Trump goes after another of the Obama-era protection rules to favour miners

The Trump administration is going after another of the Obama-era environment protection rules by ordering a review of conservation plan for the greater sage grouse, in a move that would make more land available to oil, gas and mining companies. Announcing the measure, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that while the federal government has a responsibility under[…]

Another BHP investor pressing for oil spinoff, board shake-up

Australia’s Tribeca Investment Partners became Friday the second shareholder in world’s largest miner BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT) to publicly press for strategic changes at the company. Tribeca, a Sydney-based boutique hedge fund, has sent the miner an eight-page letter titled “Making BHP Great Again,” in which it says the company could raise nearly $10 billion from the[…]

BHP brands Elliott's overhaul proposals as flawed, costly

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT) has come up with a detailed response to activist investor Elliott Management, which issued a 10-page letter on Monday calling for major changes at the world’s largest mining company. In its extensive presentation, the Melbourne-based miner said the minor shareholder’s proposal to overhaul BHP’s structure and spin off its US petroleum division[…]

BHP Billiton to escalate defence from Elliott with Goldman’s help

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT) is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on a detailed response to activist investor Elliott Management, which yesterday issued a 10-page letter calling for major changes at the world’s largest mining company. The bank’s involvement in the issue is nothing new, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. In fact,[…]

BHP rejects activist fund Elliott urge to spin off US oil assets

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT), the world’s largest mining company, has rejected a push by activist investor Elliott Management to unlock shareholder value by spinning off about $22 billion of its US oil assets and list them in New York. The hedge fund manager’s demerger proposal, BHP said in a statement, included the suggestion of[…]

Peabody Energy back to the NYSE as emerges from bankruptcy

US coal miner Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU), the world’s largest privately owned producer of the fossil fuel, made a fresh debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday after emerging from an almost to the date year-long bankruptcy protection. Shares in the St. Louis-based company began trading at $31.50, but were already down 5.65% to[…]

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

The US government flagged this week the need to modernize rules governing coal sales from public lands to offset the climate change effects of burning the fuel and give taxpayers a fair return. In a preliminary report released Wednesday, which is part of a broad review of US coal sales, officials said the suggested changes include[…]

Alpha Natural execs. face fraud charges for failing to disclose $100M in liabilities

West Virginia has accused Alpha Natural Resources executives of potential fraud for not reporting $100 million in liabilities during bankruptcy proceedings. West Virginia regulators argued that had the $100 million cash burden been known, it might have thwarted Alpha Natural Resources’ restructuring agreement approval. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection said the coal miner, which filed for bankruptcy[…]

Alberta inks $1.36bn deal with three firms to shut down coal plants

The Canadian province of Alberta will pay three local coal power producers $1.36 billion over the next 14 years to compensate them for shutting down their plants early as part of the government’s climate change agenda. The province will pay Capital Power Corp., TransAlta Corp. and ATCO Ltd. a total of $97 million per year, beginning next[…]

Canada to fully phase out coal power by 2030

Canada’s Liberal government has taken a page from the Obama Administration’s books as it plans to completely phase out traditional coal power by 2030, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced Monday. Ottawa also said it would work with the country’s four provinces that still burn coal for electricity — Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick[…]