User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
Category: Coal Mining
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Twentymile Mine asks to mine additional acres 4.3.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Routt County's Twentymile Coal Mine is asking permission from the federal government to mine coal from an additional 310 acres under ground. According to the Bureau of Land Management, Twentymile intends to remove 340,000 tons of coal from the area in a 1 1/2- to 2-year period. In 2014, the mine produced 6.66 million tons of coal, down 8 percent from 2013 when the mine produced 7.24 million tons. Charlene Murdock, a spokeswoman for Peabody Energy, Twentymile’s parent company, said the request is a minor amendment to the mine's existing operation. The additional acreage would allow Twentymile to extend mining in the Wadge coal seam and would enable the mine to add mining equipment in the Wolf Creek seam below. The mine is in the process of moving into the Wolf Creek seam. The BLM is working on an environmental assessment for the proposed modification to Twentymile's coal lease. "We're trying to get the public to give us an idea of what sort of impacts they see," BLM spokesman Chris Joyner said. The BLM ...
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Grimethorpe, the mining village that hit rock bottom – then bounced back 3.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Thirty years after pit workers ended their one-year strike and returned to work, local people recall how their community has been transformed

At the end of a year without wages, their families impoverished and embittered by the struggle they had lost, thousands of Grimethorpe miners gathered in the centre of the village behind the colliery brass band to march back to work.

It was 5 March 1985, two days after a defeated Arthur Scargill voted to end the country’s longest-running industrial dispute without a peace deal.

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Glencore Faces Hit From Big Coal Bet 2.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Investors will get their first look on Tuesday at a full year of Glencore’s financial results since it acquired Xstrata and its ample coal reserves in 2013. Coal prices are off about 25% since then.
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Glencore Chops Coal Production 27.2.2015 Wall St. Journal: US
Glencore move to curb Australian coal production highlights a growing tactical split with miners of another commodity—iron ore—in tackling low prices.
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China’s Coal Consumption, Output Down Last Year 27.2.2015 Wall St. Journal: Policy
China’s coal consumption and production fell last year for the first time in 14 years, confirming a trend that has become one of the heaviest weights sinking the global coal ...
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Battle for Liverpool Plains: Chinese coal project tears at fabric of rural NSW 26.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Agricultural produce from some of the richest soil in Australia is in high demand in China, but so is its coal. With a federal verdict imminent on the proposed Shenhua open-cut mine, farmers and miners are divided over the region’s future

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UK miners' strike 30 years on: share your photos and stories 24.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
It’s almost 30 years since the end of the miners strike, we’d like to hear people’s memories from the time and also find out about the changes to mining communities The 1984/5 miners strike was one of the longest strikes in UK history . It started in Yorkshire in early March 1984 in protest at intended pit closures by Margaret Thatcher’s government. The president of the National Union of Miners at the time, Arthur Scargill called a general strike and because this was later declared illegal, striking mineworkers were deprived of any income. Margaret Thatcher branded the striking miners “the enemy within” setting the tone for police and strikers facing each other across picket lines outside pits and other industrial sites requiring ...
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BHP profits slump by almost a third 24.2.2015 BBC: Business
Profits at mining giant BHP Billiton fall 31% due to the falling price of iron ore, coal, copper and other commodities.
Shenhua criticises government delay on New South Wales coalmine 23.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Liu Xiang says experience so far of the NSW project on edge of Liverpool Plains did not tally with Australia’s ‘proclaimed enthusiasm for offshore investment’

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CEO of energy company sentenced for securities fraud 22.2.2015 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced the CEO of a China-based energy company to five years in prison for securities fraud....
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Book review: An astounding first novel 21.2.2015 Steamboat Pilot
"The Secret Wisdom of the Earth" By Christopher Scotton Fourteen-year-old Kevin is riding in the back seat of the car. He and his mother are on their way to spend the summer with Pops, his maternal grandfather, in Medgar, Kentucky. It had been two months since Kevin’s 3-year-old brother, Josh, had been killed. Kevin’s mother was lost in the moment of horror that had taken her young son from her, her mouth unable to utter anything but silent screams, her eyes unable to shake the sight. Kevin had lost his innocence, suffered the unending recrimination of his dad’s guilt. Visiting Pops was to save them both. Medgar, Kentucky was coal country. “Coal took them in as teenagers, proud, cocksure, and gave them back fully played out. Withered and silent.” Coal had been mined until the mines were too fragile. Now, they found it in the beautiful mountaintops, one by one giving up their bounty to the sky. Coal destroyed them and their land, and they were inescapably beholden. In this summer of his 14th year, Kevin ...
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And the West is History 19.2.2015 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “The D&RG train on the Silverton branch which started up the Animas Canon was stopped near Rockwood by the carcass of a big buck deer which had been killed by a mountain lion, right on the track.”75 years ago: “The mine and mining committee of the Durango Chamber of Commerce will meet with the coal...
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Report outlines benefits of coal industry in region 18.2.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Coal is big business in Northwest Colorado, according to a new report prepared for economic developers in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. “It’s a major economic contributor,” Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Jim Clark said. “You have to think if all those jobs went away, what would the impact be?” The study measured the economic impact of coal mines and coal-powered power plants in the three counties. The study was primarily funded by the Economic Development Council of Colorado and was sponsored by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The coal industry did not contribute funds for the study. Colorado Economist Gary Horbath with www.cber.co compiled the research. “I think it’s important that the economic developers are looking at it,” Horbath said. “It’s a very important industry for the community up there.” Horbath found that coal mining directly employs 4.6 percent of the region’s total employees and accounts for 17.4 percent, or $478.6 million, of the region’s gross ...
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Great Barrier Reef polluters face tougher action under Queensland's new government 18.2.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Labor government appoints state’s first ever reef minister as it steps up plan to avoid the UN listing the ecosystem as ‘in danger’

The Queensland government may adopt tough new regulations to tackle the amount of pollution flowing onto the Great Barrier Reef, with the state’s first ever reef minister vowing to strengthen protections to avoid the ecosystem being listed as “in danger” by the UN.

The new Labor government has promised to slash the amount of nitrogen flowing on to the reef from key catchments by 80% by 2025, while also cutting total suspended sediment reaching the reef by 50% by the same year.

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Anglo Reports Loss on Iron, Coal Write-Downs 13.2.2015 Wall St. Journal: US
Anglo American reported another yearly net loss after a multibillion-dollar write-down of the value of some of its biggest iron-ore and coal-mining assets, more evidence of the toll that slumping commodity prices are taking on the global mining sector.
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Daily Digest: Brian Williams is suspended while Jon Stewart announces retirement, and 9 other stories 11.2.2015 Denver Post: Local
Your daily resource for late-breaking news, upcoming events, the Denver weather forecast, Denver traffic information, and the stories that will be talked about on Wednesday, ...
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Australian Greens seeks probe into Adani coal project 11.2.2015 Hindu: Home
Australian Greens plans to move a notice of motion to the Senate, seeking a probe into the ownership structure of Indian mining giant Gautam Adani’s 16 billion dollar coal development project in Q...
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UK spent 300 times more on fossil fuels than clean energy despite green pledge 10.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Government’s export credit agency gave £1.13bn to ‘dirty’ energy operations abroad compared to just £3.6m to clean energy

The UK government has broken a key pledge to support green energy abroad over “dirty” energy projects by spending more than three hundred times as much backing fossil fuel energy compared with clean energy projects via the government’s export credit agency.

In the coalition agreement, the Tories and Lib Dems promised in 2010 that UK Export Finance (UKEF), a small government department, would “become champions for British companies that develop and export innovative green technologies around the world, instead of supporting investment in dirty fossil fuel energy production”.

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Kommunar, east Ukraine: ‘nothing to eat, nothing to do, no point in life’ 6.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Fresh talks taking place in Moscow aim to bring an end to the fighting, but life in Kommunar offers a bleak reminder of the challenges of finding a lasting solution Life in Kommunar was never easy; the last thing the depressed mining settlement needed was a war. The conflict that ripped through the Kommunar in recent months, as elsewhere in eastern Ukraine, has added to existing social woes to create both a short-term humanitarian disaster and a longer-term problem of how Ukraine can reintegrate the territory after the pain and suffering of war. With little money, little food and few medicines, people in the town are eking out a miserable existence, and most blame Kiev for their predicament. As Angela Merkel and François Hollande shuttle from Kiev to Moscow in an attempt to end the fighting, the situation on the ground shows just how difficult it will be to find a lasting solution here: who will fund the regeneration of long-neglected areas, and how will the anger and hatred prompted by the conflict be ...
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World's biggest sovereign wealth fund dumps dozens of coal companies 5.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Norway’s giant fund removes investments made risky by climate change and other environmental concerns, including coal, oil sands, cement and gold mining

The world’s richest sovereign wealth fund removed 40 coal mining companies from its portfolio in 2014, citing the risk they face from regulatory action on climate change.

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), worth $850bn (£556bn) and founded on the nation’s oil and gas wealth, revealed a total of 114 companies had been dumped on environmental and climate grounds in its first report on responsible investing, released on Thursday. The companies divested also include tar sands producers, cement makers and gold miners.

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