Alpha Natural Resources Mining News

Contura, Alpha to merge, creating largest US met coal producer

The deal comes as investors look for consolidation in an industry that is recovering from a deep downturn in 2015 and 2016.

Alpha Natural execs. face fraud charges for failing to disclose $100M in liabilities

Regulators argue the undisclosed liabilities increase the probability that the state will be left with claims under the surface-mining and other environmental laws.

Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal near bankruptcy exit deals

Alpha, which filed for bankruptcy in August last year, is scheduled to ask a federal judge Thursday to approve its exit plan despite objections to it.

These five coal miners spent $95 million on lobbying before going bankrupt

Report claims that Walter Energy, Patriot Coal, Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Peabody Energy also allocated more than half a billion dollars for top executives salaries in decade before going bankrupt.

Clinton begins touring core of US struggling coal industry

She is still trying to recover from her televised comments in March, when she said she would put coal companies and miners out of business.

US prosecutors want max of 1 year in prison for ex-Massey Energy CEO

Blankenship is scheduled to be sentenced on April 6, day that marks the sixth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster.

Bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources lays off over 230 coal miners

This is the third time in a month the U.S. coal miner downsizes its workforce.

US sets moratorium on new federal coal leases

The freeze on new leases for coal mined from federal lands is part of a sweeping review of the federal coal plan.

US coal miners’ struggles at dawn of 20th century not too far from today’s

Documentary to air Jan. 26 on PBS tells the story of how coal miners came together in a protracted struggle for their rights.

President Obama to revamp coal industry, calls miners to 'invest in the future'

In his final State of the Union address, Obama said companies leasing coal and oil rights on federal land should pay more for the effects those fuels have on climate change.

US coal industry on board 'slow-motion train wreck'— report

Analysts from McKinsey and Co. warn the U.S. is currently home to a collection of “zombie mines” that cannot turn a profit, but are too costly to close.

Ex-Massey Energy CEO's fate in hands of West Virginia jury

Jurors have begun deliberating the fate of Blankenship, leader of the company that owned the Upper Big Branch mine at the time of a 2010 deadly explosion.

Defence of West Virginia's former 'King of Coal' rests without calling witnesses

Former Massey Energy CEO, Don Blankenship, could face up to 30 years in prison in relation with a deadly 2010 mine accident in West Virginia.

World coal consumption to drop up to 4% further by year-end

Use of coal for power generation peaked about two years ago, a new report suggests.

This is Hillary Clinton's $30bn plan to save coal miners

While the US Democratic presidential candidate doesn’t believe in coal mining, she plans to invest in job training and education, infrastructure and healthcare, and projects to turn abandoned mines into new real estate.

Total US coal mines the lowest on record — report

The total number of operating coal mines in the U.S. has hit its lowest point since at least 1923, one of the earliest year on record, according to the Energy Information Administration.

US coal industry’s cost cuts not enough to offset weak prices

Average sales margins for coal miners have fallen by about half since 2011, forcing three of the U.S.'s largest publicly traded producers to file for bankruptcy protection this year.

Alpha Natural Resources files for bankruptcy protection

The slump in the coal market has claimed another victim.

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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