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Reality tempers optimism in coal country after court ruling 14.2.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope.
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Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case 12.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, halted implementation of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan this week until it’s legality is decided. For coal-reliant communities like Moffat and Routt counties, the high court’s decision has real implications. According to Yampa Valley Data Partners, a nonprofit research organization, the top 10 taxpayers in Moffat County are all energy related with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the operator of Colorado’s second largest coal-fired power plant, coming in at number one. In 2014, Tri-State paid $5,762,011 in local taxes — accounting for almost one out of five dollars collected by the county. But the court’s decision goes well beyond providing insurance for Northwest Colorado’s tax base. Colorado is one of 29 states and numerous energy industry groups to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the implementation of the Clean Power Plan has no legal foundation under the Clean Air Act. In an unprecedented move on ...
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Routt County commissioners consider a strategic shift on energy jobs 3.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners is in discussions about placing more emphasis on protecting existing energy jobs in Northwest Colorado as it conducts its annual review of strategic initiatives this month. In 2015, the Board of Commissioners’ list of eight strategic initiatives included one that read: “Leverage new energy opportunities.” On Monday, county commissioners Cari Hermacinski, Doug Monger and Tim Corrigan were leaning toward adapting that language to read something closer to: “Support the economic health of our energy industries.” “It’s our role to make sure the power plants, coal mines and railroads stay open and healthy in our county,” Hermacinski said during an informal discussion on all eight of last year’s strategic initiatives. Under newly proposed EPA regulations, coal-fired power plants will need to reduce their carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. All states will be responsible for creating their own plans to meet the requirements and have the option of working with other ...
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Shifts toward clean energy threaten Montana coal town 22.1.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Under Clean Power Plan, Washington and Oregon utilities consider phasing out Colstrip’s power station.
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Colowyo environmental assessment published for comment 20.1.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released an environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact for an expansion at Colowyo Mine Tuesday early afternoon. If approved by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, the Collom Expansion Area would allow the mine access to another 79 million tons of federal coal. As part of the permitting process for the expansion, OSMRE is required to evaluate the environmental and social impacts of mining coal on Colowyo’s federal leases before issuing a recommendation to the Interior Department. The publication of the assessment on Tuesday marks the beginning of a 30-day public comment period required by the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments will be evaluated by OSMRE officials before a final recommendation is given to Jewel. “These processes are designed for the public to be engaged, and it’s extremely important on the Colowyo (environmental assessment) that the public learn about the project and file their comments,” said Lee ...
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Wyoming fights to rescue coal 19.1.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
State mulls ideas for fading fossil fuel industry.
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Paul Bonnifield: Gas cheaper than coal 19.1.2016 Steamboat Pilot
I understand the deep emotional concern expressed in Gary Burkholder’s letter, “Coal miner speaks out.” The same concern and fear is expressed by many residents in Routt County.  The article, “New Gloom for rockies coal industry,” commented power plants are turning to natural gas. Why? In today’s market natural gas is clean, efficient and less expensive than coal. Natural gas has a large production surplus, and with the completion of more wells, surplus is increased. The largest market for gas companies is to enter electrical generation. Under current and predicted, price and production conditions, gas companies are going to be very aggressive in the electrical generation field. Coal cannot successfully match the price of gas except in unique conditions. In the fall elections, Republicans who promise to reverse President Barack Obama’s energy policy may win the White House and reverse the policy, or the U.S. Supreme Court may throw out his energy program. That will not help Western coal mining. Natural ...
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Feds announce moratorium on new coal leases 16.1.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Interior Department will examine the federal coal program in light of climate change.
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Moffat County mines not immediately impacted by moratorium 16.1.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Colowyo Mine’s Collom Expansion Area will not be affected by the Interior Department's pause on federal coal leasing announced Friday. Trapper is safe, as well. “That’s very good news for Northwest Colorado,” said Lee Boughey, senior manager of corporate communications and public affairs for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the company that owns Colowyo. The temporary moratorium on leasing federal coal was announced by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel after President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union Tuesday night, “I’m going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet.” According to a press release from the Interior Department, no new leases shall be issued until a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement revaluating the current system is completed. The full review is expected to take three years. Existing leases are still honored and will continue to produce coal. Colowyo ...
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Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land 16.1.2016 Denver Post: Business
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is imposing a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, arguing that the program has remained largely unchanged for more than 30 years and requires a comprehensive ...
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Obama administration halts new coal leases 15.1.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of fees charged to mining companies and coal mining's impact on the environment.
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Obama administration will announce halt on new coal leases 15.1.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will announce a moratorium Friday on any major new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of whether the fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American taxpayers and reflect coal's impact on the environment.
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Gary Burkholder: Coal miner speaks out 15.1.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Coal miner speaks out I was a coal miner. I worked at the Twentymile coal mine for 23 years and 10 years at other mines here in Colorado before that. The article in the Jan. 12 Steamboat Today headed: “New gloom for Rockies coal industry” was very disheartening to me. I was at first shocked to read that American’s second largest coal mining company, Arch Coal Inc., had begun bankruptcy proceedings. After reading the article, my surprise faded to frustration. I cannot understand how, as your article stated, “Unrelenting pressure from federal regulations and policies coming out of D.C. are pushing companies to a financial brink.” I then remembered President Obama’s policy to kill the coal industry even if it necessarily makes electric costs “skyrocket.” Destruction of hundreds of thousands of jobs in America when creation of high-paying jobs is the goal of both political parties does not make common sense. Last summer, there was a paid announcement in your newspaper from the Routt County Republicans that ...
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How some Western cities are leading on climate action 13.1.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Despite faltering national policy, some communities are forging ahead.
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Huge U.S. coal company declares bankruptcy 12.1.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Bad investments and a weak coal market led to Arch Coal’s decline.
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Arch Coal files for bankruptcy in latest blow to U.S. miners 11.1.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Arch Coal Inc. joined the ranks of bankrupt coal miners as the U.S. continues to shift toward cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas, threatening the dominance of one of the world's dirtiest
U.S. coal production falls to 30-year low 9.1.2016 Denver Post: Business
U.S. coal production has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 30 years as cheaper sources of power and stricter environmental regulations reduce demand, according to preliminary government ...
58 workers laid off at Montana mine as coal industry slumps 31.12.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana coal mine has announced that it laid off dozens of workers and is cutting production amid an industrywide slowdown that's starting to impact the largest coal-producing region of the United States.
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Environmentalists file intent to sue federal agencies over power plant 25.12.2015 Durango Herald
A coalition of environmental groups announced earlier this week its intent to take legal action against several federal agencies for extending operations at the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine just outside Farmington.On Dec. 21, San Juan Citizen Alliance, among other regional and national conservation groups, filed a 60-day...
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Will: Another false "turning point" 19.12.2015 Denver Post: Opinion
History, on the "right side" of which Barack Obama endeavors to keep us, has a sense of whimsy.
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