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Coal is still king in West Virginia, but for how long?
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Hamilton says the coal industry acknowledges the buildout of renewable energy forms as well as West Virginia's vast reserves of shale gas, but he ...

Appalachian Power seeks to raise resident's rates by 6 percent
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The ENEC reimburses the company on a dollar-for-dollar basis for coal and natural gas to fuel power plants and for purchased power. The VMP ...

US weekly coal carloads rise 4.1% on week, 18.1% on year: AAR
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

US coal carload originations rose to 62,136 in the week that ended April 10, up 4.1% from 59,661 a week earlier and 18.1% higher than the year-ago ...

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The orders revoke Trump-era directives that boosted coal, oil and gas leasing on federal lands and promoted what Trump called “energy dominance” ...

Philippines lifts nine-year ban on new mines to boost revenues

It also directs the environment ministry to formulate terms and conditions and to strictly implement rules on mine safety and environmental policies.

Gazette-Mail editorial: WV continues to straddle fence on coal's future
Charleston Gazette-Mail

That middle ground is where West Virginia continues to find itself on coal, an industry that has seen its best days long ago. As the 2021 legislative ...

China's Coal Industry Needs Radical Overhaul to Meet Carbon Neutrality Goal, Research Says
Caixin Global

China's coal industry faces a radical shakeup if the nation is to meet its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2060, with new research suggesting the world's ...

Coal Ash Could Help US Be Competitive in Rare Earth Market
Indiana Environmental Reporter

... environmental liabilities left by the legacy of the coal industry. American Resources is possibly building a facility in the state and using Indiana's coal ...

Cheney introduces bill to reauthorize The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee
Wyoming Tribune

We need to do what we can to ensure our coal industry can continue to provide good paying jobs and contribute to local and state economies.” ...

Flooded mine in China traps 29 workers

The Chinese coal industry was valued at around $345 billion in 2018. Sign up for the WSWS email newsletter ...

Miners, their families get COVID-19 vaccines at clinic on Thursday

Working in close spaces underground, coal miners can be particularly at risk to COVID. The clinic on Coal Fork Hollow was also available to the ...

Morrisey among petitioners making economic case for keeping Marshall County coal-fired plant open
Charleston Gazette-Mail

... the jobs of hard-working West Virginian utility workers, coal miners and countless others who rely upon their success,” Morrisey said in a statement.

Mining giant Indika to cut coal income to 50% with net zero in mind
Jakarta Post

Norman Harsono The Jakarta Post/Jakarta Publicly listed PT Indika Energy, one of Indonesia's top coal miners by output through subsidiary PT Kideco ...

Coal remains South Africa's lowest cost, baseload source of energy
Mining Review

The junior coal miners that survived this are faced with another hurdle – the inability to raise funds – with many banks unwilling to fund coal projects on ...

Australian coal industry has been 'bashed from pillar to post' in recent years
Sky News Australia

Sky News host Chris Smith has spoken about the importance of our coal industry with Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon and NSW Deputy Premier John ...

Japan's top coal power company scraps plan for new plant
Nikkei Asia

TOKYO -- Japan's top coal power producer J-Power canceled the construction of a power plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the company said Friday, ...

Mining groups weigh Biden's outreach to displaced workers
E&E News

For decades now, presidents have been promising to bring prosperity to coal country. Too often, they haven't delivered on those visions.

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