Category: Coal

DC Panel Goes “Through the Looking Glass” in Cross State Air Pollution Rule decision

On Tuesday, a panel of the DC Circuit released its long awaited opinion in EME Homer City Generation v. EPA. This case was brought about on consolidated challenges to the EPA’s attempt to implement the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, a follow up to the CAIR (Clean Air Interstate Rule) that the DC Circuit found […]  More »

Romney supportive of coal industry he said ‘kills people’

In early May, Republican Mitt Romney made a pilgrimage worth about $1.7 million to the White Palace Ballroom in Wheeling, West Virginia. He was greeted by almost 700 donors assembled with the help of host Bob Murray, chief executive officer of Murray Energy Corp. and a coal mine owner.  More »

Feds: Calif. man wanted $13M from W.Va. coal exec

A California man accused of trying to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal company executive and threatening to kill relatives if he didn’t pay up was indicted on federal charges.  More »

Merkel’s green shift forces Germany to burn more coal

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government says RWE AG (RWE)’s new power plant that can supply 3.4 million homes aids her plan to exit nuclear energy and switch to cleaner forms of generation. It’s fired with coal.  More »

India auditor says billions lost in coal scandal

India’s national auditor said Friday the government lost huge sums of money by selling coal fields to private companies without competitive bidding, adding to massive losses from dubious auctions of other state assets.  More »

Natural gas continues cutting into coal demand

Cheap natural gas has been increasingly displacing coal for electricity production during the year and appears to be continuing that trend, according to data from the U. S. Energy Information Administration and Simmons & Company International.  More »

Column: China and its North American energy ambitions

There has been an almost surgical focus by China on foreign acquisitions in the energy space, taken one giant step further by the acquisition of NEXEN by CNOOC (nope, that’s not code, I promise).  More »

Obama goes pro-coal in campaign radio ad

Mitt Romney bashed the president’s effort to win over the fossil fuel industry, saying Obama has used his years in office to wage “a war on coal.”  More »

Black Hills to shutter some coal-fired plants

Black Hills Corp. said Monday that its utilities will close some older coal-fired power plants because it would cost too much to bring them in compliance with new federal and state environmental regulations.  More »

Coal rebound on the future for power generation?

Natural gas matched coal as the primary fuel for U.S. power generation this year for the first time since the government started collecting data.  More »

Coal industry wins challenge to EPA water standards

The coal industry won a court ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency water-quality standards infringed on state authority to regulate surface mining.  More »

Sports star set to be new face of coal

Just in time for the election cycle, a newly released commercial by American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity will tout the importance of coal. See who is the star of the new advertisement campaign.  More »

Surging coal exports boost Kinder, bother Democrats

U.S. coal exports nearly doubled between 2009 and 2011, according to a report released today by Democratic members of the House Natural Resources Committee.  More »

Coal operators watched from above

Government inspectors have been keeping a close eye on coal operators through aerial surveillance in central Appalachia, a region that’s been the center of debate over so-called mountaintop removal mining.  More »

Coal company files for bankruptcy

In the latest signs of coal’s decline, a Midwestern company files for bankruptcy just as coal is dethroned as the nation’s leading power producer.  More »
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