Category: Coal

Ex-coal exec pleads not guilty in W.Va. mine blast

Blankenship entered the not guilty plea Thursday and has been released on $5 million bond.  More »

Energy Trends in Africa

While I have written posts on Nigeria and regularly referenced Libya in the last half decade on the burrito, I know very little about most of Africa when it comes to energy. So it was interesting to sift through this comprehensive report from the IEA to get a better understanding of some of the broader energy trends underway. Henceforth are my […]  More »

Murray adds 100M tons to Illinois’ coal holdings

Murray Energy Corp., a privately held company with a dozen mines in Illinois and five other states, is among the nation’s most vocal coal producers.  More »

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal

Poland says that EU’s proposed pace for increasing reliance on renewable energy sources is too fast for Eastern European countries that are trying to grow their economies as they restructure old, energy-dependent industries.  More »

Coal, not fracking blamed for U.S. methane hot spot

A tiny patch of the southwestern U.S. produces the nation’s highest concentrations of methane, the potent greenhouse gas that President Barack Obama has vowed to tackle as part of his assault on climate-change pollution.  More »

Houston coal firm gets deeper into oil with $340M deal

Houston mineral rights owner Natural Resource Partners is buying oil land operated by one of the largest players in North Dakota for $340 million, it said Monday.  More »

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

The above phrase is from the translation of  ’plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose‘ by the French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Regardless, not only is it great, but also highly applicable to a veritable selection of shenanigans going on across energyland™.  First up – or actually first and second up, are two examples […]  More »

Dynegy’s CEO says the company is in it for the long run

Once Dynegy’s two deals close early next year, Dynegy’s workforce should grow from around 1,600 employees to 2,600.  More »

Coal mogul Murray says more bankruptcies possible

The CEO of Murray Energy Corp. targeted environmental regulation for the coal industry’s woes in his stump speech at an industry conference in Pittsburgh on Monday.  More »

Senator wants to suspend coal sales on federal lands in West

Sen. Ed Markey says the Interior Department moved too slowly on promised reforms since the Democrat raised concerns about “bargain-basement” lease sales.  More »

Commentary: Mixing energy and pop: If Katy Perry and I were to do a duet…

…I would have no squabble in doing one of her hits,  but we would have to work in some commodity themes into the lyrics. So here are some ideas I am working on pitching her. Roar - We could definitely belt this one out. Not only does roaring louder, louder than a lion sound like fun, […]  More »

NRG may expand carbon capture plans

NRG is installing technology at the W.A. Parish plant to capture carbon dioxide before it is emitted into the atmosphere.  More »

Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports

Companies want to increase coal shipments to Asia as domestic demand falters. But proposals for new export terminals in Washington and Oregon have run into strong resistance from regulators and environmentalists.  More »

Green Dragon Gas settles with ConocoPhillips for $40 million

Green Dragon Gas Ltd., a Chinese producer of coal-bed methane gas, has agreed to pay ConocoPhillips a $40 million arbitration settlement to end a contract dispute.  More »

Commentary: How natural gas is changing China’s energy landscape

China is in a pickle. It is a pickle it is well aware of – and trying to fix – but a pickle nonetheless, as it tries to wean itself off coal and ramp up its natural gas consumption. So here are some of the trials and tribulations faced by the world’s largest energy consumer […]  More »
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