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Category: Fossil Fuels :: Coal
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Is coal dead? 22.7.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Which plants are slated for closure or switches to natural gas.
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EPA: Duke done dredging coal ash from NC river 17.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Raleigh, N.C. • Federal environmental officials say Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River following a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s on-scene coordinator, Myles Bartos, said Thursday that Duke had dredged up about 2,500 tons of ash and contaminated sediment, as well as another 500 tons that had accumulated in settling tanks at downstream municipal water treatment plants in Virginia. Coal ash co...
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CSX is optimistic but predicts flat third quarter 16.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Omaha • CSX is optimistic about its long-term performance, but the railroad’s profit during this quarter will likely be relatively flat. The company discussed its second-quarter results Wednesday after edging out Wall Street profit expectations. CSX saw a surge in demand, particularly for hauling coal and crude oil, at the same time that it was attempting to clear a backlog of shipments delayed by severe winter weather. Those frigid temperatures led to a 6 percent increase in coal shipments beca...
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Letter: Fee not fair to solar producers 15.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah legislators don’t like the 2,000 Utah households like mine that have roof top solar power plants. That’s because Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) lobbyists are so generous with their political contributions. By owning coal mines and power plants, RMP is able sell power very cheaply, a win for Utah consumers and for them. Until the coal runs out. What about the nagging problem of the air pollution and global warming caused by burning said cheap coal? Also, we should consider the new jobs and th...
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Ponnuru: Obama's new coal plant rules aren't democratic 11.7.2014 Denver Post: Opinion
Republicans are calling President Barack Obama's new coal-plant regulations a "power grab."
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Museum of Northwest Colorado: ‘Dinkys’ handled a big coal job 11.7.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Coal production today in the Yampa Valley is carried out with oversized equipment that staggers the mind with its immensity. Colowyo Coal Co. south of Craig has huge haul trucks that dwarf the drivers and carry tons of coal in a single load. Trapper Mine, which serves the Tri-State power plant in Craig, manages its digging operations with massive draglines that can be seen from great distances as they crawl along the hillsides removing the overburden. Early area mines did not have the luxury of such incredible machinery to move the coal, but the coal got moved nevertheless. The first small mines of the region were referred to as wagon mines because the coal was hauled out in horse- or donkey-drawn wagons. The small operations supplied coal to local homes and businesses in the bitter winter months. Wagonloads of coal were a common sight as the driver delivered his product across town. In those early years, coal production was strictly a local business, as there was no means to transport it to larger urban ...
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Lawsuits seek to stop work at mines in three states 7.7.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves
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Lawsuits seek to stop work at mines in 3 Western states 6.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Billings, Mont. • Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves. In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, the group WildEarth Guardians asserts coal companies benefited from lax oversight by federal regulators. The group says the U.S. Department of Interior approved mining plans without enough public involvement, a...
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Around this curve, another train wreck waits for Colorado 26.6.2014 Denver Post: Opinion
Optimism is an admirable virtue, up to a point. It can become a potential vice, however, when crossing over into naiveté, which is something we've seen a lot of following the latest move in President Obama's one-man climate crusade.
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BP energy review reveals lingering addiction to fossil fuels 21.6.2014 From the Blogs
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Theft at Empire Energy coal mine likely will cost Peabody Energy more than $500,000 21.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Empire Energy coal mine, out of service but maintained by Peabody Energy, lost about $500,000 to $1 million in the form of theft and damage after a botched burglary took place May 12. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office apprehended three individuals it suspects were involved with the burglary, said Lt. KC Hume, operations chief for the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office currently is investigating to find more information and see if others aided in the theft. “An employee of Peabody Energy had arrived at that location (and) had found individuals and trucks parked in a warehouse in an area where they should not have been,” Hume said. Duane Newton and Mark Burress were arrested May 12 fleeing the scene with stolen copper and other salvageable metals, while the alleged accomplice Kimberlee Vanpeursem was arrested two days later, according to the arrest affidavits. Newton and Venpeursem are currently in custody on bond for $100,000 each, but Burress was released on a lesser bond, $5,000, that was reduced ...
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Op-ed: State leaders need to take their faith in coal and ‘let it go’ 21.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Assumptions, ideologies, Carbon County — and Princess Elsa I am constantly amazed by assumptions which are never stated — implicit assumptions — so ingrained that they’ve become ideologies. Here are some examples from the pulpit of the recent Governor’s Energy Development Summit: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and energy adviser Cody Stewart spoke of “clean coal” and “clean-burning coal.” There is no such thing. Burning coal produces heat and releases large quantities of CO2. That’s how it “works.” Increa...
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Records: Duke warned about pipe that caused spill 21.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Raleigh, N.C. • Records subpoenaed by federal prosecutors show engineers working for Duke Energy warned the company nearly 30 years before a massive coal ash spill that a stormwater pipe running under an ash dump was made of corrugated metal and needed to be monitored for leaks. That pipe at a North Carolina dump collapsed in February, triggering a spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge. Following the disaster, Duke officials said the company didn’t know that an undergr...
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Fuzzy math clouds carbon emission numbers 20.6.2014 From the Blogs
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A big bet on coal 19.6.2014 Durango Herald
KIRTLAND, New Mexico Faced with the possibility of losing $40 million in annual revenue and several hundred jobs for its members, the Navajo Nation last year placed a high-stakes bet on coal, agreeing to take ownership of Navajo Mine.Only a few months later, that bet is looking increasingly precarious as the Obama...
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Xcel Energy seeks $138 million electric rate increase 18.6.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Xcel Energy filed Tuesday for a $137.7 million electric rate increase that would raise average residential bills by about $5 a ...
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In NC hamlet, residents worry over coal ash ponds 17.6.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
DUKEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The sweet tea served in the tidy kitchen of Joanne Thomas' antebellum home comes with an ominous warning.
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U.S. lawmakers, Moffat County press EPA to relocate coal hearings to Craig 13.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan that would mandate coal-fired power plants cut their carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Then the agency set up a 120-day comment period and hearings across the country — one in Denver will be on the week of July 28. But, many want the location to be in areas where coal energy is produced, such as Moffat County. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said this demonstrated that the EPA and federal government were out of touch with the industry they were regulating. “I guess they want to be stuck in their ivory towers,” Kinkaid said. “To me it’s again a disconnect instead of reaching out to people whose lives they’re touching.” He reached out to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., to see if they were supportive of the EPA regulation hearings being held in Moffat County, near Craig Station. “(The hearings are) not out of where the people who have to live with the decisions really are,” Kinkaid said. “This is an ...
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Federal officials have a right to procrastinate 12.6.2014 Denver Post: Opinion
There are all sorts of things people want the federal government to do — for example, reduce poverty, make highways safer, protect against workplace risks, safeguard privacy online, regulate their least favorite companies or, for that matter, engage in deregulation.
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Samuelson: Obama's climate plan: rhetoric vs. reality 7.6.2014 Denver Post: Opinion
On climate change, both Barack Obama and his harshest critics -- business groups and Republicans -- have a shared interest in exaggerating the impact of the president's proposal.
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