(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Sun sets on two more coal plant projects

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A Nebraska company has dropped plans for coal-fired power plants in Illinois and West Texas, saying the fuel can’t compete with natural gas.
Coal at a train yard. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/The Houston Chronicle)

US coal exports in March hit record high, feds say

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Even as Americans want less emphasis on coal than other energy sources, there is big demand for it in Asia, and that spurred a record monthly amount of exports of the fossil fuel from the U.S. in March, government data shows.
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Richard M. Whiting, president of Kinder Morgan Resources

Q&A: Execs discuss Kinder Morgan’s newest ‘toll road’

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners launched a new business this week, investing in coal and other mineral reserves. Richard Whiting, who joined as president of Kinder Morgan Resources after more than three decades in the coal business, spoke with FuelFix about the new business
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Green groups seek higher U.S. coal fees after audit

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The Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council said the U.S. Interior Department should charge companies that mine coal more after an audit found the federal government may be missing out on millions of dollars in payments.
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(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Wyo. gov to talk coal exports on trip to Canada

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Looking for ways to export coal mined in Wyoming, Gov. Matt Mead said he will tour port facilities in British Columbia as part of a weeklong trade trip to Canada.
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(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Undervalued coal leases cost U.S. $62 million, report says

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“It’s a rounding error,” a National Mining Association spokesman said.
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Richard Whiting is president of Kinder Morgan Resources. (Kinder Morgan photo)

Kinder Morgan launches business to invest in coal

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has launched a new business, investing in coal and other mineral reserves.
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

McKinley: New coal-ash bill tackles EPA concerns

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For two years, one of the two professional engineers in Congress has pushed a bill to let states regulate fly ash from coal-fired power plants, a move U.S. Rep. David McKinley says would benefit coal and power companies and the construction industry he’s worked in since the 1960s.
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Sierra Club sues BNSF over coal dust from trains

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The Sierra Club is suing Burlington Northern Santa Fe in federal court in Seattle over coal dust that blows off trains into Washington rivers and Puget Sound.
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(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Class action recommended in Va. coal-gas claim

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A federal magistrate judge recommended class-action status Wednesday for thousands of landowners in southwest Virginia who contend two energy companies cheated them out of tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments for natural gas they extracted from their properties.
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