User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
Category: Coal Mining
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Happy Hour Roundup 28.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Happy Hour Roundup
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Spain gets EU consent to shut coal mines 27.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Madrid • Spain has won approval from European authorities to spend $2.4 billion on the closure of 26 coal mines by 2018. The government expenditure includes covering production losses as the uncompetitive mines wind down, providing financial support to laid-off workers through severance payments and social security benefits, and financing safety and other works after the mines close. The European Commission, which approves state aid as long as it doesn’t distort competition, gave the go-ahead Fr...
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Colorado coal industry collapse leaving mining towns unsure 25.5.2016 Durango Herald
SOMERSET – Coal miner Eric Sanchez bolted a grate across the top of a tunnel, 1,000 feet beneath a forest and seven miles deep into Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine.Shiny black rocks fell past his helmet as he secured the tunnel, doing a job that is fast disappearing in Colorado: taking coal from deep inside Earth and sending it...
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Here’s your chance to shape federal oversight of the coal industry 24.5.2016 Seattle Times: Opinion

Seattle is on the list for a public meeting hosted by the Bureau of Land Management to gather comments on coal leasing and coal impacts.
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West Virginia governor hopeful has left a trail of unpaid fines and bills 21.5.2016 Washington Post
Democrat Jim Justice’s companies owe more than $3 million to the federal government.
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When Her Town Needed Fixing, This Single Mom Stepped Up 20.5.2016 NPR News
Marie Sayenga saw her local government needed improvement. So, while raising a family on her own, she stepped up and ran for office in the 1950s.
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Increased production at King II coal mine prompts complaint 20.5.2016 Durango Herald
The environmental group WildEarth Guardians filed a complaint Thursday against a federal agency for failure to follow its own policies.The complaint says the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement failed to regulate increased production and conduct a new environmental analysis at the King II coal mine in Hesperus.
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Coal miners' lament 20.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The nation’s emotion-fueled debate over coal mining’s future passed through Salt Lake City on Thursday, when federal officials hosted a listening session to gather comments that will guide broad reforms for how federal coal is managed. As far as miner Jason Nichols of Price sees it, though, the discussion serves little purpose other than shutting down an industry that, for decades, has provided low-cost power and kept rural Utahns employed. “Everyone is trying to pick the pockets of coal miner...
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Miners fear federal coal reforms jeopardize rural Utah 20.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The nation’s emotion-fueled debate over coal mining’s future passed through Salt Lake City on Thursday, when federal officials hosted a listening session to gather comments that will guide broad reforms for how federal coal is managed. As far as miner Jason Nichols of Price sees it, though, the discussion serves little purpose other than shutting down an industry that, for decades, has provided low-cost power and kept rural Utahns employed. “Everyone is trying to pick the pockets of coal miners... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Utah hearing on federal coal-leasing reform draws hundreds 20.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Coal miners and their supporters came out in force to a public hearing Thursday in Salt Lake City, blasting a moratorium on federal coal leases as the latest attack in a war on coal that unfairly blames fossil fuels for climate change and air quality problems. They also touted the […]
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Mine cleanup risk grows with coal bankruptcies 19.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Cheyenne, Wyo. • The growing number of bankruptcies in the coal industry make it increasingly likely taxpayers will get stuck with the huge environmental costs of abandoned mines. Analysts say it’s only a matter of when, where and how many more coal mines will close. Concerns are growing bankrupt coal companies can’t meet their cleanup and reclamation obligations. State and federal regulators for years have allowed coal companies to promise to clean up mines instead of setting aside money to do ...
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Letter: Fossil-fuel 'development' plans only make things worse 19.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The op-eds by Mark Compton, president, Utah Mining Association, and by Bill Johnson, president, University of Utah Faculty Senate, both argue for “carbon capture and storage” and “abatement” in their response to federal coal leasing and university fossil fuel divestment discussions. The technologies they desire were “developed” millions of years ago: coal, oil, oil shale. Except for the CO2 in the atmosphere, all the carbon we use is already “sequestered.” We insist on unsequestering it by burni... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Feds want to ensure coal companies can clean up land they damage 19.5.2016 LA Times: Nation

The federal agency that oversees surface coal mining said Wednesday that it would consider drafting new rules to ensure that coal companies can afford to clean up land they damage – though the announcement is not likely to lead to change soon.

The announcement, by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation...

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Mine environmental risk grows with bankruptcies in big coal 19.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it’s increasingly likely that taxpayers will be stuck with the very high costs of preventing abandoned mines from becoming environmental disasters. The question is not if, but when, where and how many more coal mines will close as the industry declines, analysts say. Many […]
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Mine environmental risk grows with bankruptcies in big coal 19.5.2016 AP National
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it&apos;s increasingly likely that taxpayers will be stuck with the very high costs of preventing abandoned mines from becoming environmental disasters....
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Peabody approved for additional financing 19.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Debt-ridden Peabody Energy, owner of Twentymile Mine in Routt County, is hoping additional money will allow the company to continue operations as normal. During a Tuesday hearing, Peabody received final approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri for $800 million in financing. The financing is called debtor-in-possession financing, or DIP. Typically, DIP financial lenders are given priority in being paid back. The money will come from a lender group that includes secured lenders and unsecured noteholders, according to a news release. It includes a $500 million term loan, a $200 million bonding accommodation and a cash-collateralized $100 million letter of credit facility. "We are pleased with the outcome of today's hearing, including the court's final approval of our DIP financing," Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow said in the news release. "This marks another important step as we move through the Chapter 11 process and reposition the company for ...
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These two Democrats are fighting over who hates Obama and Clinton the most 17.5.2016 Washington Post
These two Democrats are fighting over who hates Obama and Clinton the most
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PHOTOS: Protesters Around The World Target Fossil Fuel Industry 16.5.2016 NPR News
For two weeks, protesters have gathered — on kayaks, on train tracks, at mines and at refineries — to demonstrate against coal, oil and other energy sources that contribute to global warming.
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Clinton woos Kentucky voters the day before their primary 16.5.2016 AP Politics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky voters pick their favored candidate for president on Tuesday, and Hillary Clinton is making a big, final push for their support. But rival Bernie Sanders hopes to add Kentucky to his string of wins and further delay Clinton&apos;s clinching the Democratic presidential nomination....
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Clinton woos Kentucky voters the day before their primary 16.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky voters pick their favored candidate for president on Tuesday, and Hillary Clinton is making a big, final push for their support. But rival Bernie Sanders hopes to add Kentucky to his string of wins and further delay Clinton’s clinching the Democratic presidential nomination. Big-name surrogates have been sent, television ads […]
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