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Carroll: Time for the truth on EPA's Clean Power Plan 28.2.2015 Denver Post: Opinion
When the EPA released its Clean Power Plan last summer to cut carbon emissions from power plants, Coloradans were assured that the goal would be easy to achieve. Not so fast.
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Guest Commentary: Utility industry needs a variety of investments 21.2.2015 Denver Post: Opinion
The utility industry is changing. Anticipating and embracing that change is a key strategy for Xcel Energy. In this complex energy evolution, the dialogue needs to extend beyond just coal.
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Report outlines benefits of coal industry in region 18.2.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Coal is big business in Northwest Colorado, according to a new report prepared for economic developers in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. “It’s a major economic contributor,” Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Jim Clark said. “You have to think if all those jobs went away, what would the impact be?” The study measured the economic impact of coal mines and coal-powered power plants in the three counties. The study was primarily funded by the Economic Development Council of Colorado and was sponsored by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The coal industry did not contribute funds for the study. Colorado Economist Gary Horbath with www.cber.co compiled the research. “I think it’s important that the economic developers are looking at it,” Horbath said. “It’s a very important industry for the community up there.” Horbath found that coal mining directly employs 4.6 percent of the region’s total employees and accounts for 17.4 percent, or $478.6 million, of the region’s gross ...
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Colorado coal production slips to 20-year low 11.2.2015 Denver Post: Business
Colorado coal production — hobbled by mine closures and a weak market — slipped to a 20-year low in 2014, according to state data. The state's eight mines produced just under 23 million tons of coal in 2014, a 5 percent drop from ...
Coal production down again at Twentymile Mine 6.2.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Coal production at Routt County’s Twentymile Mine decreased again in 2014, along with the number of employees. In 2014, the mine produced 6.66 million tons of coal, down 8 percent from 2013 when the mine produced 7.24 million tons. The amount of coal produced in 2014 was the least amount produced in records going back to 2001. Charlene Murdock, a spokeswoman for Twentymile’s parent company Peabody Energy, said the drop in production was in response to customer demand. “Many utilities across the U.S. made adjustments last year based on constrained rail service and moderate temperatures,” Murdock said. Twentymile currently has 335 full-time employees. At about the same time in 2014, Twentymile employed about 400 full-time employees. In addition, the mine employs temporary workers and hires contractors. “Attrition is routinely used to accommodate staffing changes, and we’ve been able to adjust naturally,” Murdock said. “We continue to use contractors and temporary employees as needed.” Routt County ...
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Twentymile again recognized for safety 4.2.2015 Steamboat Pilot
For the third year in a row, Routt County's Twentymile Mine is being recognized for its safety record. Twentymile's parent company Peabody Energy on Friday announced the mine received the President's Award. The award recognizes the mine that had the best safety record for Peabody's underground operations. Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company. Twentymile, which is Colorado's most producing underground coal mine, previously received the best underground safety award in 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2013. This past year, Twentymile received a 1.03 safety incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked. Globally, Peabody had a 1.44 safety incidence rate. It was the best rate in the company's 132-year history. “Twentymile has earned its reputation as the state’s largest coal mine that is perennially among the safest in the industry,” Peabody Energy Americas President Kemal Williamson said in a news release. “To consistently achieve results of this caliber, our employees must focus on safety each ...
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Region’s air may face new rules 29.1.2015 Durango Herald
Air pollution in the Four Corners could face a tougher standard under the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to strengthen national air quality.The EPA is proposing to reduce allowable ground-level ozone levels from 75 parts per billion per eight-hour period to 65 to 70 ppb.Since the current 75 ppb was set in 2008,...
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Thousands of Indian coal workers end strike 8.1.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
NEW DELHI (AP) — Around half a million coal workers in India called off their strike following an assurance by the government it wouldn't sell state-run Coal India Ltd.
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N.M. regulators hear testimony 6.1.2015 Durango Herald
SANTA FE – New Mexico regulators began taking testimony Monday on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.The plan would curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmentalists argue it...
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Mine’s reach cushions blow in North Fork Valley 27.12.2014 Durango Herald
DELTA (AP) – Scotty Calhoun saw the handwriting on the longwall years ago and opted out of full-time work at the Elk Creek Mine.Calhoun instead signed on at TK Mining in Delta and promptly went to work in Colorado, Canada and Mexico.He’s stayed busy since, and now he’s getting calls from some of the miners...
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EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups 20.12.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee.
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A look at large coal ash spills in the US 20.12.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.
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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste 20.12.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than hazardous material.
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EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage 19.12.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material.
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Cheap oil jamming rail lines means higher electricity bills 19.12.2014 Denver Post: Business
CHICAGO — Electricity costs are poised to reach the highest level since 1999 because railroads are too clogged to deliver enough coal to power ...
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Coal mine facing new regulations 12.12.2014 Durango Herald
La Plata County planning officials are considering leveling new regulations on the King II Coal Mine on County Road 120.The mine started operating in 2007, and at the time La Plata County officials believed that they did not have jurisdiction to regulate surface activities because it is on state land, County Planner Daniel Murray...
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Navajo energy company names new, contentious CEO 2.12.2014 Durango Herald
FARMINGTON – An energy company owned by the Navajo Nation has named an executive whose last project sparked conflict with Oregon tribes as its new CEO.The Daily Times of Farmington reported that Clark A. Moseley has been chosen as CEO of Navajo Transitional Energy Co. after a nationwide search.The company said in a news...
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Clean Power Plan carbon emission comments due Monday 1.12.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Monday is the deadline to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposed Clean Energy Plan that aims to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The next step is for the federal government to review submitted statements made during the past several months in order to make a final rule on the plan by June. Originally, the deadline was Oct. 15, but it was extended to Dec. 1 after the EPA received nearly 750,000 comments before the first deadline, according to the EPA. Northwest Colorado houses two coal-fired power plants, Craig Station in Moffat County and Hayden Station in Routt County. Moffat County has two surface coal mines, Colowyo and Trapper Mine, that feed coal to Craig Station. Twentymile is a below-ground coal mine in Routt County that mines coal for Hayden Station. Both counties have expressed concerns that if the Clean Power Plan is too stringent, it could hurt the Yampa Valley economy. In June, President Barack Obama released the proposed plan to ...
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Energy revolution spells doom for German village 28.11.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
ATTERWASCH, Germany (AP) — Five days a week, a giant machine eats its way through soil at the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine in eastern Germany, exposing the brown coal buried beneath.
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Robinson: An accord the planet needed 15.11.2014 Denver Post: Opinion
The minute we glimpse a flicker of hope in the fight against climate change, Republicans in Congress announce their intention to snuff it out.
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