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W.Va. Coal Association not optimistic about the next four years
West Virginia MetroNews

Appearing on Thursday's MetroNews Talkline, Chris Hamilton of the Coal Association noted they are optimistic they'll be able to talk to the President ...

Normal diets for trapped China miners as rescue continues
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Yet demand for coal and precious metals continues to prompt corner-cutting, and two accidents in Chongqing last year killed 39 miners. Copyright ...

US government approves routes for Wyoming CO2 pipelines
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Mark Gordon have promoted carbon capture as a way to boost the state's struggling coal mining industry. Utilities nationwide have been turning away ...

A great loss: Komatsu plant closure another challenge for region
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

With coal production still on the decline nationally, and the new Biden administration openly pushing wind, solar and other green energy sources, the ...

China's Offshore Purgatory Snares More Australian Coal Cargoes

Beijing's ban on Australian coal has stranded about 70 ships · DZ Weihai departed Queensland for a Chinese port this month.

Tampa Electric will retire one of its coal-powered generators early
Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Electric originally had four coal-powered generators at the power plant. Unit 1 is currently being converted to an entirely natural gas generator as ...

Coal-based power generation on the rise
The Hindu BusinessLine

Of the total 3.906 billion units (BU) generated on January 22, coal fired generation chipped in with 3.072 BU, Coal India Ltd said in a press release.

South Korean coal prices ease on milder outlook
Argus Media
Thermal coal prices for South Korea fell this week, with milder weather expected next month. In the utility tender market, state-owned Korea Midland ...

Atlantic coking coal: Demand tensions ease
Argus Media

US coking coal prices were largely flat at the end of this week as Chinese buying continues to ease ahead of the lunar new year holiday, while ...

US coal mining sector lost jobs in 2020
Argus Media

Coal mining employment in December stood at 44,100 on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to preliminary estimates released by the US Labor ...

CSX earnings relatively flat despite coal market troubles
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Export coal declined due to reduced international shipments of thermal coal,” CSX said in its quarterly financial report. Domestic coal shipments ...

EU countries mull call for global coal power phaseout, end to fossil fuel subsidies: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries could call on Monday for a global phasing out of polluting coal power and an end to fossil fuel ...

Workers reflect on Oregon's first and last coal plant
High Country News

To reach the top of the coal-fired power plant outside Boardman, Oregon, one must first ascend 19 floors in an elevator, then climb a couple of sets of ...

Coal-fired power plant in southern Illinois a major obstacle to Biden's push for carbon-free ...
Chicago Tribune

Most of the other big U.S. coal plants still operating are at least 40 years old. They are either past or close to the end of their expected life spans. But ...

2020 state coal production lowest in decades
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Colorado coal production last year fell considerably from the previous year, to the lowest level in decades. Coal mines produced a total of about 10.3 ...

Harrop: Coal gets dug under

In 2019 alone, more than eight coal companies filed for bankruptcy, including the industry giant Murray Energy. Yet in 2018, Trump held an event in ...

Former Blackjewel Coal Mine Faces Pushback Over Permit Renewal
Wyoming Public Media

PRBRC staff attorney Shannon Anderson's first objection related to ESM's right to mine coal without a federal coal lease. Typically, an operator would ...

Ukraine's Coal Industry in Crisis
Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Ukraine's Coal Industry in Crisis. The devastating effect of decades of neglect and corruption have been exacerbated by conflict. By Yulia Abibok.

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