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Lawmakers vote to give coal operators control when mining damages homes
Beckley Register-Herald

Coal industry representatives, including Murray Energy, Tunnel Ridge LLC, and the West Virginia Coal Association, sent comments to the DEP, asking ...

US coal employment decline led by Appalachia
The Middlesboro Daily News

Coal mining employment in the U.S. has declined 42 percent since 2011 as coal demand has decreased. Appalachia has by far the largest share of ...

Hartford to cut insurance for coal, tar sands companies
Business Insurance
In a statement, Hartford said it will no longer insure or invest in companies that generate more than 25% of their revenue from thermal coal mining or ...

Germany's coal exit is a done deal - or is it?
Clean Energy Wire

While agreement on structural economic assistance for former coal mining regions was reached after a few months, legislation for the phaseout ...

Miners celebrate passage of bill aimed at protecting their healthcare, benefits

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — For coal miners, it's been a nearly 10-year long battle to save their pensions and health care. But on Thursday, they ...

Win for coal miners
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Finally! Legislation to secure pensions and the health care of nearly 100,000 retired coal miners, their widows, and their families has been passed by ...

Coal company that bought Kentucky mines barred from new permits, court motion alleges
Lexington Herald Leader

A coal company that purchased mines in Perry County is blocked from mining coal, according to court records, possibly jeopardizing a sale agreement ...

Canada launches strategic assessment of thermal coal mining

The United Nations Secretary General has called for no new coal plants by 2020, and Canada has said it is phasing out traditional coal-fired power by ...

NMDC diversifies into coal mining
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
Hence, NMDC is exploring the possibility for setting up of coal washeries. The Rohne coal block has extractable reserves of 191 million tonnes and ...

Russian coal exports via far eastern ports limited
Argus Media

Russian coal exports through far eastern ports are limited in December amid high stocks at sea terminals. And worsened weather conditions hindered ...

Indianapolis utility requests proposals for 200 MW of power in order to retire two coal plants
Solar Power World

The need for 200 MW of firm capacity resources follows IPL's recent announcement to retire two coal-fired units at Petersburg Generating Station in ...

Anti-terror upgrades at reactors mean Japan LNG, coal demand to rise in 2020
Reuters UK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese utilities face hundreds of millions of dollars in extra fuel costs in 2020 as they buy in extra liquefied natural gas (LNG) ...

EPA Signs Off On Georgia's Plan To Regulate Coal Ash
WABE 90.1 FM
The state of Georgia has the go-ahead from the federal government to regulate coal ash, a byproduct from burning coal for electricity that can contain ...

Wyoming Investigating Company's Plan for Closures at Coal-Fired Power Plants
K2 Radio

The early retirement of power-generating units which operate using coal in Wyoming "may adversely impact the cost and reliability of service provided ...

MSHA's Fall Regulatory Agenda — 2019

Within the United States Department of Labor, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) issued six notices–two in the prerule stage, three in ...

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