The Obama administration has called for a broad array of reforms to its coal-leasing program, including royalty rates increases.
West Virginia Mining News
Congress has now the power to kill in one fell swoop dozens of regulations and executive orders recently issued by President Barack Obama.
Individuals from coal-depleted regions in Appalachia say politicians want to create jobs in mines but overlook the fact that coal is simply running out.
Under the new rule companies must restore streams, return mined areas to their original form as well as test and monitor streams near coal mines before, during and after drilling.
Regulators argue the undisclosed liabilities increase the probability that the state will be left with claims under the surface-mining and other environmental laws.
He has promised to ease regulations on the coal and oil sectors, and pull the US from global agreements aimed to curb climate change.
Move comes three weeks before a federal appeals court hears Don Blankenship’s challenge of his criminal conviction.
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.
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.
Blankenship is expected to begin serving his time in California today, after being convicted of conspiring to wilfully violate mine safety standards at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine.
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.
The sentencing comes six years and one day after a fatal explosion killed 29 at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine.
This is the third time in a month the U.S. coal miner downsizes its workforce.
The new mineral processing technique also makes the extraction environmentally friendly.
The freeze on new leases for coal mined from federal lands is part of a sweeping review of the federal coal plan.
Documentary to air Jan. 26 on PBS tells the story of how coal miners came together in a protracted struggle for their rights.
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.
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.
Use of coal for power generation peaked about two years ago, a new report suggests.
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.
The Ohio-based company says the new ozone standards will severely harm the country's already battered coal industry.
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.
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.
Already battered by increasingly onerous regulations on pollution from power generation, U.S. coal miners are now suffering the impact of cheap natural gas on the industry.
Unsurprisingly, coal mine employment has continued to fall as coal-fired power plants nationwide are shuttered over regulations and lower natural gas prices, but a narrow band of counties stretching through Central Appalachia continue to bear the brunt of coal job losses.