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Judge: Ex-coal CEO Blankenship's conviction should be tossed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Former coal CEO Don Blankenship's misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety laws should be tossed out, ...

Sanders: Support coal country while combating climate change
San Francisco Chronicle

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has told voters in coal-producing Kentucky that it's possible to be a friend ...

China Plans New Coal Mines Despite Curbs
Radio Free Asia

China has sent conflicting signals on environmental and economic policies with increases in coal production, rising imports and plans for new mines.

McConnell has defended coal communities
Kentucky Today

Recently, a liberal group known for its anti-coal policies and for supporting socialist Bernie Sanders leveled charges against our senior senator, ...

Coal demand to peak in China in five years
Kallanish Energy

Coal demand in China is expected to peak in 2025, Reuters reported, citing a study published last week by Chinese think tank Cnpc Economics and ...

China's coal output surges in past 70 years
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Coal output reached 3.68 billion tons in 2018, 115 times of only 32 million tons 70 years ago, according to Huang Yuzhi, head of the National Coal ...

China Coal Energy 1st Half Net Profit Rose 22% on Year

China Coal Energy Co. Ltd. (1898.HK) said that its net profit in the first-half rose 22% from a year earlier due to higher sales. For the six months ended ...

Russia Announces Plans for Coal-Digging Surge
The Moscow Times

"I would like to congratulate everyone whose life is connected with coal mining, with this key industry in our country's economy," President Vladimir ...

Millions to retrain Montana coal workers goes unspent
Energy News Network

COAL: A $2 million grant to retrain workers at a Montana coal plant has gone unspent for two years, and state officials say the plant's operator is to ...

China's July thermal coal imports jump 20% on year: customs data
S&P Global

Singapore — China's July thermal coal imports, including lignite, jumped 20% from 20.44 million mt a year ago to 24.42 million mt, according to China ...

Poland accounts for almost a third of the EU's coal consumption
Emerging Europe

New figures from Eurostat have revealed that Poland accounts for 30 per cent of the European Union's annual consumption of coal. In 2017, Poland ...

Coal workers fight for benefits as industry struggles under Trump

“Coal miners make up the coal industry. Coal miners, and the coal mining industry, have been, and are continuing to be helped by the Trump ...

Dems' Energy Plan Bad for Ohio, W.Va.
Wheeling Intelligencer

The jobs of millions of American workers depend on America's oil and gas industries, and nearly 200,000 Americans work in the coal industry alone.

Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine lands wins reclamation award

Frankfort, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement will honor the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, ...

China uses robots to improve coal mine safety
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

“Developing mining robots can be an effective way to address coal mine safety,” said Huang. To promote the development of the robots, Huang said ...

Hand in glove: WVU researchers test safety measures for coal industry
Newswise (press release)

Newswise — MORGANTOWN, W. Va.— While researchers at West Virginia University were testing coal miners' safety gloves to help reduce lost-time ...

Bluefield Coal Show Countdown underway to industry gathering
Beckley Register-Herald

Thousands of supporters of the coal industry will once again be converging upon Bluefield for this year's show, which will be Sept. 11-13 at Brushfork ...

Putin orders review of Russian coal mining tax
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the government to review a mineral extraction tax for the Russian coal industry by Oct. 31, instructions ...

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