User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
Category: Coal Mining
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If we're going to mine coal, we have to have state mine inspections 22.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Of all the federal agencies created by Congress, one of the true success stories is the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which grew out of a bipartisan effort in 1977.

Most observers in coal country consider MSHA a hard-charging, effective little outfit. When federal safety inspectors show...

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Why does Trump keep making promises he can't keep? The secret lies in his past. 21.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Why does Trump keep making promises he can't keep? The secret lies in his past.
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This is the Rough N Rowdy, where a forgotten town dukes it out once a year 21.3.2017 Washington Post
Welch, W.Va., was once a bustling town at the heart of coal country. Now it’s a shell of itself. For one weekend each year, residents gather together, cheer and beat one another up.
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This is Rough N Rowdy, where a forgotten West Virginia town dukes it out once a year 21.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Welch, W.Va. — He exhaled heavily, ruffling the light brown hair near the bottom of his goatee. Two volunteers tightened red headgear snug around his chin. Jordan Price hadn’t planned to fight. The 18-year-old and his older brother had signed up as a joke. But it was too late to back out now. Price insisted to friends that he wasn’t nervous, but he sounded as though he were convincing himself. He hadn’t even trained, a choice his anxious eyes indicated he’d now begun to regret at least a little.... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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How Trump's Supreme Court Pick Quietly Wipes Out Environmental Cases 20.3.2017 Mother Jones
Faced with the Trump administration's assault on regulations, environmental advocates are planning to turn to the courts to limit some of the damage. Green groups are already crafting lawsuits to block any efforts to roll back rules on power plant emissions, vehicle pollution, coal mining, and pipeline permits. Environmentalists have been studying the record of Trump's Supreme Court nominee, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, whose Senate confirmation hearings begin Monday. They are trying to understand how he might handle cases on Obama-era climate initiatives, air pollution, and water quality, which may one day end up at the Supreme Court. Chief among their concerns are whether he will even allow them to have their day in court at all. "He’s not one of those judges who wants to swing the courthouse doors [open] to environmental suits," says Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. "It would lower their probability for success for those few ...
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Why the president’s big promises for coal miners may be empty 19.3.2017 Washington Post
Trump has vowed to roll back environmental regulations that the industry says are part of a “war on coal.” But while the industry still has a pulse, the prospects for the return of jobs are weak.
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World Bank indirectly backs harmful S-E Asian projects: watchdog 17.3.2017 Hindu: International
Says bank funds can increase poverty, social strife and promote projects which hasten climate change
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Editorial: New Utah mine lease is the beginning of coal's last gasp 17.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Elections have consequences. So it should be neither surprising nor all that depressing to hear that the new administration is reportedly about to keep a campaign promise and end the moratorium on coal leases on federal land. And it fits that Department of Interior has already approved a $23 million deal to allow the continued operation of the Sufco mine on the Greens Hollow tract, smack in the center of Utah. But, just as the news about coal mining on federal land should surprise no one, it is... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Gorsuch’s environment record: Neither a clear friend or foe 15.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

By the time a lawsuit over pollution from a nuclear weapons plant had reached Judge Neil Gorsuch, it had crawled through the courts for more than two decades, outliving some of the landowners who said the contamination destroyed their property values. That pace didn’t sit well with Gorsuch, a judge for the Denver-based 10th U.S. […]
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The frustrating truth behind Trump's promises to coal country 14.3.2017 Washington Post
The frustrating truth behind Trump's promises to coal country
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As China's Coal Mines Close, Miners Are Becoming Bolder In Voicing Demands 14.3.2017 NPR: Morning Edition
State-run coal mines are shutting down in China's rust belt. Facing layoffs, miners are worried about their future — and in the absence of labor unions, are organizing to demand better treatment.
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Boulder climate scientist sounds alarm over record carbon dioxide readings 13.3.2017 Denver Post: Local
One day after Scott Pruitt, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said carbon dioxide was not a primary contributor to global warming, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported a record-tying increase in its presence in the Earth's atmosphere.
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Boulder County to hold public hearing on proposed oil, gas regulations 13.3.2017 Denver Post: Local
Dozens of speakers are expected to testify at Boulder County commissioners' Tuesday public hearing on the latest set of county staff recommendations for rules and conditions that the county may apply to any future applications it gets for oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county.
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Consol hires two banks to find buyer for coal 4.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Consol Energy Inc. said it has hired advisers to help push ahead with plans to divest its coal business in a transaction that, people familiar with the matter say, could be worth $2.8 billion or more. The energy company is working with Credit Suisse Group and Bank of America Corp. to reach out to potential buyers, including Murray Energy Corp. and Alliance Resource Partners, the people familiar with the situation said. Canonsburg, Pa.-based Consol previously said it would consider selling or spi...
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Colorado drops out of Top 10 coal producers 4.3.2017 Denver Post: Business
Colorado lost its top 10 ranking among coal producing states after production suffered a 21.4 percent decline in 2015, according to a report Friday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Interior's Zinke promises review of coal leasing 4.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday promised a comprehensive review of the federal coal leasing program, even as President Donald Trump moves to do away with a moratorium on coal leases on public lands. Trump, who has vowed to revitalize the slumping coal industry, is expected to issue an executive order any day now abandoning the moratorium on new coal leases imposed under the Obama administration. Zinke, who was sworn in Wednesday as interior secretary, said he will “look at e...
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Interior Sec. Zinke promises review of coal leasing program 4.3.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday promised a comprehensive review of the federal coal leasing program, even as President Donald Trump moves to do away with a moratorium on coal leases on public lands....
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Interior Sec. Zinke promises review of coal leasing program 4.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday promised a comprehensive review of the federal coal leasing program, even as President Donald Trump moves to do away with a moratorium on coal leases on public lands. Trump, who has vowed to revitalize the slumping coal industry, is expected to issue an executive order any […]
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How the economy of West Virginia has changed over the past 25 years 4.3.2017 Washington Post
How the economy of West Virginia has changed over the past 25 years
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Tribes pressure feds on oil, gas drilling in New Mexico 2.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Albuquerque • Leaders from the nation’s largest Native American reservation and pueblos across New Mexico are putting more pressure on federal land managers to curb oil and gas development in the northwest corner of the state. The Navajo Nation has sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management seeking a moratorium on drilling and lease sales across a wide swath of land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historic Park. The All Pueblo Council of Governors also has raised concerns, and Democratic ...
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