User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Regional
Category: Fossil Fuels :: Coal
Last updated: Aug 04 2015 12:56 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Alpha is latest coal producer to file for bankruptcy 4.8.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country's biggest coal producers, became the latest in a string of coal companies to seek bankruptcy protection amid a shift in the electric power sector brought on by cheap natural gas and stricter pollution regulations.
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Northwest Colorado reacts to Obama's Clean Power Plan 4.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
After teasing the announcement on Saturday , President Barrack Obama unveiled the final version of his administration’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. On Monday, Obama introduced the plan at a White House event , labeling it the nation’s “biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.” According to the White House, “The final Clean Power Plan sets flexible and achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, 9 percent more ambitious than the proposal.” The final plan also abandons the idea of using natural gas, which emits half as much carbon dioxide as coal, as a transition fuel. Electric utility companies in Colorado are now required to produce 28 percent of their capacity from renewable sources by 2030, as opposed to the originally proposed 22 percent. As demonstrated by a federal court ruling poised to stop work at Colowyo Coal Mine, residents’ of Northwest Colorado take threats to the coal industry ...
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Clean Power Plan wants Colorado to cut CO2 emissions by 28% 4.8.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado must cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 28 percent by 2030 under sweeping clean-energy regulations unveiled Monday by President Barack Obama.
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Obama launches Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions 3.8.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Colorado conservationists joined their counterparts nationwide rallying behind President Obama's Clean Power Plan, being unveiled Monday, to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases by targeting existing coal-burning power plants.
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Interior Department takes comments on federal coal leasing 1.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A series of listening sessions on the federal coal leasing program began Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The discussions will come to Denver on Aug. 18. The U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management are hosting the sessions in an effort to seek public comment on how the BLM can ensure that the American taxpayers receive a fair return on federal coal resources. BLM is responsible for leasing coal on approximately 570 million federally owned acres. Over the past 10 years, BLM-managed lands produced around 5.1 billion tons of coal valued over $72 billion. According to BLM, this production generated $7.9 billion in royalties and nearly $4 billion in revenues from rents, bonuses, and other payments. “Coal is going to continue to be an important part of our nation’s energy mix in the future,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell earlier this month at the Center for Strategic International Studies. “But the Government Accountability Office, our inspector general, and members of Congress from ...
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Trapper Mine continues to update court 29.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Attorneys for Trapper Mining, Inc. provided an update to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado July 24, stating the mine would provide the court with a map of pending mining activities sometimes this week. Trapper’s mining plan for federal coal was successfully contested by environmental advocacy group WildEarth Guardians, but federal District Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s ruling spared the mine from an immediate reassessment, unlike Colowyo mine. In the case of Trapper, Jackson determined the majority of the federal coal in question had been mined. However, attorneys for Trapper recently filed a corrective disclosure document with the court explaining that they were mistaken and the mine is seeking access to coal affected by Jackson’s ruling. Currently, Trapper, WildEarth Guardians and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement are working to reach a solution as an alternative to returning to litigation. Paul Seby, counsel for Trapper, said the next update will be provided to ...
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Plans for state-run shooting recreation site underway near Palisade 25.7.2015 Denver Post: Local
The contaminated land around a razed coal-fired power plant along the Colorado River is on track to become a state-run sport-shooting complex that would include a walking rifle course and possibly bike ...
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N.M. power plant extension called ‘devastating’ 22.7.2015 Durango Herald
Some residents and environmental interests surrounding a New Mexico power plant and companion coal mine are devastated that federal officials extended operations.The news surrounding the Four Corners Power Plant and the Navajo Mine comes as a blow to opponents of the operation, especially as other coal mines across the nation are under...
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Guest Commentary: Come clean on federal coal program 21.7.2015 Denver Post: Opinion
While President Obama and the EPA are courageously moving our nation forward to confront climate change, the Department of the Interior seems bent on sitting at the sidelines.
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Gas burns coal at No. 1 19.7.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – Energy companies in Southwest Colorado say hydraulic fracturing and looming carbon-pollution regulations are responsible for natural gas overtaking coal for the first time.The Energy Information Administration’s monthly report for April revealed this week that natural gas surpassed coal as the primary source of...
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Life left for N.M. plant 18.7.2015 Durango Herald
FARMINGTON – Federal officials have completed an analysis that ensures the continued operation of a northwestern New Mexico power plant and the coal mine that feeds it.Friday’s record of decision comes three years after the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement gave notice that it would study the cumulative...
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Guest Commentary: Stop the EPA's carbon power grab, Colorado 17.7.2015 Denver Post: Opinion
When the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards recently, it set a clear precedent that costs matter and that the EPA does not have a blank check on the wallets of energy consumers.
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Operator says San Juan Generating plant may close 15.7.2015 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – The state’s largest electric utility says the rejection of its proposal by New Mexico regulators will lead to the complete closure of a coal-fired power plant that provides power to 2 million customers in the Southwest.Officials with the Public Service Co. of New Mexico on Tuesday reiterated the consequences...
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Peabody energy still bothered with anti-strip mining protest song 12.7.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
More than 40 years after it was first recorded, a strip-mining protest song still rankles one of the nation's largest coal mining companies.
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Lawmakers back coal mine, criticize Interior Department 11.7.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several members of Colorado’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week expressing concerns surrounding the Colowyo Mine. Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to close the mine near Craig.“The Colowyo Coal Mine is a significant contributor to...
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Brita Horn: Look at energy future 10.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Recently, I was fortunate to attend a discussion in Denver focused on the future of our nation’s energy outlook and featuring remarks from presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. As Ms. Fiorina spoke, one message stood out for those of us in the audience: our nation’s economy and future global competitiveness have been put in jeopardy as a result of the Obama Administration’s attempts to eliminate fuel sources like coal from our energy portfolio. The Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory assault will force many coal-fired power plants offline and leave Colorado’s consumers depending on less reliable and more costly sources of electricity. International competitors like China and India have given no indication of slowing down their use of coal-based electricity. It is affordable, abundant and reliable and provides their citizens access to electricity while bolstering their economies. Meanwhile, America will grow weaker as manufacturers, businesses and consumers in Colorado and across the nation are ...
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Jim Erickson and Mike Schmidt: In reference to EPA plan 6.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
We are writing in reference to several past letters concerning the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan and its focus on the burning of fossil fuels — especially coal, which results in the production of carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The EPA has defined carbon dioxide as a poison. Because of this carbon dioxide production, energy from coal is under attack from (1) environmental lobby groups and (2) the U.S. government agency of environmental protection — EPA, as the main cause of global warming and climate change. However, there’s absolutely no scientific proof manmade carbon dioxide is the major cause of current climate changes. Long before there was any manmade carbon dioxide, the earth underwent continuous warming and cooling cycles caused by solar activity. The most recent past warming cycles with temperatures considerably warmer than today were: ■ 200 B.C. to 600 A.D., known as the Roman Warming Period ■ 900 A.D. to 1300 A.D., known as the Medieval Warming Period Energy from coal is by far the cheapest ...
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Denver-based energy company proposes water plan 3.7.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – A Denver-based energy company with plans to operate in the San Juan Basin has proposed a water plan to the state to replace depletions to the Pine River system as a result of coal-bed methane development.Catamount Energy Partners owns four wells that withdraw groundwater flows to the Pine River from the Fruitland...
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Court sides with industry on power plant emissions 1.7.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Supreme Court decision is a setback to one of the biggest environmental actions of the Obama administration.
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After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules 30.6.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.
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