User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
Category: Coal Mining
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New Wolf Creek seam producing coal at Twentymile mine southwest of Steamboat Springs 12.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Twentymile Coal Company Environmental Manager Jerry Nettleton told the Routt County Board of Commissioners this week that Twentymile Mine is currently mining in both the Wadge seam, which it has relied upon for many years for high-Btu coal, as well as the new Wolf Creek seam beneath it. Nettleton appeared before commissioners this week seeking to amend an existing permit to allow a 10-year extension for both mining and coal hauling permits at the nearby Sage Creek mine. The new mine represents the future of coal mining in West Routt County for Twentymile Coal Company, which is under contract to be purchased by Bowie Resource Partners. However, Nettleton told the county commissioners economic conditions dictate full operations at Sage Creek are probably a decade in the future, and the current plan is for mining in the Wadge seam to fully transition into Wolf Creek. That transition has already begun. “We’ve ramped down and are working in the Wolf Creek seam, as well as the Wadge seam right now,” ...
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Startup's purchase of Queensland coalmine avoids environmental scrutiny 12.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

A loophole could mean a company that raised just $750,000 to buy a mine with a $120m clean-up liability does not need to seek a new environmental permit

A loophole in Queensland mining laws could allow a startup company to avoid government scrutiny of its suitability to operate a coalmine with a $120m-plus environmental liability after raising less than $750,000 from investors.

Batchfire Resources has inked a deal to buy Callide mine that may also not require it to seek a new environmental permit, sparing it from a possible hike in the amount of money it must guarantee for site rehabilitation should it go under.

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The U.S. can't allow Supreme Court clean power roadblock to slow its fight against climate change 11.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The Supreme Court's order late Tuesday halting President Obama's Clean Power Plan is frustratingly opaque. The terse ruling offers no hints about why the court took the unusual step of pausing Obama's important new regulations — which would have significantly curtailed emissions from the nations'...

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Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty 11.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation’s obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement. But environmentalists and academic experts are more nervous. They are concerned that any significant pause in implementing mandated reductions […]
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Nathan Tinkler resigns as Australian Pacific Coal boss before bankruptcy case 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Former billionaire’s resignation comes a day after federal court paved the way for Tinkler to be declared bankrupt

Former billionaire Nathan Tinkler has quit the helm of Australian Pacific Coal as he prepares to launch a court appeal to stave off bankruptcy.

Related: Newcastle Jets owner Nathan Tinkler pays debts, names new CEO

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India's manpower, Australia's tech can lead to world beating outcome, says Goyal 10.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
Brisbane (Australia), Feb. 9 : Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said a combination of India's manpower and Australian technology would lead to a world beating outcome.
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Locals buy up empty houses to create homes and jobs | Dawn Foster 9.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Lottery-funded villagers around Barnsley are purchasing rundown houses from private landlords for local apprentices to do up – and local people to rent from a social landlord Driving into Goldthorpe, at first glance the Barnsley village looks typical of any English community: a small high street runs through the centre, with rows of red-brick terrace houses leading off. But the dilapidation quickly becomes apparent: the Co-operative supermarket has shut down and lies empty; no banks remain; boarded-up houses and shops disfigure every street, like missing teeth. The surroundings give a clue as to why Goldthorpe’s economy has been so decimated: the expansive green hills of the Dearne Valley ringing the village are former coalfields. When mining ceased, no jobs returned and many men never found work again. One electrical box on a street corner still bears some graffiti criticising Margaret Thatcher, and in April 2013, around 2,000 people crowded Goldthorpe’s streets to hold a mock funeral for the former ...
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Coal price won't improve for years and mining downturn will last: professor 9.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

John Rolfe says mining royalties shouldn’t be reduced as Queensland Resources Council warns jobs will be on chopping block without relief

The downturn in the coal industry will last longer than expected and prices won’t improve until at least 2020, an economics professor has warned.

The dire prediction comes as the Queensland Resources Council lobbies the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, for emergency relief measures to help prop up the state’s ailing coalmines and save thousands of jobs.

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City of Rocky Top settles suit with song copyright holders 9.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

ROCKY TOP, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Rocky Top has settled a lawsuit with the copyright holders of the bluegrass song the town is named after. Rocky Top changed its name from Lake City in 2014 after developers promised the new name would entice them to build a massive tourist complex in the former […]
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India, Australia form panel for LNG supply to power plants 8.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
Brisbane, Feb 8 : India and Australia on Monday decided to form a sub-group, comprising senior officials of government and industry from both sides, to prepare a roadmap to help provide cheap liquefied natural gas (LNG) for Indian power plants.
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Flurry of legislation introduced in wake of Gold King Mine blowout 5.2.2016 Durango Herald
In the six months since the Gold King Mine blowout, congressional leaders have attempted to move forward with several bills addressing the spill and other issues associated with leaking abandoned mines. Some, including the discussion draft of the Good Samaritan Cleanup of Orphan Mines Act and the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act, were in the...
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Wal-Mart's closures leave gaping voids throughout small-town America 5.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
To hear Mary Francis Matney tell it, Wal-Mart didn't kill the once-vibrant cluster of shops next to a railroad and a creek in the faded old coal town of Kimball, W.Va. — the disappearance of the mines had pretty well taken care of that already. But now that Wal-Mart is leaving, too, as one of ...
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Feds seek settlement in coal mine lawsuit 5.2.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Federal officials disclosed Thursday that they want to enter settlement talks with an environmental group that sued the government over the potential climate change impacts from burning coal mined in Western states.
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From coal to coding: Appalachian miners getting a fresh start 5.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

Bit Source, a Pikeville, Ky., startup, is out to prove there’s life after coal for the thousands of industry veterans who’ve lost their jobs.
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Norway's oil-based wealth fund sells out of more fossil fuel companies 5.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

The 73 companies posed too much of a social or environmental risk to the $794bn fund, the annual report said, as it steps up its divestments

Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, has sold out of 73 companies in the past year because their social or environmental policies could hurt profitability.

The Norwegian state pension fund’s annual report relating to “responsible investment” did not give the names of companies, but it indicated that most were coal or energy companies using coal, as well as those involved in mining, producing cement and heavy construction.

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APNewsBreak: Feds seeking settlement in coal mining lawsuits 5.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials disclosed Thursday that they want to enter settlement talks with an environmental group that sued the government over the potential climate change impacts from burning coal mined in Western states. Government attorneys have asked judges overseeing the cases to put them on hold until April 1 while negotiations take […]
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Adani freezes investment in Carmichael mine until world coal price recovers 4.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Briefings spark speculation company might abandon plans for mine altogether amid move into solar projects worth US$16bn

Adani has frozen its investment in Australia’s largest proposed coalmine until world coal prices show a clear recovery, its executives have indicated in stock analyst briefings in India.

The briefings even gave rise to speculation that Adani Enterprises, which has previously flagged spending $4.1bn on the Carmichael mine in north Queensland, might abandon its plans for the mine altogether amid a huge move by the company into solar energy.

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Villagers fight to keep their slag-heap: archive, 4 February 1957 4.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
4 February 1957: Cherished by locals, the amenity in Glamorganshire is said to be a product of far-sighted planning and silvicultural experimentation Slag-heaps, as spoil-tips of all kinds are commonly miscalled, give endless trouble to planning authorities, national and local. The creation of a new one, for instance, requires planning permission, and is almost invariably opposed by amenity societies. But a new kind of trouble has arisen in Glamorganshire over a slag-heap (and this one really is a slag-heap) near Ysguborwen Bridge: the local residents are up in arms - in the name of amenity - because somebody is carting it away. Glamorganshire people are traditionally awkward customers. Legend has it that when, in the years of depression, Cwm Rhondda’s spoil-tips were shovelled away to make work for the unemployed local residents complained of the draught. But there is nothing perverse about the campaign to save the tip at Ysguborwen Bridge, for it is covered with majestic elms, sycamores, and silver ...
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US electricity industry's use of coal fell to historic low in 2015 as plants closed 4.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

The biggest source of climate pollution dropped to 34% of US electricity generation and co-author of a new report says: ‘These are permanent changes’

America’s use of coal for electricity dropped to its lowest point in the historical record in 2015, delivering a new blow to an industry already in painful decline.

The dirtiest of fossil fuels and America’s biggest single source of climate pollution, coal accounted for just 34% of US electricity generation last year, according to the Sustainable Energy in America handbook on Thursday.

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Australia energy firm drops CSG plans 4.2.2016 BBC: Business
One of Australia's largest energy says it is winding down its coal seam gas operations, citing falling oil prices and long development times.
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