Coal

  • An ongoing rail backlog that has stranded grain shipments across the Great Plains is now threatening to shut down a La Crosse-area power plant.
  • Hundreds of people will get a chance to tell federal officials in Pittsburgh what they think about new anti-pollution rules for power plants during hearings on Thursday and Friday.
  • Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) today called for withdrawal of the proposed carbon rule for existing power plants and greater deployment of technology as the long-term solution to improve emissions, during testimony at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing in Washington, D.C. Peabody is also offering testimony in Denver.
  • Area coal miners and supporters are encouraged to attend an affordable electricity and energy jobs rally Wed., July 30, at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.
  • China National Coal Association (CNCA) President Wang Xianzheng said investigations showed more than 70% of coal firms in China suffered a loss-making operation.
  • China's coal producers faced greater inventories in the first half of the year as an economic slowdown and lingering oversupply continued to weigh down the sector, according to data from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
  • Sable Chemicals, Zimbabwe's sole producer of ammonium nitrate fertiliser, has taken coal samples from Sengwa in Gokwe to China to test the feasibility of processing the mineral for hydrogen.
  • Representatives of area environmental groups gathered outside City Hall on Wednesday to call attention once again to problems posed by the E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant near Bartonville.
  • A deal that was in the works for months is now official: The last coal-fired unit at Tucson Electric Power's south-side power plant will run totally on natural gas by the end of 2017.
  • Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' latest campaign ad attacks U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over lost coal jobs in Kentucky -- a connection that the Kentucky Coal Association quickly labeled as unfair and inaccurate.
  • Arch Coal, Inc., a coal mining and processing company, has announced that it is idling the Cumberland River Coal Company complex located in Wise County, Virginia; and Letcher County, Kentucky.
  • Anytime you read or hear anything about coal, insert a mental asterisk for Eastern Kentucky.
  • Government authorities should scrap a recent decision halting Dan River cleanup efforts and make Duke Energy recover more of the coal ash that spilled this winter from its closed power plant near Eden, environmentalists say.
  • Beijing closed a large coal-fired power plant on Wednesday, replacing it with a gas-fired one to cut pollution.
  • The Department of Energy apparently ignored the equivalent of a dead canary in the mine when it gave the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant contractor a nearly $2 million bonus just five days after a truck caught fire in the nuclear waste repository and just four days before a radiation leak.
  • Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR), congratulates Elk Run Coal and its miners for being selected to receive the U.S. Office of Surfacing Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's 2014 Excellence in Surfacing Coal Mining Good Neighbor Award for community outreach.
  • A two-year legal dispute is ending with a $19.5 million payment to a Columbus coal company.
  • Charlotte city officials and Duke Energy are still trying to figure our where to put millions of tons of coal ash sitting on the banks of Mountain Island Lake as they consider sites at Charlotte Douglas International Airport other than under runways.
  • Everyone agrees on the goal: The million tons of coal ash produced by Dominion Virginia Power's Chesapeake Energy Center must be kept out of the Elizabeth River.
  • Duke Energy has finished cleanup work along the Dan River just upstream of the Schoolfield Dam in Danville, Va. Duke Energy reported that completion of the work was reviewed and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).