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Trapper's court-ordered environmental assessment approved 1.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The U.S. Department of the Interior approved a court-ordered environmental assessment of operations at Trapper Mine on Friday, allowing it to continue mining federal coal. The new assessment, which was the result of a successful legal challenge to the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation’s 2009 mining plan approval for Trapper, allows the mine to access 19.1 million tons of federal coal. “The Department of Interior’s assessment confirmed that Trapper has no significant impact on air or water quality. And once reclamation is complete, Trapper has virtually no lasting effect on the surface area in and around the mine — and in many cases actually improves the habitat for wildlife,” said Jim Mattern, Trapper Mining’s president and general manager. Moffat County Commissioners John Kinkaid and Chuck Grobe were both happy to hear the news and clear one more hurdle in maintaining an persevering an industry that is integral to the regional economy. “It’s a good day for Moffat County,” said Kinkaid on Friday, ...
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Peabody posts bonds to ensure Twentymile Mine reclamation 30.4.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Peabody Energy has solved at least one of its problems. The biggest mining company in the United States, which declared bankruptcy April 13, has posted bonds to ensure its Twentymile Mine in Routt County gets reclaimed in the event it were to close. In February, the WildEarth Guardians environmental group threatened to sue Peabody saying it no longer had the finances to clean up its mines in New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. To reclaim its mines, Peabody had historically been allowed to self-bond. That means Peabody could use its own assets to guarantee the money was available to reclaim its mines. Guardians claimed Peabody no longer had the assets to self-bond. Guardians filed a complaint with the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. That prompted the federal agency to forward the complaint to the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety in the form of a 10-day notice. On April 11, the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety informed the federal regulators ...
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Great Barrier Reef: Greens call for new tax on mining to pay for damage 28.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Greens leader Richard di Natale says Australia needs to plan for a future without coal, not a future without the reef

The Greens want coal companies to start paying “for the damage they are doing” to the Great Barrier Reef, announcing a new plan to tax miners heavily and use the money to revitalise the reef and to invest in clean energy projects and jobs.

Related: Great Barrier Reef: aerial survey reveals extent of coral bleaching

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Tokyo stocks open higher 28.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
Tokyo, April 28 : Tokyo shares opened higher on Thursday as the US stocks rose overnight after the US central bank signalled it would not raise interest rates in the near future and as oil prices went up.
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Environmentalists sue for cleanup at bankrupt mine sites 26.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups are taking legal action to require the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to treat water pollution at bankrupt coal mines. News outlets report that the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Chapter of the Sierra Club filed two lawsuits in two federal courts […]
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Scott Morrison faces pressure to cut $7.7bn fossil fuel subsidies 26.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Religious, education and renewable energy sector leaders gather in Canberra, urging treasurer to take action in budget

A diverse group of religious, education and renewable energy sector leaders have gathered in Canberra to pressure Scott Morrison to cut $7.7bn worth of subsidies for fossil fuels in the budget.

Related: Fossil-fuel industry gets $2,000 in 'subsidies' for each $1 in party donations

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Chinese state media say 11 missing after coal mine floods 25.4.2016 Washington Post: World
A coal mine flooded in northern China on Monday, leaving 11 miners missing, state media reported.
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Chinese state media say 11 missing after coal mine floods 25.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BEIJING (AP) — A coal mine flooded in northern China on Monday, leaving 11 miners missing, state media reported. The accident happened Monday morning in Tongchuan city in Shaanxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. A total of 67 workers were in the mine shaft but the rest managed to escape, Xinhua said, citing […]
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Anglo tells De Beers staff it's selling their historic HQ 23.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Anglo American has told staff at its De Beers diamond unit that they will be moved out of the company’s historic London headquarters that’s been the industry’s most important address since the 1930s. An internal memo was sent to staff on Friday informing them that they would be moving from the Charterhouse Street building into the mining company’s Carlton House Terrace offices, also in London. A spokesman for Anglo confirmed the announcement. Anglo plans to sell the office complex. The relocatio...
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Svalbard: tourism’s final frontier 22.4.2016 Financial Times US
Can an Arctic coal mining outpost — where the sun doesn’t rise for four months — reinvent itself as a holiday destination?
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Obama scores triumph with Paris pact, but his environmental agenda faces obstacles at home 22.4.2016 LA Times: Nation

It could be an Earth Day like no other.

On Friday, the United States is expected to join China and about 160 other nations as the first to sign the landmark global climate agreement reached in Paris in December. The accord is widely viewed as an imperfect but essential first step if the world is...

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Obama poised for triumph with Paris pact, but his environmental agenda faces obstacles at home 22.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It could be an Earth Day like no other.

On Friday, the United States is expected to join China and about 160 other nations as the first to sign the landmark global climate agreement reached in Paris in December. The accord is widely viewed as an imperfect but essential first step if the world is...

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History Forum: 'Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War' 20.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Coal mining is dangerous. On April 20, 1914 it was deadly. Miners in the Rockefeller-owned Colorado coal fields clashed with the state militia and dozens of men, women and children were killed. It was a classic battle between workers who wanted a say in their workplace, and corporations that didn't want to yield power. Woody Guthrie wrote a song about it. Historian Andrew Thomas tells the story.
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Vattenfall exits German coal unit as it seeks sustainable energy 18.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Swedish state-owned energy giant reaches deal with Czech company to sell German coal operations as it ‘accelerates’ shift to greener energy

Swedish state-owned energy giant Vattenfall said on Monday it had reached a deal to sell its German coal operations, employing 8,000 people, as it moves away from activities blamed for climate change.

Vattenfall said it would sell its German lignite, or brown coal, business – opencast coalmines and two power plants close to the German-Polish border – to Czech operator EPH.

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Queensland bans underground coal gasification over environmental risk 18.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Ban comes after UCG pilot company Linc Energy, which last week went into administration, was committed for trial for causing serious environmental harm

The Queensland government has immediately banned underground coal gasification in the state, arguing the environmental risks outweigh economic benefits.

Natural resources minister Dr Anthony Lynham says the ban, which would apply immediately as government policy, would be made official by the end of the year through legislation introduced into parliament.

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The Place That Wants Donald Trump Most 18.4.2016 Wall St. Journal: US
Buchanan County, Va., where Donald Trump won the highest percentage vote of any county, shows the source of the front-runner’s support and the problem he poses for rivals in both parties
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RBS pulls back fossil fuel investments as green deals grow 17.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

New figures show bailed-out bank cut investments by 70% in oil and gas firms in 2015 while doubling UK green energy loans to £1bn a year

Royal Bank of Scotland has reduced its global lending to oil and gas companies and doubled its green energy loans in the UK to £1bn a year, according to new figures released to the Guardian.

The move may indicate a change of direction for the bailed-out bank, which was until recently one of the world’s biggest financiers of fossil fuels and had been repeatedly targeted by climate change campaigners.

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Who should clean up a coal giant's old mines? 16.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The following editorial appears on Bloomberg View: The bankruptcy of Peabody Energy Corp., the largest U.S. coal producer, is the most vivid illustration yet of the market’s deep and welcome shift away from coal. It could also be calamitous for the environment: If Peabody goes out of business, who will clean up the pollution it has left behind? Under federal law, companies must pay for the reclamation of the land they have contaminated though mining. The usual way to do this would be to require...
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Revealed: traditional owners accepted payments to attend Adani meetings 16.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Exclusive: Indigenous representatives who helped resurrect a pivotal land agreement for Australia’s largest proposed coalmine pocket ‘sitting fees’

A group of traditional owners have not fully disclosed payments to meet Adani and resurrect talks over a pivotal land agreement for Australia’s largest proposed coalmine.

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) representatives who swung the balance in favour of reviving a deal with the mining giant pocketed “sitting fees” that their native title lawyers said should be held in trust for the entire group.

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U.S. factory output fell again in March 15.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • U.S. factory output dropped in March for the second straight month as manufacturers churned out fewer cars, metal parts and machinery. Factory production fell 0.3 percent, following a 0.1 percent drop in February, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The figures suggest that American manufacturers are still struggling with the triple whammy of weak overseas growth, the strong dollar and sluggish consumer and business spending at home. Automakers cut back sharply, as sales slowed last m...
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