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Kevin Copeland: Friedman's column is distorted propaganda 25.4.2017 Steamboat Pilot
One only has to read the fine print located below a syndicated columnist's name to garner enough information as to which side of the political pendulum the article will favor. In this way, you can peruse the composition or skip its entirety based on the bias of the author’s overseers. Generally, I follow this guideline, especially with the tendency of certain media outlets that favor the political left, but my ire was recently raised when I read a headline exclusively selected from a columnist’s article that intentionally jabbed a political finger in the eye of an industry that continually contributes positively to the financial bottom line of everyone in this valley. The offal rubbish written by Thomas Friedman, “New York Times” and reprinted Thursday, "Coal museums see future; and (President) Trump doesn’t," is quite literally some of the most distorted propaganda I’ve ever read. It is obvious that Friedman's emotions are clouding any critical or logical fact checking process that should be utilized ...
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Water fight erupts over Skyline mine expansion 25.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Wasatch Plateau is so perforated with tunnels and shafts that reservoirs are believed to leak into coal miners’ underground chambers, resulting in floods that require perpetual pumping. For water users, this shuffling of water is fine — as long as the water remains within its original drainage. Now a proposed expansion of Utah’s Skyline coal mine could divert thousands of acre-feet of groundwater from the Huntington Creek drainage, upsetting a hydrological balance that has long supplied Eme...
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U.K. aims for first coal-less day since Industrial Revolution 22.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Britain expects Friday to be the first full day since the Industrial Revolution when it hasn't depended on coal for electricity.
UK aim: first coal-less day since Industrial Revolution 22.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
London • Britain expects Friday to be the first full day since the Industrial Revolution when it hasn’t depended on coal for electricity. The U.K. has steadily tried to reduce its reliance on the most-polluting of fossil fuels by increasing the use of natural gas and alternatives such as wind. The previous record for coal-free power was 19 hours, according to National Grid, which operates the country’s transmission system and expects to achieve 24 hours on Friday. “It’s a milestone in a transiti...
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Report: Trump may 'do little' to revive coal 20.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Trump administration policies to revive the struggling coal industry may “do little” to restore coal-mining jobs in Utah, the Utah Foundation reported Wednesday. In the second of a series of three reports on Utah’s coal industry, the nonpartisan public-policy research organization determined that political changes will not reverse decades of decline due to a shrinking demand for coal and worker-replacing technology, such as voracious longwall mining machines. Foundation report author Shawn Teige...
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EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal plant pollution 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court in Washington to postpone consideration of 2012 rules requiring energy companies to cut emissions of toxic chemicals. The agency said in a court filing it wants to review the restrictions, which are already in effect. Nationally, most utilities are already on pace to comply with the new standards. It is...
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Briefs: Savage, Rubi Life, business school 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Savage buys two Virginia companies that process coal ash Savage, an industrial-services company in Salt Lake City, has bought two Virginia environmental reclamation and fuel-supply businesses. Terms were not disclosed in Savage’s April 1 purchase of Gobco, LLC and Power Fuels, LLC. Gobco removes piles of waste-coal from abandoned mines and restores impacted lands, streams and forests. The waste coal is then taken to a Power Fuels terminal, where it is blended with commercial coal and used to ge... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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How about turning a coal mine into a solar farm? 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Frankfort, Ky. • A former strip mine would be converted into a solar farm under a proposal announced Tuesday by an Appalachian coal company that says it wants to place hundreds of thousands of panels in the Kentucky mountains. The Berkeley Energy Group, EDF Renewable Energy and former Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen said they are looking at two mountaintop removal sites just outside of Pikeville in the heart of Kentucky’s coal country. It’s the latest example of efforts to diversify the ene...
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More coal is rolling out of the pro-Trump Western Slope, but is it adding up to any jobs? 16.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Two coal trains a day are rolling out of the North Fork valley destined for the foreign market, but laid-off miners aren't being called back to work.
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EPA moves to undo coal plant pollution limits 15.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Trump administration is moving to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, sent a letter announcing his decision to a coalition of energy companies that lobbied against the 2015 water pollution regulations. The rule would have required utilities by next year to cut the amounts of toxic heavy metals in the wastewater piped from their plants into rivers and lakes often use... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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EPA to coal miners: 'regulatory assault is over' 14.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Sycamore, Pa. • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the American way, grow jobs and show the rest of the world how it’s done,” Pruitt said before going on a mine tour about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. “The regulatory assault is over,” he said, referring to tightened environmenta...
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Xcel: No more coal-burning at Valmont plant in Boulder 10.4.2017 Denver Post: Business
During his appearance this week at a Boulder City Council study session on municipalization, David Eves, the president of Xcel Energy — Colorado, revealed a piece of news seven years coming. The Valmont power plant east of Boulder has burned its last trainload of coal, he said. Xcel spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo confirmed Eves’ announcement in […]
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Court approves Bonanza Creek Energy reorganization plan 8.4.2017 Denver Post: Business
Bonanza Creek Energy said Friday the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware approved its restructuring plan, allowing it to exit from bankruptcy protection by the end of the month.
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Solar panels power Kentucky Coal Museum 7.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Frankfort, Ky. • Don’t look to the Kentucky Coal Museum to bring coal back. The museum is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city’s largest electric customers. It’s also a symbol of the state’s efforts to move away from coal as its primary energy source as more coal-fired power plants are replaced by natural gas. The state legislature recently lifted its decades-old ban on nuclear power. “It’s a little ironic or coincidental th...
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Trump boosts coal, China takes climate change lead 6.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore. As President Donald Trump hosts President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this week, the world’s two largest economies and carbon polluters are taking dramatically divergent paths on climate policy. The Chinese government recently canceled construction of more than 100 ne...
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Rocky Mountain Power plan violates EPA ruling, critics say 6.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
A day after it was filed with state regulators, Rocky Mountain Power’s latest 20-year strategic plan has come under fire by critics who say elements of the proposal would violate federal law. The 300-page Integrated Resource Plan, filed Tuesday with the Utah Public Service Commission, selects a “preferred” scenario in which the state’s largest electrical utility does not install specific pollution-control systems at its two coal-fired power plants in Utah. A 2016 decision by the U.S. Environment...
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Critics say Rocky Mountain Power plan violates EPA ruling 6.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
A day after it was filed with state regulators, Rocky Mountain Power’s latest 20-year strategic plan has come under fire by critics who say elements of the proposal would violate federal law. The 300-page Integrated Resource Plan, filed Tuesday with the Utah Public Service Commission, selects a “preferred” scenario in which the state’s largest electrical utility does not install specific pollution control-systems at its two coal-fired power plants in Utah. A 2016 decision by the U.S. Environment... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Boulder County may again face legal challenges to new oil, gas regulations 4.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Boulder County, which already is being sued over the legality of its soon-to-expire moratorium on oil and gas development, may also face legal challenges over new drilling and production regulations the Board of County Commissioners adopted last month.
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Interior Department repeals Obama-era rule on coal royalties 4.4.2017 Denver Post: All Political News
The Interior Department said Monday it is scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at ensuring that coal companies don't shortchange taxpayers on huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the West.
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Peabody: &#39;We will continue contributing to the economic success of Routt and Moffat counties&#39; 4.4.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Peabody Energy, owner of Routt County’s Twentymile Coal Company, announced Monday it had emerged from bankruptcy after reducing its debt by more than $5 billion, down from the $6.2 billion that was reported in April 2016, when the company filed for protection from its creditors. Closer to home, work in the coal mine south of Hayden is one of the highest-paying blue collar jobs in the region. Steamboat Today reported in 2013 that entry level miners with no experience earned about $48,000 per year. And the Colorado Mining Association reported the average pay and benefits combined were $115,354 in 2011. Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger, a rancher, whose District 2 encompasses the mine, said he’s heard some miners at the non-union mine earn between $80,000 and $90,000. Monger took the news of Peabody’s successful reorganization as reassuring for employment here. “Ag’s not doing so well now, but we’ve got the coal mine and the power plant. We’re doing good with tourism in Steamboat, and that’s helped us ...
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