it perceives an entire category of generation resources, such as coal and nuclear, could permanently retire.

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Report on Coal Mine Bonding in Central Appalachia

Bonds are used to ensure reclamation of mine sites, should a company be unable to finish reclamation. The report details the bonding programs in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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Congress Could Ease Taxes On Coal Plants For The Next Half-Decade

A Senate bill introduced Monday would give existing coal plants tax breaks for the next five years, giving the struggling industry some relief while lawmakers look to increase grid security.

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West Virginia Senators Manchin and Capito Pushing Coal Legislation

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. are pushing legislation that would give tax breaks to help keep coal-fired power plants in operation.

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Australian Coal-to-Hydrogen Plant Will Fuel Japan's Green Economy

The Australian government has entered into a partnership with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries to turn Australia’s brown coal into hydrogen for use in Japan.

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Coal Company With Leases in Southeastern Montana Silent on Future Plans, Agencies Say

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality came before the board to update commissioners on the Otter Creek coal leases south of Ashland.

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Atlantic Thermal Coal Bid, Offered Lower

The delivered-Europe thermal coal market saw lower prices at the start of the week as spot demand from utilities continued to dwindle.

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Michael D. Day Inducted Into University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction

Michael Day is president and chief executive officer for ArcelorMittal Princeton Operations, a position he has held since 2017.

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Caterpillar to Collaborate on Expanded Underground Hard Rock Technology Offerings

Caterpillar and Minetec, a wholly owned subsidiary of Codan Limited, have announced an agreement for the development and delivery of technologies that specifically address challenges of the GPS-deprived underground mining environment.

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New Mexico Utility Says Insurance to Help Pay for Coal Silo Failure

The investigation into the cause of a structural failure of a coal silo at a power plant in northwestern New Mexico is ongoing, but the plant’s operator says repairs are underway.

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Europeans Split Over Introducing Carbon Floor Price & Protecting Coal

“Carbon pricing penalizes coal usage and it can create revenue which finance ministers around the world can use,” Researcher Ottmar Edenhofer argued.

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GOP Targets Coal Tycoon’s Candidacy Before It Turns Into A Trump-Like Revolt

Republicans are targeting the senatorial campaign of a former coal CEO and ex-convict before his bid for congress turns into a populist movement, according to report Sunday from Politico.

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President Trump Directs EPA to Ease Air Quality Rules He Says Suffocates Industry

President Trump's latest effort to boost the nation's manufacturing sector is an industry-friendly rewrite of air quality regulations he says pose "unnecessary and outdated barriers to growth."

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Epiroc Launches New U.S. Website

Designed with the needs of mining, infrastructure and natural resources customers in mind, the engaging new site features user-friendly navigation and functionality.

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Empty CSX Coal Train Derails in West Virginia; No One Hurt

CSX says an empty coal train has hit a rock slide and derailed in southern West Virginia. No injuries were reported.

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Bill Would Make Companies Responsible for Mine Cleanup Costs

Mining companies would have to ensure they will clean up after themselves once their mining operations are done under a bill that won final approval in the Colorado House on Monday.

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Coal India Earmarks Corpus for CBM Foray

Coal India Limited has earmarked $462-million for its foray into exploration and production of coalbed methane, following government’s announcement that it will relax rules to allow the company to exploit the resource.

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Mining Safety Hits a Milestone

Virginia hit a milestone in mine safety. While there are no trophies for first place, this prize cannot be valued. March marked three years since the Commonwealth’s coal industry had a fatality.

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Mine Safety and Health Technology Award

The deadline for submitting an application is Aug. 1, 2018. The award recognizes a mine or company for “extraordinary achievements in applying health and safety technology in innovative ways, above and beyond mandatory requirements.

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South Africa: Eskom Coal Supply Woes May be Worse Than Before 2008 Load Shedding, Reports Show

After persistent questioning, Eskom confirmed to EE Publishers that it has been relying on emergency, diesel-driven, open-cycle gas turbines regularly to meet demand this year.

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Overheard at Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit

Hundreds of investors, utility executives and others gathered last week for Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Future of Energy Summit, where electric vehicles, energy storage and renewables dominated discussions.

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China's Benchmark Power Coal Price Stays Flat

The Bohai-Rim Steam-Coal Price Index, a gauge of coal prices in northern China's major ports, stood the same as a week ago at 570 yuan (around 90 U.S. dollars) per tonne.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Seems in Favor of Emergency Order to Bail Out Coal, Nuclear Plants

At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Perry expressed his willingness to help coal and nuclear plants out with an emergency order similar to one requested by energy firm FirstEnergy earlier this month.

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The State of US Coal

US coal exports totaled 8.18 Mt in February, up 2.9% from January and up 30.6% from the year-ago month, US Census Bureau data shows.

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Massive Subsidies Being Shelled Out For Renewable Energy

A new report reveals the billions of dollars in subsidies being quietly shelled out to renewable energy technologies, all on the back of the American taxpayer.

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CONSOL Energy Pledges Multi-year Funding for School Safety Initiative

CONSOL Energy Inc. will be funding the salary of a new School Resource Officer at West Greene School District, located in rural Greene County, Pennsylvania, over the next three years.

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China's March Coal Imports Up 21% on Year to 26.7 Million MT

"As expected, China commodity imports rebounded strongly in March following subdued imports during the Chinese New Year month," Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd analysts said in a note.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: April 16, 2018

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending April 13, 2018.

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Tennessee Coal Mining Bill Sent to Governor

A bill that would take coal mining regulation away from the federal government and put it back in the hands of the state of Tennessee is now headed to the governor, but it faces concerns from environmentalists and state officials.

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Reviewing SunCoke Energy Partners and Contura Energy

We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

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India's Coal Unions Withdraw Proposed Strike

The proposed one-day strike called by four central trade unions in Coal India Ltd to protest against the government decision of allowing commercial coal mining by private companies has been withdrawn due to lack of unity among them.

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Don't Forget to Register for RMCMI Regional Meetings!

Dates and information for upcoming Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute meetings.

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Friends of Coal Auto Fair Registration is Now Open

Pre-registration is $20 and must be done before June 22, 2018, registration after that time $35.

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Komatsu Sales Growth to Slow as Miners Avoid New Equipment Buys

Japanese machine maker Komatsu expects revenue growth from mining to slow as a surge in demand for equipment maintenance fades while miners remain wary of large new investments, an executive at the company said on Wednesday.

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Robert Murray Says His Coal Company Will Survive Without Trump Administration’s Help

Coal magnate Robert Murray said he now expects his company to thrive whether or not the Trump administration intervenes.

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Wyoming Mining Association Director Responds to Star-Tribune Editorial on Coal Decline

"We have always known changing Washington’s regulatory approach was not a simple “silver bullet” for the industry’s challenges. However, it has certainly been a welcome and positive change," said Travis Deti, Executive Director, Wyoming Coal Association.

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Trump Energy Official Promoting New Coal Plants Suddenly Discovered He Owns Coal Stock

Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steve Winberg recently told ethics officials he held a stock option in his former employer.

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Tennessee Bill Passes to Take Coal Regulation Away From Feds

A bill that would take coal mining regulation away from the federal government and put it back in the hands of the state of Tennessee is now headed to the governor, but it faces concerns from environmentalists and state officials.

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Firm Narrows Potential Buyers for Arizona Coal-Fired Plant

The Navajo Generating Station near Page is set to close in 2019 unless someone steps in to buy it.

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A Washington County Is Jumping Into A Lawsuit Against The State For Shutting Down A Proposed Coal Terminal

Millennium Bulk Terminal’s request to build a coal export terminal capable of handling around 44 million tons of coal annually was rejected in 2017 over concerns Millennium could not compensate for damage to the environment.

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Energy Secretary Asks National Coal Council for Report on Optimizing the Existing Coal Fleet

Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steve Winberg has announced that Secretary Rick Perry issued a request to the National Coal Council to prepare a report on optimizing the existing coal fleet to ensure a reliable and resilient power grid.

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Representatives Morgan Griffith & Phil Roe Will Headline Virginia Coal & Energy Alliance's 39th Annual Coal Conference

Conference registrations are now being accepted and limited exhibit space is available. Call today to insure the opportunity of showcasing your company or organization’s product or service.

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Wyoming Miners Noted Large Slabs Fell From Coal Face Days Before Worker's Death

Miners at the Jim Bridger underground coal mine told federal regulators that large slabs of coal fell from the wall in the days before Jaime Olivas died from internal injuries sustained after being buried under a rolled slab of coal.

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MSHA Quarterly Stakeholder Call Scheduled for Monday, April 30, 1pm ET

Assistant Secretary David G. Zatezalo will open the call with remarks, and will be available for questions at the close.

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Mining Ukraine: As Strikes Hit Hard What Lies Ahead for a Mega Coal Miner

Coal miners in Ukraine have once again been on strike, with thousands of state-owned Selidivvugillya’s workers downing tools in protest against unpaid wages.

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Former Coal Lobbyist Becomes #2 at EPA

Andrew Wheeler was tapped for the job while running the energy and environment practice at the Washington, DC–based consulting law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels.

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EPA Gives North Dakota Power to Regulate Underground CO2 Storage

North Dakota became the first state to receive federal approval to regulate underground storage of carbon dioxide April 10.

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Friends of Coal Golf Tournament to Take Place June 22

Woodhaven Golf Course at Glade Springs Resort, West Virginia is the site of the Golf Tournament, which is hosted by the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions

There is a clear pathway to zero emissions from coal. This starts with low emission coal technologies and progresses to carbon capture use and storage.

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Liebherr Achieves the Highest Turnover in the Group's History

In 2017, the Liebherr Group achieved the highest turnover in its history, with total sales of €9,845 million. Compared to the previous year, the family-run company increased its revenue by 9.3%.

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Tennessee Governor to Weigh State Oversight of Coal Mining Industry

Proponents hope the legislation will rejuvenate surface mining in Tennessee, creating opportunity and jobs in economically distressed regions of the state such as portions of the Cumberland Plateau.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: April 12, 2018

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending April 7, 2018.

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MSHA Fatality Report Posted - Fatality #1 - February 6, 2018

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Leonard Griffith, a 52-year-old electrician with over 13 years of mining experience, was fatally injured as a result of a rib roll.

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Justice Department Investigating Prosecution Of Coal Executive

A Department of Justice investigation may prove to be vindication for an energy executive-turned-West Virginia politician who has always maintained his innocence regarding a mine disaster that landed him in federal prison.

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MSHA Fatality Report Posted - Fatality #14 - October 23, 2017

On Monday, October 23, 2017, at approximately 4:29 a.m., James R. Adkins, a 48-year-old mine examiner with 18 years of mining experience, fell onto a moving conveyor belt and received fatal injuries.

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Michael Bloomberg Takes on the Coal Industry

Michael Bloomberg has immediately brushed aside the idea that the federal government, in this country, at least, can have a major impact on fuel sources or climate policy.

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Rick Perry Takes Trump's Clean Coal Agenda to India

Energy Secretary Rick Perry will make selling clean coal technology a key part of high-level talks with Indian officials when he travels to the subcontinent Friday.

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GOP-Led Senate Poised to Make Ex-Coal Lobbyist EPA's No. 2

Senate Republicans are moving to confirm a former coal industry lobbyist as the second highest ranking official at the EPA, putting him next in line if embattled administrator Scott Pruitt is forced to resign or is fired.

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Coal Mogul’s Novel Plan to Save Coal Is to Buy It

Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp., said he might buy coal-fired power plants to secure demand for the output from his privately held mining company.

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West Virginia Governor Signs Bills Promoting Safety in the Coal Industry

"By signing these bills today, Governor Justice has reaffirmed his commitment to help us move our industry into the future,” said West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney.

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Thousands Gather in England for Tribute to Mining Heritage

There was much excitement last Friday with the arrival of a 36-foot mechanical statue, unveiled at the Somer Valley campus of Bath College in Westfield, England, during a performance which included music, pyrotechnics and live singing.

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World's First Coal-to-Hydrogen Plant Trial Launched in Victoria, Australia

A demonstration plant will be built in Latrobe Valley, Australia as part of the $496 million project to develop technology to produce hydrogen from the region's vast reserves of coal.

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MSHA Fatality Report Posted - Fatality #13 - September 28, 2017

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, a 39-year-old miner with ten years of mining experience received fatal injuries when coal from the longwall face rolled out and completely covered him.

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Peabody's Wild Boar Mine Honored With National Reclamation Award

Awarded by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission in the coal category, the award recognizes the company's "dedication to the maintenance of environmental protection through efficient mining and reclamation practices."

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Majority of U.S. Voters Support Upgrading the Coal Fleet, Embracing Advanced Technologies

A majority of U.S. voters – 55 percent – believe the U.S. government should take action to upgrade the aging coal and nuclear fleet, according to a poll conducted by Morning Consult for the National Mining Association.

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Biggest Coal-Burning Power Plant in the West is Most Likely Shutting Down

The Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona is struggling to stay open as local utilities that use its power turn to cheaper, greener energy sources.

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RFF Sees the Heat But Not the Blast

Did ancient Pompeii decline because of the heat? Well, yes, heat had much to do with its evisceration. But if you don’t consider the role of Vesuvius you wouldn’t appreciate what happened to Nero’s favorite metropolis.

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Biologically Inspired Membrane Purges Coal-Fired Smoke of Greenhouse Gases

A biologically inspired membrane intended to cleanse carbon dioxide almost completely from the smoke of coal-fired power plants has been developed by scientists at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico.

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Montana Tech Students Display Old-Fashioned Mining Skills at International Competition

Montana Tech’s mining teams did well at the 40th annual International Collegiate Mining Competition hosted by the Camborne School of Mines at King Edward Mine in Cornwall, England.

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Tunnel Ridge Mine Application Proceeds Through Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection Process

The historic village of West Alexander, Pennsylvania is expected to be spared from possible subsidence damages under a West Virginia mine’s plan to expand into western Washington County.

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Coal Retirements Will Cause People to ‘Die in the Dark,’ Says Murray CEO

The CEO of Murray Energy Corp, the largest coal mining company in America, noted that he believes in "all forms of energy, including coal, nuclear, natural gas, wind, solar and other sources," he said. "All of them.”

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Coal Baron: Subsidize Coal ‘To Make Sure Grandma Doesn’t Die On The Operating Table’

In a speech at the annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit, Bob Murray repeatedly dismissed the threat of climate change and instead cautioned that the electrical grid risked collapse without reliable energy from coal-fired plants.

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North Dakota Just Secured The Future Of Its Clean Coal Plants

North Dakota is the first state to secure authority as of Tuesday to regulate carbon capture processes within its boundaries — a victory for the state’s coal industry.

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U.S. Coal Mogul Murray Wants to Run Power Plants Too

Murray Energy Corp. Chief Executive Officer Bob Murray wants to buy coal-fired power plants to shore up his mining company.

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New England Energy Prices Are Becoming A ‘Horror Story’ Because Of Clean Energy

New England’s push to transition its grid from fossil fuels to clean energy is hitting consumers hard with energy rates far above the rest of the nation, The Washington Examiner reported.

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EIA's Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook

The forecast electricity generation share from coal averages 29% in both 2018 and 2019, down from 30% in 2017.

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Why Don Blankenship Still Matters

Unions and environmentalists have long despised Blankenship. Then UBB made him a national pariah, the embodiment of corporate greed.

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Curry Supply Launces New Website Design

The new site features everything that Curry Supply brings to heavy-duty commercial service vehicle manufacturing, with striking photography and video treatments, and user-friendly access on any device.

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Planned Maintenance at Australia's Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal to Start Next Week; One Week Delay

The planned maintenance at Australia's key metallurgical coal export terminal Dalrymple Bay in Queensland, which was due to start this week, has been pushed back to next week, a logistics source told S&P Global Platts Tuesday.

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China Utilities Plan New Coal Import Price Index to Curb Volatility

China’s major utilities are preparing to launch their own coal price index for imports, an official at China Huaneng Group said, in a move the power firms hope will give them more control over how much they pay for their key raw material.

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Indiana Coal Mine Earns Reclamation Award

A southern Indiana coal mine has earned a National Mine Reclamation Award from the Interstate Mining Compact Commission for rehabilitating land after surface mining.

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Oxford Mining Gets Permit for Shugert North Surface Coal Mine in Ohio

Ohio regulators have issued a permit to the state's largest surface coal miner, Oxford Mining, for the company's Shugert North surface mine in Belmont County, a state official said Monday.

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Supreme Court Affirms Decision in Favor of Coal Companies in Water Contamination Suit

West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Gov. Jim Justice's companies in a lawsuit alleging water contamination of private wells.

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Peabody Reduces Interest Rate And Extends Maturity Of Term Loan

The transaction is expected to close on April 11, subject to customary closing conditions.

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Democrats Did Little To Stop A Climate-Denying Coal Lobbyist From Getting EPA’s No. 2 Spot

Andrew Wheeler could become the nation’s next EPA administrator at a time of historic environmental turmoil.

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Conference: World Mining Congress to Promote Science and Technology Cooperation

The 2018 World Mining Congress is billed as the largest industry event that brings together specialists and scientists from 50 countries working in mineral development, science, technology, environmental protection and industrial safety.

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Government, Trade Union Talks Fail to Avert Proposed Coal India Strike

The Indian government’s assurance that Coal India Limited will “maintain its dominant industry position” after coal mining is opened up to private companies has failed to placate workers and more trade unions have joined the planned strike on April 19.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report - April 9, 2018

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending April 6, 2018.

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MSHA Coal Fatality Alert - D-11 Panther, Harlan County, Kentucky, Coal Fatality #4, March 28, 2018

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, a 29-year-old belt foreman with eight years of total mining experience was fatally injured while he and a co-worker were in the process of splicing an underground conveyor belt when the conveyor belt inadvertently started.

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Strata Expanding Product Lines, Expanding Choices

Strata Worldwide has announced StrataConnect DigitalBRIDGE™, a new underground network solution created through a recently established partnership with RFI Technology Solutions of Australia.

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One Year After Bankruptcy, Peabody Expresses Optimism - Though Challenges Remain for Coal Industry

The industry remains besieged by tough market competition, continued closures of coal-fired power plants and still bears fresh scars from high-profile bankruptcies that swept through its ranks and toppled even its largest companies.

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Komatsu America Announces Plans to Move North America Headquarters to Chicago

The new site at Triangle Plaza, 8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., will feature a new, open floorplan, designed to foster more collaboration and cross-functional team communication.

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China Cuts Smog But Burns More Coal

China is claiming significant progress in its battle against smog despite an increase in coal consumption for the first time in four years.

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U.S. Coal Exports Total 8.18 Million MT in February

The slight gain in monthly volumes from January occurred despite a drop in thermal coal volumes, which totaled 3.3 million mt in February, down 12.1% from January but up 17.8% from the year-ago month.

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Coal Severance Tax Revenues Increasing

With a reduction in regulations impacting the coal industry, revenues generated by West Virginia’s coal severance taxes have been going up; however, the amount of mining each county has within its borders determine how much money it generates.

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Mining Memories of Coal's Heyday

Sam Bennett was once a coal miner like his father. Even though he physically left the mines long ago, they are still vivid in his mind and close to his heart.

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Bill Levanti Named Old King Coal for 2018

Levanti spent 30-years in the coal industry, at various locations, and various positions.

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Man Engine Makes its First Appearance in Wales

Man Engine, which resembles a giant miner, was launched in 2016 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site.

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Keyhole Surgery for Miners

ISR refers to the recovery of valuable metals from ore deposits by circulating a fluid underground and recovering the metal from the fluid at the surface for further processing.

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Part of U.S. Highway 30 to be Moved for Expanding Coal Mine

Wyoming's Westmoreland Kemmerer mine will be expanding, with WYDOT moving part of Highway 30 in order to access more coal.

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West Virginia Congressman David McKinley Discusses Opiods, Coal and Midterms

The incumbent representative, who is running for reelection in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, discussed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the opioid crisis, the state of West Virginia’s coal industry and the possibility of Republican loses in November.

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Cornish, England Schoolchildren Competed in Traditional Mining Activities at the School Mining Games

Year eight pupils from across Cornwall, England competed in the first ever Cornwall School Mining Games at the King Edward Mine at Troon.

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Nanty-Glo, Pennsylvania's 100th Anniversary Inspires

Nanty-Glo, Pennsylvania is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer and local history buffs want to celebrate the borough's future and honor its past by upgrading a museum.

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New York Poop Train Won't Derail Coal Fest

Shipping containers filled with sewage sludge from New York and New Jersey have been parked in the small town of Parrish, Alabama since February, but town officials say the smell emanating from the cars won't impact the town's largest event of the year.

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England's Durham Miners' Association Band is Going on Tour to Germany This Week

The Durham Miners’ Association band is touring Wesel, which has been twinned with Durham for 65 years.

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Trump Weighs Propping Up This Financially-Strapped Coal Company

President Donald Trump is now considering using taxpayer money to support an energy company that is being forced to shutter several nuclear plants across Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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Get a Load of the World Coal Carrying Championships

Every Easter Monday since 1963, the World Coal Carrying Championships have presented a challenge for men and women alike in the village of Gawthorpe, near Wakefield, in northern England.

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Contrasting Peabody Energy and Alliance Holdings GP

We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

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Atlantic Metallurgical Coal Prices Slide as Cyclone Iris Concerns Recede

Atlantic coking coal markets weakened Friday as diluting concerns to shipping interruptions from Australia's latest cyclone movements pushed US transactable values for low-vol and high-vol A HCCs a little lower by the end of the week.

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Former Energy Secretary Talks Future of Coal in Montana

Bill Richardson, who served during the Clinton administration, said he is not ready to write off coal all together. He said despite declines in mining and production, coal has a future among other energy sources.

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Lump of Coal in Australia's Stocking Could be Boon for U.S.

U.S. coal shippers are poised to score another victory as a result of problems Down Under.

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Blame Mining Costs, Not Natural Gas For Coal’s Demise

The study used a model that analyzes “closure as a function of expected profits.” Using information from federal databases, the authors were able to isolate the impact of specific “demand and supply shocks.”

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Trump Says He’s Looking at Emergency Aid for Battered Power Plants

“We’ll be looking at” a 202 declaration, Trump said Thursday while visiting West Virginia’s Coal Country. “We’re trying. We’ll be looking at that as soon as we get back.”

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Trump Dines With Energy Lobbyist Whose Client Seeks Power Bailout

The dinner comes at the same time as an affiliate of one of the lobbyist’s clients, FirstEnergy Service Co., is seeking emergency intervention by the administration to save its coal and nuclear power plants.

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A Whistle-Blower Alleges Corruption in Rick Perry’s Department of Energy

Yesterday, Simon Edelman filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the government agency that protects federal employees from improper personnel practices, especially reprisals for whistle-blowing.

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China is Massively Betting on Coal Outside its Borders - Even as Investment Falls Globally

Chinese financial institutions are the world's largest investor of overseas coal plants, pumping in $15 billion in coal projects from 2013 to 2016 through international development funds.

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Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster Remembered on 8-Year Anniversary

Eight years ago, an explosion triggered by a spark from a piece of mining equipment coupled with coal dust traveled through the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, taking the lives of twenty-nine miners and injuring two others.

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Trump Says Emergency Aid Sought by FirstEnergy to be Examined

President Donald Trump said his administration is considering taking extraordinary steps to keep some money-losing power plants alive.

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North Dakota Political Rivals Tout Records on Coal at Industry Gathering

North Dakota political rivals Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer shared a stage Thursday at the Lignite Energy Council annual meeting, each touting their backgrounds in representing North Dakota's coal industry.

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Family Members Gather to Remember the Lives Lost at Upper Big Branch

Twenty-nine hard hats rest atop twenty-nine red wooden crosses. Twenty-nine photos line a metal beam of a coal tipple overhead.

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Trump and the U.S. Need Scott Pruitt to Stay at EPA

“I do,” President Trump said Thursday afternoon when asked by reporters whether he still has confidence in embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. And well the president should.

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Here's Why Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Is Still the Best Coal Miner

Alliance could still be the best coal miner for investors, particularly if you are looking for income. Here's why you shouldn't get too wrapped up in the big gains from Peabody and Arch, and give lagging Alliance a second look.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: April 5, 2018

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending March 31, 2018.

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MSHA Safety Alert Posted - Splicing Conveyor Belts

MSHA has released best practices to follow when splicing a conveyor belt.

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A Common Thread in the Climate Change Debate

EPA’s listening session last week in Gillette, Wyoming brought to an end the coast-to-coast listening sessions where voices from all sides debated the EPA’s future regulation of carbon emissions.

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Unlocking 800 Years of Energy - Theme for Lignite Energy Conference

The theme for the annual Lignite Energy Council meeting held in Bismarck, North Dakota was Unlocking 800 Years of Energy.

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The Country of Georgia Declares April 6 as Day of Mourning

One of the three mine workers injured in in an accident today has told Georgian Economy Minister Dimitri Kumsishvili that the reason behind the accident early this morning was a coal mine bump.

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Mechel Reports the 2017 Financial Results

“The 2017 financial results exceeded those of 2016. High coal prices greatly supported our mining division’s results," said Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov.

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Trump Makes American Coal Great Again — Overseas

U.S. coal exports surged by 60 percent last year to 97 million tons, not far from the record export numbers reached in 2012 when the domestic market for coal nosedived, according to new figures just published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Don Blankenship Releases Statement Ahead of UBB Anniversary

A day before the eighth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship released a statement attacking U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and MSHA.

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Australia's Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Delcares Force Majeure on Coking Coal Loadings

A miner who received the notice late Tuesday said there was already a queue of 20 vessels at the DBCT terminal on Monday, with another 31 vessels arriving in 14 days.

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Steel Industry Group Cheers EPA Move to Revisit Emission Standards

A move by the Environmental Protection Agency this week to revisit federal greenhouse gas standards set by President Barack Obama's administration is a positive for the US steel industry, according to American Iron and Steel Institute CEO Thomas Gibson.

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World Coal Association Responds to BHP Announcement

The World Coal Association is disappointed at BHP’s decision to leave the Association, based on one claimed material policy difference, given it was involved in developing our position on energy and climate change.

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Epiroc Adds Chicago Pneumatic Excavator Attachments to Product Line

The Epiroc RX breakers, RC compactors and CG contractor grapples will feature the same high performance and outstanding reliability as before, with enhanced support from Epiroc’s dedicated hydraulic attachments organization.

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Hampton Roads Coal Exports at Near Four-Year High

Coal exports from terminals in Virginia's Hampton Roads region were at a near four-year high 3.83 million st in March, up 8% from 3.55 million st in February and 15.1% higher than the year-ago month.

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Liebherr Delivers R 9400 Mining Excavator to Trapper Mining Inc.

The Liebherr R9400 mining excavator is the first diesel powered engine that complies with U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final exhaust emission limits and has a rated output of 1,675 hp/1250 kW.

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Leaked Memo: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Taking Control of Clean Water Act Determinations

In the new directive, Pruitt states he will make final critical decisions about preservation of streams, ponds and wetlands.

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Illinois Mining Institute June Scholarship Golf Outing- Register Today!

Raising money for scholarships is the primary purpose of this event - networking and a fun game of golf is the secondary purpose.

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President Trump Has Yet to Save the Struggling Coal Industry, Numbers Show

Coal employment and production are up just slightly, coal consumption is down and coal prices have fallen a little below where they were the day that Trump took office.

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Company With Three Eastern Montana Coal Mines Eyes Bankruptcy

Westmoreland Coal Co. stock fell to 26 cents a share Tuesday after the company with three Montana mines indicated it would consider bankruptcy.

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Arch Coal, Inc. Announces Successful Repricing and Amendment to Credit Agreement

The new interest rate for the approximately $300 million term loan facility is LIBOR plus 275 basis points - reflecting a 50 basis point reduction from its previous level and representing one of the lowest rates in the coal industry.

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MSHA Seeks Feedback on Powered Haulage Safety

The Quarterly Training/Stakeholder call for April will focus on powered haulage safety – a priority issue for MSHA. Far too many miners have been injured and killed in recent accidents that could have been prevented by following proper safety procedures.

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Trump’s Energy Department Continues Efforts Aimed at Bailing Out Coal Industry

The U.S. Department of Energy has shown strong support for slowing or pausing a trend of coal-fired power plant retirements, though it has had little success in getting action that would secure that goal as a U.S. transition from coal has continued.

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White House Lets EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Dangle

President Donald Trump and his chief of staff may be telling Scott Pruitt they have his back, but other White House officials are making it clear that the EPA chief's future in the administration is still very much in doubt.

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Epiroc - Same Products, Same Quality, New Name

In January 2017, Atlas Copco announced their intention to split the Group into two companies: Atlas Copco, with a focus on industrial customers; and Epiroc, with a focus on customers involved in mining, infrastructure and natural resources.

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Alabama Coal Association Names New President

Patrick Cagle has been named the new president of the Alabama Coal Association. The organization represents companies that produce 92 percent of coal production in Alabama.

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FirstEnergy Solutions Begins Bankruptcy

FirstEnergy is one of America’s largest utilities.

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Westmoreland Eyeing Financing Options, Including Chapter 11 Protection

Westmoreland also an auditor's report on its 2017 financials showed "substantial doubt exists as to [its] ability to continue as a going concern."

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Mining and Energy Museum in Ohio Seeks Funding

A group working to preserve part of Ohio's history is looking for a new place to call home.

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Amtrak Edict Threatens Future of New River Train Excursion

“This decision from Amtrak will have a significant impact on the tourism industry in our state,” said West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

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Benjamin Sporton, World Coal Association: There is No Energy Trajectory for India That Does Not Utilize Coal

"Renewable energy generation may have grown at a rapid pace in India in the past few years but coal will continue to occupy a significant role in the country's energy mix for a long time to come," said Benjamin Sporton, CEO of World Coal Association.

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Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority Loan Resulting in Business Expansion and New Jobs in Virginia

A loan up to $600,000 and the creation of 12 to 15 new jobs in Buchanan County, VA, was closed recently by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority for Apex Leasing Corporation, an affiliate of West River Conveyors and Machinery.

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Fears Of Running Out Of Energy Are The Lowest In Nearly Two Decades

Americans’ level of concern over the availability and affordability of energy is at the lowest point in 18 years, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

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Wyoming Coal Country May Experience Steady Demand For Up to 30 Years

The state’s coal industry supplies about 40 percent of national demand, with customers in coal-burning plants located across the west and Midwest.

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Assessing the Fallout of the FirstEnergy Solutions Bankruptcy Filing

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by FirstEnergy Solutions will present a major test of the Trump administration's commitment to coal, according to this analysis from The Wall Street Journal.

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The Cornish in County Durham, England: How 19th Century Mining Migration Shaped the Region

During the 100 years from 1815 to the start of the First World War, it has been estimated that between 250,000 and 500,000 people migrated from Cornwall. More than half of these are thought to have traveled to other areas in the UK such as County Durham.

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Frank Calandra, Inc. Purchases CSA, CDS

JENNMAR Corporation’s parent company, Frank Calandra, Inc., has purchased all outstanding shares of Compliance Staffing Agency and Complete Drilling Solutions, thus fully integrating the two companies into the FCI, Inc. group of companies.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: April 2, 2018

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending March 30, 2018.

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Ukraine Cuts Power to Coal Mines in Lugansk, Leaving 240 People Underground

The Ukrainian energy service has shut down power at coal mines on the territory of the Lugansk region, seeking independence, but officially controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, head of the non-governmental miners union Mikhail Volynets said Monday.

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Man Engine Mechanical Puppet Tour Starts in Cornwall, England

The invention wowed tens of thousands in the county when it first appeared in 2016 to celebrate its mining heritage.

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Coatbridge Summerlee Hosts National Theatre Major Production

Stories of the many shifts put in by the workers who built the world with the rise of Scotland’s steel industry and other key sectors in the country’s proud industrial heritage including coal mining.

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EnerSys vs. Anixter Head to Head Analysis

We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

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North Dakota Land Released

North Dakota has a long history of coal production. With a shortage of trees, settlers used coal for cooking and heating, and it also powered steamboats.

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History of Cowdenbeath and Its Coal Connection

This is the third in a series of articles about Cowdenbeath FC, the home of “The Miners”, located in Fife Scotland, who are seeking support from members of the United States coal industry.

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FirstEnergy's Nuclear, Coal Plant Units File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in U.S.

The companies hold over $550 million in cash, which they expect to be sufficient to continue normal operations during the restructuring process.

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When American Energy Is Strong, Ukraine Is Free

There’s no denying the raw, blatant aggression of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the four years since the invasion of Crimea, Ukraine has borne the brunt of Russia’s expansionism, leaving the country in a frozen conflict.

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A Bipartisan US Group Introduced Another Bill to Support a Controversial Climate Technology

There’s a technology that can put the world on track to beat climate change. But it remains on the fringe because it’s thought to be expensive and risky.

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Westmoreland Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

Westmoreland Coal Company reported revenues of $1.4 billion from 49.7 million tons sold.

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International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

Nominations are being accepted for the best innovators in the mining industry to be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame during the SME Annual Conference in Denver next year.

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Reminder: RMCMI CO/UT Regional Meeting

The Colorado/Utah Regional Meeting will be held in Price, Utah on May 8-9, 2018.

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Tesla Model 3 Costs More To Charge Than A Gasoline Car

So far, in the switch to electric cars, the cost of electricity per mile driven, has not been the subject of much discussion. It’s just somehow assumed that an electric car costs less to drive than a gasoline car.

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U.S. Energy Imports Are the Highest in 35 Years as Exports Shatter Records

The 35-year low in energy imports were largely driven by booming exports of American petroleum products, natural gas, crude oil and coal.

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Underground Rail Transport at South African Mines Not Being Prioritized

Africa has been recruited by several local mining operations to conduct rail track condition assessments and quality-control inspections on underground track infrastructure, with results showing that such infrastructure “is not up to scratch.

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Head to Head Contrast: Contura Energy (CNTE) versus Alliance Holdings GP (AHGP)

We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

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Permit Revision Approved for Cloud Peak Energy's Youngs Creek Mine in Wyoming

Cloud Peak acquired Youngs Creek Mine in 2012 for $300 million.

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How Yorkshire Mining Memorabilia Became Sought After Auction Lots

As memories of a bygone age slowly fade, there has been a surge of interest in reminders of the collieries which produced a peak of 281 million tonnes of coal in 1913 but ended in a long, slow death just over 100 years later.

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