Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources files for bankruptcy protection

Andrew Topf | August 3, 2015
Alpha Natural Resources president steps down to be CEO of another coal miner

The slump in the coal market has claimed another victim.

Coal industry’s decade-long drop in productivity hits reverse

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 30, 2015
Teck idles mines

U.S. miners have stabilized or even increased productivity at both surface and underground coal operations in the past two years, a study released Monday shows.

US coal producers shaved production costs further in challenging 2014

SNL Energy | March 26, 2015

Production costs for a handful of U.S. coal producers declined in 2014, but some Illinois Basin producers actually reported higher costs, according to a cost-of-coal-sales-per-ton analysis by SNL Energy.

Alpha Natural Resources president steps down to be CEO of another coal miner

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 13, 2015
Alpha Natural Resources president steps down to be CEO of another coal miner

Paul Vining will become CEO of an affiliate of Cline Group, focused on the acquisition and operation of coal mines outside of the U.S.

Alpha Natural Resources selects Plum Energy to supply LNG for Eagle Butte mine haul trucks

Alpha Natural Resources | September 21, 2014
AngloGold Ashanti signs gas deal for Aussie mines

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.(NYSE: ANR), announced Friday that Plum Energy LLC will construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on property adjacent to Alpha Coal West Inc.'s Eagle Butte Mine, near Gillette, Wyoming.

Alpha to lay off 1,100 workers, mothball 11 coal mines in the US

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 1, 2014
Alpha to lay off 1,100 workers, mothball 11 coal mines in the US

The U.S. second largest coal producer blamed weak market conditions and increased government regulation for the decision.

US judge rules Alpha Natural coal mines polluted streams

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 9, 2014
US judge rules Alpha Natural coal mines polluted streams

The second-largest U.S. coal producer severely harmed aquatic life, says the ruling.

Alpha Natural Resources offers $2 million retention bonuses to CEO, President

Ana Komnenic | March 11, 2014
US' No. 2 coal miner offers $2 million retention bonuses to CEO, President

Company trying to retain execs 'through particularly difficult market and regulatory conditions.'

US coal miner to pay largest-ever water pollution penalty

Ana Komnenic | March 5, 2014
US coal miner to pay largest-ever water pollution penalty

Alpha Natural Resources violated 6,000 permits related to pollution.

America's biggest coal mines of 2013: They're not all in Wyoming

Ana Komnenic | February 2, 2014
America's biggest coal mines

But most of them are.

Former Massey coal executive sentenced to three years in prison for endangering miners' lives

Ana Komnenic | September 11, 2013
Former Massey exec CEO sentenced to prison

David Hughart implicated former Massey Energy CEO during trial.

Former Upper Big Branch superintendent going to prison

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 18, 2013
Former Upper Big Branch mine superintendent sentenced to prison

Gary May was sentenced to a 21-month prison term.

Deadly accident at Alpha Natural Resources mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 30, 2012
Deadly accident at Alpha Natural Resources mine

A 27-year-old worker died Friday in an accident at a Greenbrier County coal mine, owned by a subsidiary of Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR).

Alpha cut accident rates at coal mines formerly owned by Massey Energy: prosecutors

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 18, 2012
Miners not benefiting from increased US coal consumption

Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) has drastically cut its accident and injury rates in the six months since a landmark $210 million settlement, which spared the company criminal charges over the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 workers, federal prosecutors said Monday.

For miners, coal is no longer hot

Wall Street Journal Online | April 29, 2012

It's been a bleak spring for U.S. coal miners—and the question for Arch Coal Inc. ACI -1.66% and Alpha Natural Resources Inc. ANR -3.88% is whether they can even meet lowered expectations.

Alpha Natural Resources to permanently close Upper Big Branch Mine

PR Newswire: Mining | April 5, 2012
upper big branch

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) announced today that it plans to permanently close the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine near Whitesville, W.Va.

Miner dies at Alpha mine in West Virginia

Reuters | March 13, 2012

A coal miner was fatally injured in an Alpha Natural Resources Inc mine in West Virginia over the weekend, the company said on Monday.

Soft coal market has Alpha Natural Resources focusing priorities

Andrew Topf | February 25, 2012
shutterstock coal 400

Alpha Natural Resources took a $.73 billion hit in the fourth-quarter, but the US coal producer, the third largest of coking coal in the world, said it has a strategy to counter weak US coal markets by cutting production and concentrating on met coal used in steelmaking.

Ex-Massey Energy chief starts a new mining company

courierjournalcom | December 8, 2011

Donald Blankenship, whose former coal company Massey Energy was fined a record $10.8 million for safety violations connected to the worst mining accident in 40 years, has started a new mining company in Kentucky.

Alpha Natural Resources shares spike on record revenues

Andrew Topf | November 3, 2011

Shares in Alpha Resources (NYSE:ANR) climbed 13% today on news that the company pulled in record revenues this year and beat analyst targets.

The Virginia-based company, which acquired Massey Energy after a deadly blast at one of its coal mines last year, said it posted a record $2.3 billion in the first nine months of the year due in part to the inclusion of a full quarter of Massey's results, which contributed $805 million.

Over shareholder objections, Alpha, Massey officially finalize $7bn merger

Mineweb | June 1, 2011

Alpha Natural Resources is expected to complete its $7 billion acquisition of Massey Energy Wednesday morning, after Massey shareholders lost two legal challenges in West Virginia and Delaware courts to stop the transaction. Meanwhile two prominent Democrats serving on the …