West Virginia Mining News

US coal tycoon Robert Murray sues ‘Last Week Tonight’ host, network

The suit claims that host Oliver, the show's writers, HBO, and Time Warner executed "a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate" Murray's character and reputation.

Coal mine openings in the US inject some hope into beleaguered sector

Corsa Coal’s Acosta Deep mine, to begin operations in June, will create about 600 jobs.

US Gov’t mulls raising royalties for coal mining in public lands

The Obama administration has called for a broad array of reforms to its coal-leasing program, including royalty rates increases.

US Republicans pass bill to block last minute Obama regulations on coal

Congress has now the power to kill in one fell swoop dozens of regulations and executive orders recently issued by President Barack Obama.

Here’s how this West Virginia town is dealing with a fading coal industry

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.

US authorities set stricter rules for coal mining near streams

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.

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.

Coal, oil industries see brighter future after Trump victory

He has promised to ease regulations on the coal and oil sectors, and pull the US from global agreements aimed to curb climate change.

Ex-Massey Energy CEO Blankenship claims being a ‘political prisoner’

Move comes three weeks before a federal appeals court hears Don Blankenship’s challenge of his criminal conviction.

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.

US court rejects coal CEO Blankenship bid to remain free during appeal

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.

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.

Ex-coal CEO sentenced to a year in prison over mine-safety conspiracy

The sentencing comes six years and one day after a fatal explosion killed 29 at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine.

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 scientists figure cost-effective way to extract rare earths from coal

The new mineral processing technique also makes the extraction environmentally friendly.

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.

US coal miner Murray Energy sues Obama Administration

The Ohio-based company says the new ozone standards will severely harm the country's already battered coal industry.

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.