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Coal research facility planned in West Virginia
Parkersburg News

Ramaco Carbon will pursue research into coal as the precursor for advanced carbon products and materials, Gov. Jim Justice said. “I am excited ...

Lung Disease Clinic to Open at WVU Medicine Reynolds
Wheeling Intelligencer

Coal miners who show evidence of development of black lung can exercise their Part 90 rights to be transferred into a less-dusty job within the mine, ...

Upcoming hearing will focus on replacing the power PNM receives from San Juan power plant
Farmington Daily Times

As Enchant Energy's proposal to retrofit the San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology gains attention, some of the intervenors say it ...

Sask Power Reports on Carbon Capture Promising

The Carbon Capture and Storage facility at Boundary Dam Power Station outside of Estevan returned to service on December 7 after its scheduled ...

Thunberg calls on Siemens to nix Australia coal mine project
Deutsche Welle

As wildfires continue to ravage Australia — the world's biggest coal exporter — Thunberg urged Twitter followers to help by "pushing them to make the ...

Severance tax reduced last year; coal industry looks for more help from lawmakers
West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Representatives of the coal industry say there remain ways to stabilize the industry and even increase its impact by ...

Our Opinion: Everybody wins under Duke Energy's coal ash cleanup agreement
Greensboro News & Record

2, Duke Energy has agreed to excavate the contents of most of its remaining open and unlined coal ash lagoons in the state and to put it instead in dry, ...

Bankrupted Coal Company Black Jewel Accuses CEO of Fraud
K2 Radio

Attorneys for bankrupt coal company Blackjewel LLC and its creditors are asking a judge to let them examine the finances of former CEO Jeff Hoops, ...

Kenya presses on with coal energy despite mounting concerns
The Standard

Data from the National Treasury indicates the Ministry of Energy has earmarked more than Sh2 billion for coal exploration and mining over the next ...

EDITORIAL: Kudos to Congress for bailing out pension fund for miners

With multiple companies paying into the fund and coal enjoying an ... The website Politico pointed out that pension fund for unionized binders of ...

Coal stakeholders urge lawmakers to protect industry
WV News

Industry stakeholders urged lawmakers to prioritize protecting coal mining and coal-fired power generation during the 2020 session of the Legislature.

Dry Bulk Market: “This is not the end of coal” says IEA
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

... electricity utility Eskom, changes in coal mine ownership, and the shift away from Mpumalanga, the country's coal-mining heartland, to other areas.” ...

Craig leaders worry about future after power plant announces coal closures
FOX31 Denver

CRAIG, Colo. -- Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, an energy group in Colorado, announced this week plans to close its Craig coal ...

Bay Area City Embroiled in Battle over Coal Export Ban
Earth Island Journal

The Levin-Richmond terminal has been exporting petcoke, a byproduct of oil refining, for decades, and began handling coal in 2013. Between 2013 ...

University of Kentucky receives grant to turn coal tar pitch into carbon fiber

The goal is to have CAER researchers convert coal tar - a byproduct from coke production - into mesophase pitch, a liquid crystal. Then they can take ...

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