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Category: Coal Mining
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Adani coal project in Australia runs into controversy: report 1.7.2015 Hindu: Industry
Adani spokesperson declined to comment on the latest reports.
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Tales from the Tread: Ghost mine tour to Oak Creek 30.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Haybro, Juniper, Edna, Keystone ... If you are new to the area, these names might not mean much to you. But to long-time residents and natives of Routt County, they harken to a coal mining era that defined the region for many years. What: Ghost mine driving tour to Oak Creek When: 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 10 Where: Meet at the Tread of Pioneers Museum just before 9 a.m. Space is limited, and RSVP and prepayment of the fee is required. Cost: $25 for adults/non-members; $20 museum members; $10 children under 12. For anyone who wants to dig deeper into Routt County’s coal mining history, the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Ghost Mine Driving Tour on Friday is just for you. Leave the driving to us, and join historian, Jim Stanko, as he recounts the history of the ghost coal mines along Colorado State Highway 131 as we travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus from Steamboat Springs to Oak Creek. In Oak Creek, we’ll tour the Tracks and Trails Museum with renowned historian Mike Yurich before returning to ...
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Alpha Natural Resources Creditors Ready for Possible Restructuring Talks 30.6.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Creditors of coal miner Alpha Natural Resources have hired advisers to prepare for possible restructuring talks ahead of an August debt payment.
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New blow to UK fracking is a delay but not the end of the road 30.6.2015 New Scientist: Living World
Opencast coal mines were once routinely delayed by local councils amid unfounded health concerns. The same is happening with fracking, warns Paul ...
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The Rundown Arctic Mining Town Putin Wants to Be a Resort 29.6.2015 Wired Top Stories
Léo Delafontaine documents Barentsburg, a former Soviet town of 400 people in the middle of the ...
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Moffat County facing fate of the changing West 28.6.2015 Denver Post: Business
CRAIG — This tiny town was built on mining the rolling hills of northwest Colorado that surround it for coal and burning it to make electricity. Now, the community feels both its economic pillars under ...
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Colowyo case continues in the courts 27.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
On June 12, legal counsel for WildEarth Guardians filed their response in opposition to Colowyo Coal Co.’s motion for stay pending appeal. The response states that Colowyo is not entitled to a stay of the district court’s order because it fails to demonstrate all the necessary requirements. Colowyo, a subsidiary of Westminster-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, requested the stay on May 29, when it filed its notice of appeal on federal district Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s May 8 ruling. In his ruling, Jackson ordered the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation to re-do the environmental assessment for Colowyo mine’s South Taylor Pit and threatened vacatur if the assessment was not completed within 120 days. When reviewing a stay motion, the courts consider: 1) An applicant’s likelihood of success on the merits; 2) a likelihood of irreparable harm to the applicant if the stay is not granted; 3) whether issuance of a stay will substantially injure the other parties involved; and, 4) ...
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California's state pension funds move closer to divesting from coal 26.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

In the latest Keep it in the ground update, a key vote is passed in the push to get US’s two largest pension funds to move out of thermal coal, plus we invite health professionals to sign an open letter asking Wellcome to divest

A key vote in the campaign to get California’s state pension funds to divest from thermal coal was passed this week.

The California Public Employee Retirement System (Calpers) and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) are the US’s largest pension funds, holding $299bn (£190bn) and $193bn in respective assets. Calpers currently holds at least $100m in at least 20 thermal coal mining companies.

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On the Iron Range, a push for a new kind of iron 24.6.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
As the steel industry contends with disappearing blast furnaces and a changing market, some say the Iron Range needs to produce a purer kind of iron for electric arc furnaces.
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Adani halts engineering work on controversial Carmichael mine – sources 24.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Exclusive: Speculation over future of what would be Australia’s largest coal project amid claims four contractors told to halt work

Indian coal giant Adani has halted engineering work related to Australia’s largest proposed mine, say industry sources, raising speculation that the company is set to abandon the contentious project.

Adani last week advised four major engineering contractors to stop work on projects around the Carmichael mine in Queensland including a joint venture rail line and the expansion of Abbot Point port, Guardian Australia has been told.

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Two Ukraine troops killed ahead of peace talks 23.6.2015 Hindustan Times: World
Ukraine on Monday reported the death of two soldiers in the past day of fighting with proRussian insurgents across the industrial ...
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Met coal slumps despite iron ore rebound 22.6.2015 Financial Times: Energy
Steady supplies from US and China depress prices
North Korean drought is hobbling the power supply, and the economy with it 22.6.2015 Washington Post: World
TOKYO — Light showers are forecast for Pyongyang over the next few days, but the torrential downpours that drench northeast Asia this time each year have not yet reached North Korea. And even when the rains arrive, they will almost certainly not be enough to fill the reservoirs in the hydro­power-dependent country, which is suffering from severe electricity shortages. Read full article ...
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Panel discusses Colowyo in Steamboat Springs 18.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
As a part of their monthly speaker series, The Steamboat Institute hosted a panel of experts Wednesday night at Strings Music Pavillon to discuss “The Coming Storm of Federal Energy Regulations and Their Impact on Colorado Business.” The three-person panel discussed upcoming Environmental Protection Agency regulations and the situation at Colowyo Coal Mine before taking questions from the audience. Panel members included Wilkinson Barker Knauer attorney and former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission Raymond Gifford; Dan Byers, senior director of policy for U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy; and Lee Boughey, senior manager of corporate communications and public affairs for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the electric co-op that owns Colowyo Coal Mine. Amy Oliver Cooke, director of the Energy Policy Center Independence Institute, moderated the discussion. Each panelist gave opening remarks, with Gifford addressing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan ...
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Greg Hunt 'ignoring advice' on danger to wildlife from Carmichael coalmine 16.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Green groups accuse the environment minister of failing to heed his officials’ own guidance on the risks to ornamental snake and yakka skink

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has been accused of ignoring his department’s advice on two vulnerable species when approving what would be Australia’s largest coal project, Queensland’s Carmichael mine.

The Mackay Conservation group, which is challenging the mine’s approval in the federal court, has seized on the discovery of what it alleges is Hunt’s repeat of a “fatal” error made in the case of a proposed mine in Tasmania’s Tarkine forests in 2013.

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Coal crash: how pension funds face huge risk from climate change 15.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Special report: The plummeting coal sector and a growing green divestment movement is leaving firms who still invest in fossil fuels and connected pension holders heavily exposed

The pension funds of millions of people across the world, including teachers, public sector workers, health staff and academics in the UK and US, are heavily exposed to the plummeting coal sector, a Guardian analysis has revealed.

It has also found that just a dozen people, including the owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich, own coal reserves equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of China, the world’s biggest polluter. The UN, which advocates a shift to clean energy, has more than $100m (£65m) invested in coal through its own pension fund.

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Roman Abramovich among 'dirty dozen' people with biggest stakes in coal 15.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
From Chelsea’s Abramovich to India’s Vinod Adani, here are the 12 super-rich individuals whose combined investments in coal equal China’s annual emissions The Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich is among a super-rich list of 12 investors whose combined coal holdings are equivalent to the entire annual emissions of China, the world’s biggest polluter, a Guardian analysis has found. Top of the “dirty dozen” list is Vinod Shantilal Adani, who has a $900m (£581m) stake in Indian coal giant Adani Enterprises. His share of the company’s coal reserves will produce 2GT of carbon dioxide when sold and burned, the same as India’s 1.2 billion people produce in a year. Adani’s company is also behind the vast Galilee basin coal project in Australia ...
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Indigenous Australians call on Standard Chartered not to fund coal mine project 12.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Representatives from Wangan and Jagalingou people meet executives in London in push to persuade financiers to snub project on group’s ancestral land

A group of Indigenous Australians has urged Standard Chartered to rule out funding a massive coal mine on their ancestral lands in a meeting with executives in London.

Representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou people travelled to the bank’s headquarters on Friday, as part of a 24,000-mile (39,000 km) round-the-world trip aimed at persuading some of the world’s most powerful financial institutions to steer clear of the controversial mining project.

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New Belgium Brewery visits Craig to listen to business owners 12.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Six New Belgium Brewery representatives visited Craig this week after several local business owners pulled the company’s beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians, the environmental group that litigated against Colowyo Coal Mine and Trapper Mining, Inc. Colowyo is at risk of closing due to a lawsuit against the federal agency that oversees the permitting process for the mine. Trapper had already mined the coal pit in question, so it will not be affected in the same way as Colowyo. Earlier this week, Craig liquor stores and restaurants stopped selling several brands of beer, including New Belgium, because the brewing companies were listed as business supporters of WildEarth Guardians. A1 Liquors in Hayden also pulled the beer. Craig businesses said they won’t support any enterprise that gives money to the environmental group that put Colowyo at risk of closing. Fort Collins-based New Belgium took the issue seriously and sent six people to Craig to listen to local business owners. “They didn’t even try to ...
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What does the appeals process mean to Colowyo's future? 12.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
On May 8, federal district Judge R. Brooke Jackson ordered the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to re-do it’s environmental assessment for Colowyo mine’s South Taylor Pit, ruling that the original assessment did not comply with federal law. OSMRE has committed itself to completing the revamped environmental assessment within the 120-day period allotted by the judge. But, as the issue began in the courts — it will likely end in the courts and the appeals process looms in the distance. The question-and-answer format of this article aims to address the complicated procedural aspects of the litigation surrounding Colowyo mine in the simplest way possible. What is Judge Jackson’s ruling based on? Jackson’s ruling is the result of a claim brought by environmental advocacy Group WildEarth Guardians. Guardians’ claim asserted OSMRE did not comply with the National Environmental Policy Act when it recommended approval of Colowyo’s mining plans to the Secretary of the Interior’s office in ...
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