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EIA: US fossil fuel production expected to increase through 2022
World Coal

EIA expects production of all fossil fuels – crude oil, coal, dry natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) – to increase in 2022, but forecast fossil ...

Coal council contends DEP not enforcing longwall operations

Rick Shrum. Business Writer. Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy ...

Ex-CM accuses ruling Meghalaya govt of encouraging illegal coal mining
Hindustan Times

In the letter, Sangma said that he found illegal coal mining taking place in West Jaintia Hills district during a trip to the area. "Coal dumped in a scattered ...

Report: Safety failure led to fatal injury at surface coal mine in Eastern Kentucky
Lexington Herald Leader

Slusher was one of two people killed in coal mining accidents in Kentucky last year. The other death occurred Oct. 13 when a piece of machinery ...

A 'smoking hole in the ground': Blackjewel's coal bankruptcy plan raises concern
S&P Global

... is now trying to close the book on a bankruptcy reorganization that started in July 2019, causing uncertainty for many of its coal mining permits.

Energy Journal: Blackjewel hearing drags on, confirmation hearing continued
Casper Star-Tribune Online

According to the U.S. Mining, Safety and Health Administration, U.S. coal mining deaths last year reached a record low. OIL & GAS. — Back in May ...

Appalachian coal mine reclamation bonding issues highlighted in new report
Charleston Gazette-Mail

... which requires coal mining permit applicants to post a reclamation bond to ensure that regulatory authorities have enough funding to reclaim the site ...

As Production Declines, Coal Miner Fatalities at Historic Low
Insurance Journal

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, which tracks the deaths, said Wednesday there were 29 total deaths in all of the nation's mines ...

Why Coal Is Having a Strange Mini-Rebound Now

Coal could gain share despite losing its greatest political champion—President Trump. George Frey/Getty Images. Coal has been steadily dropping as a ...

Minnesota Power to pursue 100% carbon-free energy by 2050, nix coal by 2035
Utility Dive

Under the plan, the utility will generate 70% of its electricity from renewable power by 2030 and eliminate coal entirely by 2035. Its proposed path would ...

China May Accept Some Stranded Australian Coal Cargoes
Yahoo Finance

In November, Beijing ordered traders to halt purchases of a raft of the country's commodities, including coal. Relations between the two trading partners ...

Washington clean energy rules ban coal after 2025

Burning coal emits carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change. Four coal plants, including two in Montana and one each in Washington and ...

Weekly US coal production rises 13.9% on week, dips 12.2% on year: EIA
S&P Global

Houston — Weekly US coal production was at 11.21 million st in the week ended Jan. 9, up 13.9% from a week earlier, but 12.2% lower than the ...

Broad Top backs mine reclamation program

Learned that applying biosolids on a completed surface mining site in the township ended Dec. 28. Numerous citizens complaints have been aired by ...

Kentucky utilities agree to deals with barge coal suppliers: filings
S&P Global

Houston — East Kentucky Power Cooperative bought over 1 million st of coal worth over $32.54 million, or an average base price of $32.31/st, from ...

Colombian coal miner Drummond production, exports fell in 2020
Yahoo Finance

BOGOTA, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Colombian coal producer Drummond saw production and exports fall 10.3% and 4.4% respectively in 2020, the company ...

More sales of South African coal to China expected as prices rise
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

China's power plants have been permitted to import coal from several countries without clearance restrictions, The Global Times of China has reported, ...

Itochu plans full exit from thermal coal

Japanese conglomerate Itochu has now confirmed plans to exit thermal coal entirely with the sale of some operational stakes by March 2024.

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