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  • Coal production down at Twentymile Mine ( Jobs & Energy: Colorado )

    02/22/2016 8:06:54 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Craig Daily Press ^ | February 19, 2016 | Matt Stensland
    The downward slide continued for Colorado's coal industry in 2015, highlighted by production at Routt County's Twentymile Mine, which was down 38 percent. Statewide, production in Colorado was down 18.5 percent, with 18.7 million tons, the lowest amount of coal mined in 23 years. ... Colorado Mining Association President Stuart Sanderson said the drop in production is a result of lower demand, but it was not caused by natural market forces. What we are seeing is the direct result of government regulations that are designed to drive coal out of the energy mix," Sanderson said. He called Colorado's 2010 Clean...
  • ‘Welcome Back Carter’ ( Destroying good paying jobs and )

    02/12/2016 12:06:40 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2016 | William Perry Pendley
    Obama on federal coal mining is a throwback to Carter administration failings. resident Obama's plot to use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to kill federal coal mining with a thousand paper cuts is not the first time he has used NEPA to try to end energy development. Disturbingly, his scheme is a throwback to President Carter and a decade-long moratorium that ended only when President Reagan took office. Meanwhile millions of Americans, vast regions and the nation's economy will suffer. In 2009, the Obama administration settled a "sweetheart lawsuit" by environmental groups by agreeing to a NEPA study on...
  • Sparks fly in debate over North Fork coal mining ( Jobs & Energy: Colorado )

    01/25/2016 8:57:07 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | January 24, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    Environmental organizations that offered more than 150,000 comments calling on the U.S. Forest Service to reject an agreement to allow additional mining in the North Fork area said the response demonstrated strong public opposition. More like "stuffing the ballot box," said an industry spokesman who noted that the environmental opposition would undermine a bargain fashioned over five years of talks. The Forest Service proposes reinstating the North Fork coal-mining exception to the Colorado Roadless Rule. The exception would allow Arch Coal to extend the West Elk Mine near Somerset below the roadless area. The roadless exemption would allow construction of...
  • Community convenes for Colowyo ( Coal mining & electric power Jobs: Colorado )

    07/31/2015 1:03:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Steamboat Today ^ | July 31, 2015 | Patrick Kelly
    Craig community leaders hosted a meeting Thursday at Moffat County High School to provide a brief update on the situation at Colowyo Coal Mine, answer questions and facilitate public comment on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcements environmental assessment. Ray Beck, Craig mayor, opened the gathering by telling the audience about the economic significance of Colowyo mines 220 jobs to Craig and Northwest Colorado. This is not the time to slow down, Beck said, emphasizing the importance of community feedback on the development of the mines new environmental assessment. When the OMSREs recommendation to approve mining plans for...
  • DEADLINE! Government has Until Midnight to Save Colowyo ( Coal mining Jobs: Colorado )

    07/07/2015 3:06:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | July 7, 2015
    The community of Craig is holding its collective breath today, waiting on the feds to decide by midnight whether they will bother to challenge a court decision that threatens to shutter the Colowyo Mine. The Interior Department has gobbled up the entire period allotted to them to decide whether to appeal. We can only hope they have used this time wisely to decide in favor of the 200 plus workers whose jobs are on the line. And the lines in the proverbial sands have been clearly drawn. On one side is the radical environmental group WildEarth Guardians, who brought the...
  • Alpha Natural Resources scaling back central Appalachian mining operations; 439 jobs will be lost

    05/22/2015 2:01:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    Bristol Herald Courier ^ | May 22, 2015 | SUSAN CAMERON
    BRISTOL, Va. -- Alpha Natural Resources announced this afternoon that it's idling the mining and processing operations at Rockspring Development Camp Creek underground mine in Wayne County, West Virginia, which will mean the loss of 439 jobs. Employees were notified today about the idling "based on the mine operator's current assessment of market conditions,"according to a news release issued by Alpha Natural Resources. Last week, three other Alpha-affiliated mine operators announced reductions in work force "due to sustained weak market conditions and government regulations that have challenged the entire central Appalachian coal industry. A total of 71 employees were affected...
  • Report shows coals big role in northwest Colorado

    02/17/2015 7:30:43 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 16, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Coal is a small part of Colorados economy as a whole, but nearly half of the statewide industry is based in far northwest Colorado, where it helps boost average household income higher than the average for the state as a whole. ... While coal mining directly accounts for 4.6 percent of the regions total employees, at 1,545 jobs, it makes up more than 17 percent of the regions total economic output, says the report, by Broomfield economist Gary Horvath. Another 571 people are directly employed in the regions electrical power generation industry, which is supplied by locally generated coal, and...
  • US Sen. Jay Rockefeller heads into retirement

    01/04/2015 11:27:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2015 4:55 PM EST | John Raby
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller and West Virginia were an odd mix at firsta Harvard-educated native New Yorker from one of the nations richest families arriving in one of the poorest states. Through a half century of public service, he made it work. And as he heads into retirement as the last member of the Rockefeller family dynasty in political officeand the only Democratthe five-term U.S. senator leaves a blueprint for fighting to fix real-life problems for burdened families and to protect the nations coal miners. [] Rockefeller was the states junior senator for 25 years, yet carved his own path of...
  • Sen.-Elect Capito: Will Be 'Extremely Aggressive' in Trying to Rollback EPA Regulations [W.Va]

    11/10/2014 1:17:52 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) pledged on Fox News Sunday to be extremely aggressive in trying to rollback some regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. Extremely aggressive, she said when asked how aggressive she would be in the Senate in trying to rollback some of the EPA regulations. That is my promise to West Virginia. We have lost over the last two years, 5,000 jobs. Those are just coal jobs. We had several thousand other miners who are what are called a warn notice, meaning they're potentially going to be losing their jobs. That doesn't even count the transportation job,...
  • EPA Rule Proposes First-Ever Carbon Limits on Power Plants

    03/28/2012 8:36:32 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 16 replies
    New American ^ | 3-27-12 | Brian Koenig
    The Obama administration is surging forward with a first-of-its-kind EPA rule for new power plants, in what Republicans and industry groups say will inflate electricity prices and possibly kill off coal, the preeminent U.S. energy source. The EPA announced the rule Tuesday, with a goal to curb carbon dioxide emissions by imposing strict regulations on new coal-fired plants, including a limit that caps plant emissions to not more than 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of energy generated. "Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put...
  • Contractors Claim Administration Pressed to 'Soften' Job-Loss Estimates From Mining Rule

    11/18/2011 1:42:13 PM PST · by mmanager · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 18, 2011 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration pressured analysts to change an environmental review to reflect fewer job losses from a proposed regulation, the contractors who worked on the review testified Friday. The dispute revolves around proposed changes to a rule regulating coal mining near streams and other waterways. The experts contracted to analyze the impact of the rule initially found that it would cost 7,000 coal jobs. But the contractors claim they were subsequently pressured to not only keep the findings under wraps but "revisit" the study in order to show less of an impact on jobs. Steve Gardner, president of Kentucky consulting...
  • President Obama:"Coal Creates Asthma". Note:Does This Mean "Naughty Kids" Can Sue Santa Claus?

    04/20/2011 7:35:09 PM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 21 replies ^ | 04/20/2011 | Kevin A Ward
    The challenge with coal is that although its very cheap, its also dirty. And it can create the kinds of air pollution that not only is contributing to climate change but is also creating asthma for kids nearby, Those words were uttered by President Obama today at a Facebook Town Hall meeting. Honest to God. It is true that coal emitting plants may contribute to those who have asthma suffering an bout, but how do you make the leap to "creating asthma"? Let us put aside the absurdity of the statement and suppose it were an accurate statement. It seems...
  • Massey Energy CEO on Mine Collapse - (interview with pompous ass Jonathan Hunt

    04/07/2010 12:22:58 PM PDT · by VRWCmember · 14 replies · 841+ views
    Fox News ^ | 04/06/2010 | Jonathan Hunt
    From FoxNews Shep Smith show on Tuesday. Interview by Jonathan Hunt with Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Watch the latest news video at
  • The Gold Standard For Hypocrisy On Coal

    02/08/2010 6:37:38 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 1 replies · 175+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 08 February 2010 | TonyfromOz
    The Labor Party is the party of the left side of politics in Australia, similar in nearly every aspect to the U.S. Democrats. The Queensland State Labor Government has just made a $70 Billion deal for 6 new coal mines, the deal with the Mining magnate developer, the State, and China Power Inc. The deal will see 44 million tons of coal being shipped to China each year. This same State Labor Government agrees with the Federal Labor Government that CO2 emissions are the so called cause of Climate Change/Global Warming. At a Federal level, they propose to cut emissions...
  • Sing Along: 'This Land Is EPA's Land'

    12/16/2009 5:10:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 742+ views ^ | December 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: The Clean Water Act is being rewritten to give a government bureaucracy the power to regulate every body of water from the Mississippi River to a rain-flooded field. The first casualty may be American coal. With all the concern for the harm that cap-and-trade and regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant might do to the American economy and free markets, the Environmental Protection Agency is doing quite enough damage with an existing law on the books the Clean Water Act. Congress plans to revise it to make it an even more powerful bludgeon against industry, energy producers and...
  • Tribes Bash Sierra Club: Hopis, Navajos say environmentalists hurt their struggling economies.

    10/02/2009 6:01:43 AM PDT · by NaughtiusMaximus · 17 replies · 1,028+ views
    Flagstaff Arizona Daily Sun ^ | October 01, 2009 | Felicia Fonseca AP
    The leader of the country's largest Indian reservation threw his support behind the neighboring Hopi Tribe, whose lawmakers declared environmental groups unwelcome on the reservation. Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. and Hopi lawmakers say environmentalists' efforts could hurt the tribes' struggling economies by slowing or stopping coal mining. Shirley said Wednesday that he will stand in solidarity with the Hopi Tribe, and joined Hopi lawmakers in encouraging other tribes to re-evaluate their relationships with environmentalists.
  • I need some help finding contributors to the Rainforest Action Network

    06/23/2009 9:29:11 AM PDT · by Armedanddangerous · 9 replies · 647+ views
    A group of eco terrorists last week invaded a coal mining operation in our county and caused a load of trouble.
  • China makes first 2,210-kw coal mining machine

    12/13/2008 11:21:40 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1,180+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 12/14/08
    China makes first 2,210-kw coal mining machine 2008-12-14 00:06:27 Print The first China-made 2,210 kilowatt coal mining machine passed check and appraisal on Saturday in the northwestern Shaanxi Province, reducing the reliance on exports. (Xinhua Photo) Photo Gallery>>> XI'AN, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- The first China-made 2,210 kilowatt coal mining machine passed check and appraisal on Saturday in the northwestern Shaanxi Province, reducing the reliance on exports. Trial operation showed the remote control machine, produced by Xi'an Coal Mining Machine Co. Ltd, can mine eight million tons of coal annually, according to the Shaanxi Provincial Science and Technology Department....
  • After 135 years, mine bill passes ( Ready for higher energy prices ? )

    11/03/2007 9:00:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies · 234+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | November 02, 2007 | GARY HARMON
    Measure passed in U.S. House aims to protect environment. A measure that would amend the General Mining Law of 1872 to establish environmental protections and eliminate land patenting passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo, voted with the 244-166 majority and hailed the legislation for its environmental protections and reclamation requirements on hard-rock mining. I have heard from constituents in Crested Butte, the Summitville area, and throughout Colorado who want to protect our precious water resources, said Salazar, whose 3rd Congressional District includes most of the Western Slope. After 135 years, I am glad the...
  • Rule to Expand Mountaintop Coal Mining

    08/24/2007 1:51:02 PM PDT · by balch3 · 11 replies · 601+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 22, 2007 | OHN M. BRODER
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams. It has been used in Appalachian coal country for 20 years under a cloud of legal and regulatory confusion. The new rule would allow the practice to continue and expand, providing only that mine operators minimize the debris and cause the least environmental harm, although
  • Radiation Risk and Ethics

    03/02/2006 12:26:27 PM PST · by Species8472 · 13 replies · 436+ views
    Physics Today ^ | September 1999 | Zbigniew Jaworowski
    RiskWorld Home Page Radiation Risk and Ethics by Zbigniew Jaworowski* (Reprinted with permission from Physics Today, 52(9), September 1999, pp. 24-29, American Institute of Physics.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The established worldwide practice of protecting people from radiation costs hundreds of billions of dollars a year to implement and may well determine the world's future energy system. But is it right? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The psychosomatic disorders observed in the 15 million people in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia1 who were affected by the April 1986 Chernobyl accident are probably the accidents most important effect on public health.2 These disorders could not be attributed to the...
  • Coal dust embedded in miners' veins

    01/15/2006 7:49:34 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies · 745+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 15 Jan 06 | Sharon Sherman
    "In the sweet bye and bye, we shall meet on that beautiful shore." I last heard that old hymn at my father's funeral and thought I had made my peace at last with the specter of death that had haunted my childhood. I thought so until Monday, Jan. 3, when a coal mine exploded in West Virginia, and in my heart. Suddenly, I was 8 years old, a third-grader in the six-room schoolhouse
  • Enviro Kerry May Lose Coal States

    08/15/2004 2:31:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 1,090+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/15/04 | Carl Limbacher
    John Kerry's enthusiasms for job-destroying environmental regulations could cost him the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia where coal mining is a major industry. Already Kerry is attempting to reposition himself on these issues. Kerry now claims that he disagrees with Al Gore's anti-coal mining policies such as his support of the Kyoto Treaty, which would have devastated both the industry and the U.S. economy. Though kerry's voting record and public pronouncements placed him solidy in the Gore camp, Kerry has sought to portray himself as a friend and supporter of coal miners, pledging to protect their jobs...
  • Trapped Russian Miners Found Alive After Five Days (Update)

    10/29/2003 7:06:56 AM PST · by presidio9 · 7 replies · 161+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Oct 29, 2003 | Vasily Fedosenko
    Eleven Russian miners, trapped for nearly a week after a giant underground lake burst into their shaft in southern Russia, have been found alive and brought to the surface, local officials said Wednesday. Reuters Photo But a twelfth miner was dead and another was still missing in the coal mine. A Reuters reporter saw 11 exhausted miners, their faces pitch black and hair covered in grime, emerge from the shaft man after man -- some wrapped in blankets, some on stretchers, and some smiling broadly and squinting in weak sunlight. Some walked unaided and cheerfully waved hands as relatives cried...
  • Search for trapped Russian miners

    10/24/2003 10:06:40 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 22 replies · 167+ views
    CNN ^ | Friday, October 24, 2003 | Ryan Chilcote
    <p>SHAKHTY, Russia (CNN) -- Rescuers are racing against time to free dozens of miners trapped underground in a flooded mine in southern Russia's Rostov region.</p> <p>Officials from Russia's Emergency Ministry in Rostov-on-the-Don -- the regional capital -- said the Zapadnaya mine began filling with water Thursday evening, shorting out the mine's electrical system and making the elevator to the surface inoperable.</p>