Walter Energy Mining News

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.

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.

Falling coal takes its toll – U.S. miner selling B.C. mines

For sale: Three slightly used coalmines in B.C.'s Peace region.

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.

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.

The US coal industry just had the worst week in years

A wave of bankruptcy is sweeping an industry already hit by competition from inexpensive natural gas, tougher environmental rules and a global coal glut that has decimated prices.

Major miner in B.C., on verge of bankruptcy, says overdue payments coming

Walter Energy, Inc. says it will come through with $64.2 million in interest payments due May 15 following concerns it was facing bankruptcy.

British Columbia's ten biggest mines

A look at Canada's third-largest mining province.