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Trump Expected To Nominate Coal Lobbyist For Top Spot At EPA

Coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler will become EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s second lieutenant.

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U.S. Fossil Fuels Dominate Under Trump

Trump is reopening the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for business, and revisiting the various rules and regulations that contributed to coal’s decline.

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Alliance Coal Executive Touts Trump Administration's Pro-Coal Stance

Heath Lovell, vice president of public affairs for Alliance Resource Partners, offered his take on the recent history, present status and future projections for the coal industry during a Henderson County, Kentucky Republican Party meeting.

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Don Blankenship Defends Safety Record

There are two sides to every story, but generally only one truth. Those were former Massey CEO Don Blankenship's words as he agreed to a sit down interview at his West Virginia home.

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India Imported Coal Worth Over Rs 1 Lakh Crore in FY'17

India, the third largest coal producer in the world, imported 190 million tonnes of the fuel worth over Rs one lakh crore in 2016-17 fiscal, Parliament was informed today.

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Coal Revival? Hampton Roads, Virginia Coal Exports Are Up Big in 2017

From this January through June, coal exports from Hampton Roads, Virginia are up 56 percent from last year, according to T. Parker Host, a Norfolk-based ship agency, the largest in the nation for vessels carrying dry-bulk cargoes.

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Russia's Kolma Offering New Hard Coking Coal With Deni Creek Brand

Russian met coal producer Kolmar Coal Mining Company plans to introduce a new coking coal with its Deni Creek brand mined in South Yakutia, General Director of KLS AG Anna Tsivileva said.

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United Kingdom's Cambourne School of Mines to Host 2018 International Mining Games

The International Mining Games is an annual competition contested by mining schools from across the globe, competing in seven events based on traditional mining techniques.

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Blair Athol Coal Mine Recommissioning Update

TerraCom Ltd through its wholly owned subsidiary Orion Mining has successfully recommissioned the Blair Athol thermal coal mine in Queensland, Australia.

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Profits of China Coal Producers Surge on Capacity Cuts

Chinese coal producers that for years struggled to keep afloat are bouncing back with substantial profit growth as the industry's ongoing downsizing has helped prop up prices and regain a supply-demand balance.

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Navajo Transitional Energy Corp & Bitsi Fuels: Powering the Navajo Nation Economy

The mine is one of the area’s top economic drivers, providing local communities with a wide variety of benefits from jobs to revenue to charitable donations.

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Austin Caperton Calls Federal Conflict of Interest Review Offensive

Austin Caperton, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, objected when a federal ethics officer asked him to provide additional information about his personal finances and his consulting firm, Caperton Energy Co.

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Hexagon Mining Launches Solution for Enhanced Traffic Flow in Mines

U.S.-based Hexagon Mining has unveiled the HxGN Dynamic Haulage 1.0 solution, which is designed to optimize truck movement for mining companies.

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Gas Dominance in U.S. Power at Risk

Natural gas became the top fuel for U.S. power generation last year, but it's a title it could surrender in 2017.

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Coal Exports Exceeded Expectations at Start of Year

U.S. coal exports rose sharply in early 2017 amid increased demand in Asia and Europe.

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Morien Receives First Royalty Payment From Donkin Mine

Morien Resources Corp. has received the first royalty payment from Kameron Collieries (an affiliate of the Cline Group) for production from the Donkin metallurgical coal mine on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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South32's Thermal Coal Output Falls 8% on Year in Fiscal 2016-17

Coal mining company South32's production of thermal coal from its Australian and South African assets fell 8% year on year to 30.29 million mt in fiscal 2016-2017 fiscal (July-June), the company said Thursday.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: July 20, 2017

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ending July 15, 2017.

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US Coal Production Slides Again in Quarter Two of 2017, According to Early MSHA Data

Many of the largest U.S. coal mines continued to throttle down production in the second quarter of 2017 following a brief production surge that began in the last half of 2016.

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Trump Delivering: Coal Industry Alive and Well

"The fact is the president did say he was going to revive the coal industry, and to great extent he has succeeded," he continues. "He's taken it out of a death spiral for one thing," said Luke Popovich, Vice President of Communications for NMA.

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Kemper’s Collapse – A Speed Bump, Not a Dead End

Aside from the customary cynicism here, what truly rankles is the unseemly haste to bury an industry that withstood a regulatory gut punch to generate 30 percent of the nation’s electricity and already sees domestic and offshore demand rising.

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House Republicans Lay Out Their Plan to Rein in the EPA

“The Environmental Protection Agency has long overreached in its duties,” the House budget resolution, released Tuesday, reads.

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Alpha Natural Resources Announces Agreement With Lexington Coal Company

The conveyance will include approximately 280 permits, substantial reclamation equipment, ongoing royalty payments associated with these properties and 100 million tons of reserves, Alpha said in a news release.

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Rick Perry Says ‘Clean’ Coal Will Shape America’s Energy Future

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry emphasized in a recent interview that clean coal will highlight his energy agenda, utilizing American innovation to pursue cleaner, cheaper coal while creating jobs in the process.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Question Utility's Exit From Coal

State lawmakers from coal industry-dependent regions of northwestern New Mexico urged utility regulators to consider the local economic consequences of utility plans to shut down two coal-fired power plants and related mining operations.

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Trump's Influential Pick for Ambassador to Canada Faces Senate Hearing

U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for the next ambassador to Canada, a deep-pocketed Republican donor with influential allies in Congress and family ties with a Kentucky coal empire, faces her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

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Murray Energy Corporation Requests Assistance from the Surface Transportation Board of the United States Due to Service Delays Caused by CSX Corporation

Mr. Robert E. Murray, the Chairman President, and Chief Executive Officer of Murray Energy, said the situation has become absolutely intolerable and must be resolved immediately.

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Commissioners Work to Ratify Letter Regarding Arch's Mining Expansion

At a work session this past Tuesday, Gunnison County, Colorado commissioners initially agreed to disagree on a letter of support for Arch Coal’s request to expand by 1,722 acres its current land lease with the United States Forest Service.

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Glencore Strikes to Spread to Sixth Hunter Valley Coal Mine

Industrial action at Glencore's Hunter Valley coal mining operations in New South Wales, Australia, is set to escalate, with workers from a sixth company mine seeking court approval to join their 1,400 colleagues on strike.

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Coal Industry Making Significant Strides Under Trump, Coal Exports Have Risen 60% In 3 Months

I remember hearing one of the women on ‘The View’ recently talking about how Trump hasn’t done anything for the coal industry and that the voters should be upset with him for being dishonest about his pledge. That was definitely a head scratcher for a cou

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President Trump Delivers for West Virginia Coal

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s recent visit to West Virginia serves to underscore the importance of West Virginia coal to President Donald Trump and his administration.

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Corsa Coal Provides Interim Update and Announces Second Quarter 2017 Reporting Date

Corsa's metallurgical coal sales in second quarter 2017 were 397,864 tons, an increase of 35% from first quarter 2017 levels.

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Orion Mining Recommissions Blair Athol Coal Mine

The Blair Athol coal mine in Queensland, Australia is on track to be producing at full capacity before the end of this year, according to its owner.

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EIA Assumptions to the Annual Energy Outlook 2017

This report presents the major assumptions of the National Energy Modeling System used to generate the projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2017.

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Advanced Scalable Technology for the New Cat® MD6310 Rotary Blasthole Drill Improves Drilling Efficiency and Productivity

Building on the solid legacy of the MD6420C, the new Cat® MD6310 blasthole drill offers substantial technology, efficiency and productivity improvements.

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Glencore Mulls Spinning Off Mining Royalties Into New Company

The spin-off business would go after royalty agreements in copper, zinc, nickel and cobalt, worth more than $300 million, while looking to attract a strategic partner to fund further deals.

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Climate Hustle is a Hit Down Under!

Large audiences in Melbourne and Brisbane flocked to the screening of CFACT’s film over the last few days, and the reactions have been nothing short of glowing.

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Coal Mine Sold for Less Than $1 Reopens, to Reach Full Production by Year-End

One of Australia’s oldest open pit coal mines is now open again and its new owner TerraCom expects it to be producing at full capacity before year end.

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German Energy Expert Talks Coal in Eastern Kentucky

German energy officials talked about how German coal communities have survived following massive job losses in that industry.

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Recent Awards of Multiple U.S. Patents Reinforce Spectro Scientific’s Leadership Role in Fluid Analysis Solutions

Spectro Scientific recently was awarded three U.S. patents covering a spectrum of analysis technologies ranging from portable instruments and software to online sensors.

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Japan, China, South Korea Bankroll Indonesia's Coal Despite Paris Pledge

Japan, China and South Korea are bankrolling environmentally destructive coal-fired power plants in Indonesia despite their pledges to reduce climate-changing emissions under the Paris climate deal, analysts told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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U.S. Coal Exports Boomed During Trump’s First Months In Office

U.S. coal exports were nearly 60 percent higher in the first three months of the Trump administration than at the same time last year, according to federal data.

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U.S. Coal Exports Surge on Sales to Europe, Asia

U.S. coal exports rose sharply in early 2017 amid increased demand in Asia and Europe.

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Caterpillar Launches New Rotary Blasthole Drill

Caterpillar has released the Cat MD6310 blasthole drill which offers increased efficiency and productivity.

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Thousands of Boy Scouts Bound for West Virginia for National Jamboree

More than 40,000 people will arrive in West Virginia Wednesday to spend 10 days hiking, biking, camping and giving back to local communities as part of the Boy Scouts of America’s national Jamboree.

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A Step Toward Scientific Integrity at the EPA

The Trump administration in May began the process of replacing the small army of outside science advisers at the Environmental Protection Agency. In June, 38 additional EPA advisers were notified that their appointments would not be renewed in August.

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Perry Touts Energy Exports, Awaits Study on Electric Grid

The Trump administration is pushing for increased exports of natural gas and other energy sources as it seeks U.S. "energy dominance" in the global market, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday.

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EPA Mulls Unions' Ideas for a Trump Clean Coal Power Plan

The EPA is reviewing the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan as part of a process that ultimately will see the plan repealed or re-proposed as a replacement rule that it can justify as legally defensible under the Clean Air Act.

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Ukraine’s Leading Coal and Power Holding DTEK Energy Boosts Coal Production at Remaining Mines 19% in 1H17

In June alone, DTEK Energy mined 1.86 mmt of hard steam coal, which is 10% more yoy and flat compared to May, on a daily average basis.

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Rising Demand for Coal Lifts Job Confidence

Over the decade from 2006 to 2016, coal mining and its support jobs were down 37.6 percent, a drop of more than 3,100 jobs, according to data from the state Department of Labor and Industry provided by Deputy Communications Director Lindsay Bracale.

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More Than 400 Cars Registered for 13th Friends of Coal Auto Fair

More than 400 cars ranging from muscle cars to customs from all years were registered for the Friends of Coal Auto Fair's 13th annual event.

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Perry Praises Clean Coal, but Trump Administration Policies Don’t Promote It

On his first official visit to West Virginia, Energy Secretary Rick Perry praised the work of the scientists at a federal laboratory devoted to figuring out how to burn more coal with less pollution.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: July 17, 2017

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending July 14, 2017.

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Caterpillar Yellow Iron a Highlight of White House Made in America Showcase

Today Caterpillar Inc. brought its iconic yellow iron to the White House as part of a "Made in America" event to showcase products built in the United States.

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Coal Capacity Targets Well on Track

China is on track to meet its target to cut coal production capacity this year - and would likely top the goal - with further reductions expected in the second half, according to a leading expert on the sector.

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Coal Back in Demand Again, With Price Spike

Queensland, Australia's dominant commodity, coking coal, is back in demand again with its price spiking to $US153 a tonne in recent weeks, a rise of almost 10%.

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Sandvik Divests Conveyor Components as the Final Step in Exiting Mining Systems

As announced on July 12, 2017, Sandvik signed an agreement to divest the project business in Mining Systems to FLSmidth.

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Defends Coal Industry

Speaking at the Liberal National Party state convention in Brisbane on Saturday, Mr. Turnbull also criticized the Queensland government for what he described as its ‘reckless’ plans to ensure Queensland’s energy supply is carbon neutral by 2050.

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Rising Demand for Coal Lifts Job Confidence

Although coal jobs are down, the demand is up for both anthracite coal, at 18 percent, and bituminous coal, at 21 percent, according to Duane Feagley, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Counsel, based in Pottsville.

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The World's Biggest Coal Exporter Readies for a Fresh Investment Wave

Mining companies in Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of iron ore and coal, are poised to approve fresh investments in projects, driven by rallying commodity prices and the need to replace depleting deposits.

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Thurmond, West Virginia Hosts Fourth Annual Train Day

Although Thurmond, West Virginia has a population ranging from about five to 12 full-time residents, the Fayette County town sees hundreds of people walking the streets for its Train Day.

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Robert C. Byrd Institute Ramps Up Efforts to Help Southern West Virginia

Manufacturing equipment like the FORTUS 900mc 3D Printer, the EOSINT M280 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering System and the Abrasive Water Jet Machine produce solutions for West Virginia companies of all sizes in the fight to survive the rapidly changing busine

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Arch Coal at Crossroads in Review

Arch Coal wants to build a temporary pad for one of a number of exploratory wells it hopes to drill on some 1,700 acres of the roadless area if it’s able to obtain coal lease modifications from the federal government for its West Elk Mine.

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Peabody Announces Effectiveness Of Form S-1 Resale Registration Statement

Peabody will not receive any proceeds from the sale of any securities covered by the registration statement.

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EIA: Coal to Edge Out Natural Gas in 2017

The EIA report projects coal will fuel 31.3 percent of electricity in the U.S. in 2017, compared with 31.1 percent for natural gas.

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Should Advanced Coal Projects Be Part Of The Green Climate Fund?

The Green Climate Fund has about $7 billion in its coffers, which has been provided by governments, lending institutions and private enterprises. Another $3 billion has been promised, although that takes into account President Obama’s earlier pledge.

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Centralia Coal Mine Reunion Set for August

On Aug. 19-20, former Centralia, Pennsylvania coal miners will reassemble for a reunion that will include a tour of their old work site.

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North Korea Ban Lifts Coking Coal Price

The price of coking coal jumped on Friday with the industry benchmark price tracked by the Steel Index up 2.8% to $167.60 a tonne. Premium hard coking coal prices (FOB Australia) are now at the highest level since mid-May.

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. & Peabody Energy Critical Contrast

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Peabody Energy has a beta of -2.55, meaning that its stock price is 355% less volatile than the S&P 500.

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Alpha Natural Resources Reacts to Worries Over Fake News Story

A story circulating on Facebook claiming Alpha Natural Resources will shutdown all West Virginia mining operations is a hoax.

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Kingsport, Tennessee Coal Mining Company Pleads Guilty to Giving Advance Notice of Safety Inspections

Mill Branch Coal, LLC, entered the guilty plea this week in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon to violating the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act. The company pleaded guilty to one count of providing advance notice of safety inspections.

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Department of Environmental Quality Shares Video of Coal Mine Reclamation in Montana

“DEQ and the mines work together to bring a problem-solving mentality to the process,” said DEQ Director Tom Livers. “The goal is to take what we have today, and figure out how we can make it better tomorrow.”

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Op-Ed: The Salt Lake Tribune is Biased Against Murray Energy

Our experience with The Salt Lake Tribune over more than a decade has shown that this newspaper and its writer, Mr. Robert Gehrke, are more interested in creating biased, false news than in reporting the fact.

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Labels Coal Opponents Delusional

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has mounted a defense of coal-powered electricity, saying those who think the resource doesn't have a future are "delusional".

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Glencore Establishes Mates in Mining Suicide Support Group

Swiss mining giant Glencore is establishing an Australian beachhead in the fight against suicide with a radical program already under way in the historic mining town of Clermont, southwest of Mackay.

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Two Charts That Show China's Importance to the Global Coal Industry

China remains a global force when it comes to coal consumption, burning more than all other countries combined over the past five years.

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Strata Announces Acquisition of Precision Mine Repair Assets

Strata Mine Services LLC, a division of Strata Products Worldwide LLC, has completed an asset acquisition agreement with Precision Mine Repair, Inc. of Ridgway, Illinois.

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Laid Off Workers Called Back to Bluefield, Virginia Manufacturer

About 65 laid off and newly hired employees clocked in at the Komatsu Mining Corp. on Hockman Pike in Bluefield, Virginia, ready to start manufacturing heavy-duty coal equipment.

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Eco-Dystopia

If Al Gore and his EcoCity 2017 friends have their way, a Brave New World ‘ECOCITY’ will be coming to a place near you.

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CEDAR Golf Classic

This year, the captain’s choice golf tournament will be held in conjunction with the Bluefield Coal Show at the “Fincastle on the Mountain” in Bluefield, Virginia on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

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Don Blankenship Considers US Senate Campaign

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship confirmed Thursday that he was considering a campaign for U.S. Senate.

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BorgWarner Receives Multiple Quality Excellence Certifications from Caterpillar

BorgWarner's facility in Ningbo, China, received platinum certification for 2016, the program's highest honor and a first for a Caterpillar turbocharger supplier in China. The facility also achieved gold certification in 2015.

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Coeur Mining Receives NMA’s CORESafety Certification

The National Mining Association today recognized Coeur Mining, Inc. for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system.

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Mine Safety Agency Re-Launches Annual Program to Prevent Roof and Rib Fall Accidents

The federal agency said that underground coal mine accidents from roof falls, rib falls, and coal bursts are still a leading cause of injuries, even though roof control technology improvements have reduced incident numbers significantly.

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Clean Coal Tax Credit Gets a New Bipartisan Push in Senate

A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday reintroduced a bill to expand a tax credit in hopes of spurring investment in the costly technology.

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Mountaintop Coal Mining Causes Appalachian Rivers to Run Consistently Saltier

Mountaintop-removal coal mining causes many streams and rivers in Appalachia to run consistently saltier for up to 80 percent of the year, a new study by researchers at the University of Wyoming and Duke University finds.

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Carbon Capture and Utilization

A bipartisan bill to boost the troubled carbon capture and storage industry already has the support of more than two dozen U.S. senators.

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Hamburg and Wilsonville

As the president debated environmental and economic concerns with G-20 worthies in Hamburg last week, his cabinet officers were discussing them with locals here at home.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: July 13, 2017

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ending July 8, 2017.

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Rewiring the Grid for Green Energy is Not Gonna be Cheap, Study Finds

Efforts to update the electric grid to better handle variable energy output from wind and solar power haven’t been effective and would be expensive.

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Mozambique, Africa to Ship First Metallurgical Coal Cargo to Top Seaborne Exporter Australia

Brazilian mining major Vale had fixed a vessel to carry a 70,000 mt (plus/minus 10%) metallurgical coal cargo from Nacala in Mozambique to Port Kembla in Australia loading between July 13 and 15, market sources said Thursday.

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US Senate Bill Would Help With Carbon Capture

A bill re-introduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday would pay up to $50 a ton to entities capturing CO2 pollution from coal-fired power plants and other sources of carbon emissions.

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Five Southwest Virginia Companies Increase International Sales by More than $2 Million

“My administration remains focused on diversifying and building a new Virginia economy, which is especially important for Southwest Virginia and regions that have been hit hard by industry loss,” McAuliffe said.

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Coal Projected to be US Top Generating Fuel in 2017

Coal is projected to provide the majority of US power generation in 2017, retaking the crown from natural gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration's monthly Short Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday.

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New Carbon Capture Bill Has Bipartisan Backing From 25 Senators

Legislation that would expand the tax credit for carbon capture, allowing companies to retain incentives to invest in the costly technology, was introduced on Wednesday with bipartisan support from 25 senators.

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Citi Lowers 2017 Newcastle Thermal Coal Price Forecast on Weakening Demand

Citi lowered its 2017 forecast for Newcastle thermal coal on expectations of weakening demand and said that the global seaborne market could become more volatile in the longer run.

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North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp Introduces Bill to Extend Coal Tax Credits

Many in the coal industry say they have felt persecuted over the last decade as many have moved toward cleaner sources of energy like wind or solar. Wednesday, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp introduced a bill aimed at bucking that trend.

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Gunnison County, Colorado Commissioners Ask Hard Questions Over Coal Mine Expansion

Arch Coal, owner of the West Elk Mine in Somerset, Colorado, is holding on by its fingernails to stay in business for a few more years in light of a depressed coal market and a new energy reality.

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Super Hot Coal Markets Brace for Regulators' Reaction

A prolonged heatwave across northern China, hydropower cuts in the south, a fresh campaign on mine safety and imports curbs have triggered a weeks-long rally in the world’s top buyer of the fuel.

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NMA Exposes Deep Flaws in EPA’s 2017 Financial Assurance Rule

The EPA's proposal to impose new financial responsibility requirements on the hardrock mining and mineral processing industry is wholly without merit, claimed NMA today in voluminous comments filed with the agency.

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Indiana Coal Plant Delays Pollution Control Amid EPA Uncertainty

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. said it will hold off on installing wastewater pollution controls at its largest coal plant in Indiana as industry groups continue to challenge the EPA ruling that led to the installation plan.

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$1.5 Million Renovation Complete at Cape Breton Miners Museum in Canada

The museum in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia had already fallen into disrepair before it sustained additional damage in the Thanksgiving Day storm last October.

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Trump Gets the Chance to Make His Coal Rhetoric Reality

A bipartisan group of senators are introducing legislation that would give President Trump the chance to put his bill-signing hand where his mouth has been.

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Shenhua Watermark's Mining License in Liverpool Plains Partly Bought Back by NSW Government

The New South Wales, Australia Government is buying back a majority of the controversial Shenhua Watermark Coal exploration license.

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Sandvik Exits From the Project Business in Mining Systems

Mining Systems is a supplier of design and engineering of material handling systems. In 2016 the operations had annual sales of 2.9 billion SEK.

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IEA Warns on Supply as Energy Investment Falls

Global energy investment has fallen for the second year in a row as both governments and the private sector ramp up spending on energy efficiency and electricity networks.

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CONSOL Energy Contemplates Total Coal, Gas Split

The NYSE-listed stock of CONSOL Energy on Tuesday rose 6.6%, following the company’s pre-market announcement that it would separate its coal and natural gas business units into two publicly traded companies.

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Minerals Council of Australia Slams Victorian Government's Brown Coal Policy

The Minerals Council of Australia has slammed Victoria Government’s new Future Uses of Brown Coal policy designed to increase investment opportunities while balancing the state’s environmental needs.

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Shanxi Approves 13 Coal Mines With 12.9 MTPA Capacity

China's coal-rich Shanxi province has approved 13 coal mines with total capacity of 12.9 Mtpa, one of steps to facilitate high-quality capacity release, said the provincial coal industry administration.

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India in Talks With Canada's Teck Resources to Buy Coking Coal

India is in talks today with Canada's Teck Resources, North America's largest producer of coking coal used to make steel, looking to make long-term arrangements after coal shipments from Australia were disrupted by a powerful cyclone earlier this year.

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David B. Akers, A True Advocate for Coal, Passes

David B. Akers departed this life surrounded by his beloved family on Saturday morning July 8, 2017. David was 68 years old.

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Westmoreland Coal Company Announces Additional Coal Sales at Kemmerer, Wyoming in 2018

Westmoreland Coal Company today announced that it has amended an agreement with PacifiCorp to sell approximately 1 million additional tons of coal during 2018 than previously expected.

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Poland to Generate Nearly 60 Percent of Energy From Coal in 2030

Nearly 60 percent of Polish energy in 2030 will come from bituminous coal and lignite, Deputy Energy Minister Grzegorz Tobiszowski said on Tuesday.

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EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook

Coal's forecast generation share rises from 30% in 2016 to 31% in both 2017 and 2018.

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Can Community Colleges Breathe New Life Into Coal Country?

The decline of the coal industry has created an opportunity for community colleges to work with workforce-development organizations, local employers and economic development coalitions to assist in shifting and revitalizing local economies.

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Penn State Energy and Mineral Engineering Professor Awarded SME Career Development Grant

The grant program was designed to help rebuild the mining school faculty pipeline by awarding grants to provide financial support for industry educators and their research, publications and professional services.

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Energy Economics Group Says Export Market for Australian Coal Will Decline

As Australia mulls the building of its biggest-ever export thermal coal mine, its biggest foreign buyers look set to reduce their consumption, driving down the price of Australian coal, and the profitability of its mines.

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South32 Declares Force Majeure on Australian Illawarra Coking Coal

Australian metallurgical coal miner South32 has declared force majeure on its Illawarra coal Monday, due to unsafe gas levels and intervention by the regulator to halt production, three customers told S&P Global Platts Tuesday.

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CONSOL Energy Announces Filing of Form 10 Registration Statement for Spin-Off of its Pennsylvania Mining Operations and Other Coal Assets; Second Quarter 2017 Earnings Release and Call Schedule

The spin-off would provide current shareholders ownership in two leading and focused companies, each positioned to capitalize on distinct opportunities for future growth and profitability.

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Kentucky Law Reducing Inspections for Coal Mines a Concern for Safety Experts, Miners

Three of the six required state inspections can now be replaced with a “safety analysis” visit that focuses on teaching miners better safety practices, Dylan Lovan reports for The Associated Press.

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National Mining Association President Hal Quinn Encouraged by Trump's Resource Development Policies

After eight years of battling anti-mining policies by the Obama Administration, NMA is cautiously optimistic about the positive change in the tone and substance of U.S. resource development policies since Donald Trump was elected president.

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The Way to Improve Safety of Miners Rests in Your Workplace Culture

The concept of “workplace culture” is usually synonymous with work environments that include perks like free canteen meals, employee retreats and in house-laundry services.

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China Steel Output Rise Supporting Metallurgical Coal Price Recovery

China's steel production growth and tighter domestic coal supplies are likely driving a rebound in met coal prices, analysts at investment bank FBR said Monday.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: July 10, 2017

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending July 7, 2017.

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Analysts Trim Commodity Forecasts, Shining Spotlight on Miners

Several agencies have downgraded their forecasts on key Australian commodity exports, potentially posing problems for Australia’s listed resource exporters.

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West Virginia Attorney General Morrisey Announces Run for US Senate Seat

West Virginia's Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Monday launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Joe Manchin.

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Illawarra Metallurgical Coal Update

A review of the operation's systems and operating practices is currently being undertaken to ensure its ongoing safety and reliability.

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Adani's Carmichael Coal Mine has Slow Official Start Planned, Leaked Document Shows

The giant Indian conglomerate Adani last month announced that its board had given final investment approval to its controversial mega-mine in North Queensland, and declared the "official start" of the Carmichael coal mining project.

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China's SPIC Hints at Merger With China Huaneng

China's state energy giant State Power Investment Corporation has indicated a potential merger with China Huaneng Group, another state power company.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Says Coal-Fired Power Plants Important in US Future

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday that coal-fired power plants are important for the country's future, and he suggested that energy supply will spark demand.

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Rick Perry: Research Being Done at Pittsburgh Lab Gives Hopes to Families

Energy Secretary Rick Perry touted the work being done to find more efficient and economical ways to find, extract and use fossil fuels and mocked those who call the “science settled” on their usefulness, availability and byproducts.

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The Case for President Trump

For those who voted for President Trump, here are 15 things we can share about why we still support his administration.

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Electricity in Focus for Queensland, Australia Election

Skyrocketing energy prices will be a central talking point for the upcoming state election among Southern Downs candidates in Queensland, Australia.

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IMI Annual Event - Registration Now!

This year marks the 125th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Mining Institute.

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China Wraps Up Combustible Ice Mining Trial, Setting World Records

China on Sunday completed a 60-day trial of mining gas hydrates, commonly known as combustible ice, in the South China Sea, marking breakthroughs in human's search for alternative clean energy sources.

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Arch Coal, Inc. Class A and Peabody Energy Head to Head Comparison

Arch Coal, Inc. Class A and Peabody Energy are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment?

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Morgantown, West Virginia Coal-Fired Plant is the Most Efficient in North America

The Longview Power Plant uses modern techniques that allows less coal to be burned at lower temperatures while still yielding more electrical power than conventional plants.

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North Dakota Coal Industry is Alive and Well

“The coal industry has rolled back considerably from what it was 10 to 20 years ago, but we haven’t seen that in North Dakota,” said Dean Bangsund, an economist at North Dakota State University.

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Atlas Copco Launches 6th Sense - The Digital Path for Whole of Systems Integration in Mining, Quarrying and Tunneling

“6th Sense is all about interoperability, advanced data analytics and a work process where we help our customers take the right steps towards improved operations," said Olav Kvist, Vice President Mining Technology.

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Polish Coal Mining Company Reduces 2017 Coal Output Target to 32 Million Tonnes

Poland’s state-run PGG, one of the biggest coal mining firms in the European Union, said on Friday it had reduced its 2017 coal production target by 2 million tonnes to about 32 million.

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Shanxi Coal Firms to Speed Up Restructuring After Losses

Major coal companies in North China’s Shanxi Province are expected to speed up their merger and restructuring process, after all three major producers in the province reported losses in the first quarter, despite a recovery in prices.

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The Abandoned Mine Land Fund Should Not be Treated as a Slush Fund

Big money attracts big interests in Washington, D.C. The Abandoned Mine Land fund, which collects and disburses billions of dollars to reclaim abandoned coal mines, is no exception.

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Wind and Solar Exposed

Wind and solar are anything but clean or Green.

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Weather Plays Havoc With China Coal Imports, Prices

Thermal coal prices in Asia have had a strong run recently, amid Chinese demand and supply disruptions in major exporters, but these factors point to a temporary boost rather than any structural change.

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Coal Markets Brace for China Reaction After Prices Near 600 Yuan Threshold

A prolonged heatwave across northern China, hydropower cuts in the south, a fresh crackdown on mine safety and imports curbs have triggered a weeks-long rally in the world's top buyer of the fuel.

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The Sights and Sounds of the Big Meeting as Record Crowds Pour Into England's Durham City Center

The 133rd Durham Miners' Gala in England has attracted a record crowd of more than 200,000 people, organizers of the event say.

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Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta Offers Updates on New Uses for Coal

“We have something here that the world needs,” Barletta said Friday while addressing the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce at Capriotti’s Catering.

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Rich Trzupek: Real Energy Expert Destroys John Oliver’s Ignorant, Profanity-Laced Rant About Coal

Oliver’s coal rant was so full of misrepresentations, exaggerations and confusion that I could probably burn half a dozen columns explaining them all.

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Excitement Building in Durham, England Ahead of the Biggest Meeting

Over 200,000 people are expected in the city center tomorrow (Saturday, July 8) for the biggest gathering of trade unionists in Europe.

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Seeking Value in the Coal Industry

Oklahoma-based Alliance Resource Partners LP, a $1.41 billion coal company, reported 11.7% year-over-year revenue growth to $461.08 million in the first quarter.

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Sandvik Intelligent Trucks Automate Haulage With Automine®

Sandvik is introducing new intelligent mining trucks for automated haulage, delivering tangible benefits in safety, productivity and profitability. Paired with AutoMine® Trucking, mines can increase haulage production by as much as 30 percent.

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Making a Case for Urethane Parts: 5 Key Factors to Consider

These tough, elastic materials retain their original shape for a long service life, while offering a number of unique properties and capabilities.

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From 30 to 0 - A History of Nottinghamshire's Coal Mines

Historically Nottinghamshire was always a major supplier of coal for industry and home consumption, particularly during the 19th and early 20th century, and there have been many mines to the north and the west of Retford.

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Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Climate Data

“Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published [global average surface temperature (GAST)] data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study.

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Rock Springs BLM Approves the Mining of 9.2 Million Tons of Coal

The lease modification is located within the existing Black Butte Surface Mine, which is located 25 miles east of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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Coal CEO Admits That Clean Coal is a Myth

While President Donald Trump continues to tout “clean” coal, coal baron Robert Murray says it’s just a fantasy

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Sagging Demand in China, India to Likely Weigh on Thermal Coal Prices

Weakening demand at major consumers India, China and South Korea is likely to weigh down thermal coal prices going up to 2019, according to a report released by Australia's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Friday.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: July 6, 2017

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ending July 1, 2017.

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Visits Longview Power Plant to Discuss the Future of Clean Coal and Coal-Fired Electric Power Generation

Longview Power is an example of a new generation of highly efficient and very low emissions clean coal power plants. The plant is the most efficient, and one of the cleanest, coal-fired power plants in the United States.

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Energy Secretary Perry Says Time to Educate the Rest of America About Coal During Morgantown, WV Visit

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the Longview Power Plant near Morgantown, WV proves you can burn coal cleanly. Perry, who toured the Maidsville plant Thursday, says his boss–President Donald Trump agrees.

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Roof Fall Accidents Decline, But Remain Leading Cause of Coal Miner Injuries

Since 2013, roof and rib falls or coal bursts led to the deaths of five continuous mining machine operators, and injured 83 other operators.

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Caterpillar Campus in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin is For Sale

The complex, which once employed 10 percent of the city’s population, is tightly nestled between Milwaukee, 10th and Rawson avenues, stretching three long blocks from east to west and six blocks north to south in the heart of the city.

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Trump in Warsaw, Poland Warns Future of West is as Risk

In the shadow of a monument to the wartime Warsaw uprising, President Donald Trump praised Poland’s fighting spirit on Thursday and warned that the West is under threat today.

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US Coal Mining Surges

Among three countries, production through May is up by at least 121 million tons compared to the same period last year.

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Marshall County, West Virginia Miner Takes UMWA International Position

Levi Allen of Moundsville, began coal mining in 2007, working at the now-Marshall County mine as a general inside laborer. After working as a beltman, he earned his electrician’s card and began working as a mechanic and electrician at the site.

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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Helping with Mine Workers' Pensions

After a successful campaign to win back their healthcare benefits, the democratic Senator met with former coal miners in Martins Ferry to push a bill to restore their pensions.

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Coal Comeback?

Is it a coal comeback or a simply a dirty business whose time has come and gone? The answer varies from person to person.

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Murray Energy Defamation Suit Against HBO, John Oliver Moves to Federal Court

In addition to HBO and Oliver, the suit also names Partially Important Productions LLC; Time Warner, owner of HBO; and Senior News Producer Charles Wilson.

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Coal Researchers Meet in Mackay, Australia

The biennial meeting offers participants an insight into the latest ACARP-sponsored coal research and development, including methods to understand and prevent coal miner's pneumoconiosis or black lung disease.

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Atlas Copco Completes Acquisition of Swedish Mining Intelligence Business

Atlas Copco, a leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, has completed the acquisition of part of Mobilaris MCE AB, a Sweden-based company that provides advanced software that optimizes underground mining operations.

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Simmons Equipment Company Teams Up with Coal Miner Exchange

"The internet has no boundaries and we want to take full advantage of the experience and reputation in the industry offered by both CoalZoom and Coal Miner Exchange," said Matt Simmons, President and CEO, Simmons Equipment Company.

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Clean Coal Could Trump Renewables Bill in Australia

A high-efficiency, low emissions coal-fired station would cost less than the almost A$3 billion (roughly $2.3bn) of subsidies handed out for renewable projects each year, a study published Monday argues.

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Don't Count Out Coal Yet

Breakthroughs and cost reductions with advanced coal technology – such as supercritical coal combustion and carbon capture; utilization; and storage – could upend perceptions about coal's environmental impact.

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Northern Coalfields, a Coal India Subsidiary, to Use Drones for Survey

Northern Coalfields, a Coal India subsidiary, will soon use drones for survey and ground profiling of four mines of its ten mines with director general of civil aviation already clearing its use.

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Brokers Set Expectations for Warrior Met Coal LLC’s Q4 2017 Earnings

Equities research analysts at FBR & Co reduced their Q4 2017 earnings estimates for Warrior Met Coal in a research note issued last Friday.

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Taking the Facts Down Under

Australia is one of America's staunchest allies and dearest friends. The continent teems with unique flora and fauna and is blessed with abundant energy resources. How ironic is it that Australians are bracing for energy starvation amidst such plenty.

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Long-Term Future for Coal Unclear

U.S. electricity producers burned about 110 million tons of West Virginia coal in 2007, but that number fell by 60 percent to about 44 million tons by 2016, according to a new West Virginia University report.

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Chinese Firms to Build 700 Coal Plants

When China halted plans for more than 100 new coal-fired power plants this year, even as US President Donald Trump vowed to "bring back coal" in America, the contrast seemed to confirm Beijing's new role as a leader in the fight against climate change.

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Clean Coal Cheaper Than Previously Thought, Says Mineral Council

The cost of building a next-generation coal fired-power station is almost $1 billion cheaper than previously thought, according to new reports commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia.

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India's National Thermal Power Corporation Limited Bets $10 Billion on Coal Power Despite Surplus, Green Concerns

India's state-run power utility plans to invest $10 billion in new coal-fired power stations over the next five years despite the electricity regulator's assessment that thermal plants now under construction will be able to meet demand until 2027.

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North Dakota Advocates Funding for Clean Coal Technology, But Trump's Budget Cuts Research

President Donald Trump says he wants to save coal, but his budget proposal includes steep cuts for research that could advance the industry.

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Happy Fourth of July From CoalZoom.com!

Happy Fourth of July From CoalZoom.com!

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Even as Renewables Increase, Fossil Fuels Continue to Dominate US Energy Mix

In 2016, fossil fuels accounted for 81% of total U.S. energy consumption, the lowest fossil fuel share in the past century.

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Appeals Court Rules Against EPA in Methane Gas Regulations

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled Monday that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt lacks the authority to suspend rules that oil and gas companies monitor and fix methane gas leaks.

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Coal-Fired Power Station the Best Option Industry Body Says

A flash low emissions coal-fired power station is the most cost effective way to bring down Australia's rising power prices while being environmentally conscious a report released today has revealed.

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What Would Be The Point of Scott Pruitt's Red Team Blue Team Climate Exercise?

Such an exercise would have a “red team” write a critique of the scientific consensus with a “blue team” writing a rebuttal to that critique.

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First Coal Sales From Blair Athol in August

Terramin is recommissioning its Blair Athol coal mine in Queensland, Australia and is on track to deliver first sales in August and will then quickly ramp up to the 2 million tonne per annum annualized rate in early Q4 2017.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: July 3, 2017

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending June 26, 2017.

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Whether to Compete with China on the Coal Market?

The scale of the reduction in imports is a mystery. It is known that many small and medium-sized ports in China refuse to accept delivery of coal, but a major sea harbor is still open for its reception.

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New Heritage Trail Aims to Remember Westoe, England's Mining Past

The history of South Tyneside, England's last working mine is being kept alive with the launch of a heritage trail. Hundreds of people descended on Westoe Crown Village to see former miner Jimmy Rylance unveil a sign heralding the history of Westoe Pit.

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Coal Will Not Be Ruled Out, Says Prime Minister of Australia

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused to rule out federal government support for new clean coal-fired power stations to help drive down record energy bills.

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Uzbekistan to Modernize Coal Industry

Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has approved the Program for Further Development and Modernization of the Coal Industry until 2021, the Jahon information agency reported.

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Coal Industry Poised for a Comeback in Trump's First Year

The coal industry is poised for a small comeback this year on expectations natural gas prices will rise, according to U.S. Energy Department forecasts.

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US Coal's Future - Not Exactly Bullish, But Hardly Bearish

What gets lost in a blur of doom-filled headlines is the fact that a significant amount of electricity consumed in the US is still fueled by coal.

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Coal: The Next Chapter

The new administration in Washington, D.C., has a sharply different vision for the development and use of our nation’s abundant energy resources, including coal. These riches are seen as a strength, not something to be kept in the ground.

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Memorial Honoring Glen Rogers Mine Fatalities

They ranged in age from 17 to 75 years of age, but the 160 men had one thing in common – they all died in the Glen Rogers, WV coal mine.

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Dominion Will Restart Virginia Coal Units After DOE Emergency Order

The emergency order from the DOE, issued June 16, allows the units to run during the hot summer months at least until September 14 to ensure grid reliability for the Virginia Peninsula, which includes the historic Jamestown settlement.

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Underground Coal Mine Dust Monitoring Results Now Available Online

Dust monitoring results from underground coal mines in Queensland, Australia are now available online.

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Clean Coal Can Deliver an Economic Energy Solution for Australia

A new report has backed the viability of high efficiency low emission (HELE) coal generation and its potential contribution to Australia’s energy mix.

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Get Coal Back in Energy Mix

Americans can enjoy hundreds of years of reasonably priced, reliable electricity if coal is added back into the nation’s energy mix. During his election campaign and earlier this year, President Donald Trump pledged to do just that.

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Three Years to Save the Earth? (This Time)

Former UN top climate official Christiana Figueres just told the world we only have "three years" to save the planet … and all it will cost is $1.5 trillion per year.

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Death of Coal Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

You wouldn’t know it from much of what you read these days, but the U.S. coal industry isn’t dead and its vital signs are even improving.

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Driverless Bulldozers Set for Queensland Mining Trial

The remotely controlled machines, costing up to $3 million, will be part of an 18-month trial organized by mining services firm Wolff Group, Hastings Deering and Caterpillar.

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Dominion Eyeing Coalfields for Hydroelectric Facility

Dominion Energy Inc. is searching for sites in Virginia’s coalfields region to build a hydroelectric facility as a result of a new law that went into effect Saturday.

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Largest Coal Plant in the Western US Has a Fighting Chance of Survival

Tribal leaders have appealed to the administration for help, and U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said the agency's looking at all options to save it.

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EPA Head Launching Initiative to Critique Climate Science

Scott Pruitt is skeptical of the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity, via greenhouse gases, is far and away the primary cause of climate change. But he’s stated he believes the climate is changing and humans have some role.

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EPA to Give Dissenters a Voice on Climate, No Matter the Consensus

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, plans to convene a team of researchers to test the scientific premise of human-caused climate change, he told coal industry executives on Thursday.

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Pennsylvania Congressman Applauds Committee Passage of RECLAIM Act for Coal Communities

The RECLAIM Act would release $1 billion from the existing AML Fund to boost economic growth in regions that have relied on the coal industry.

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NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung

NPR's ongoing investigation of the advanced stage of the fatal lung disease that afflicts coal miners has identified an additional 1,000 cases in Appalachia.

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England Town Backs Mining Plans

The plan is for coal to be mined off the coast of St Bees and be moved via an underground conveyor to new processing and storage buildings on the former Marchon site at Kells.

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South32 Suspends Mining at Appin Coal Operation in New South Wales

Regulators have expressed concern about South32’s operating practices at its Illawarra metallurgical coal operation in New South Wales, Australia after it again suspended operations at a mine there.

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