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[…]

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

House Republicans in the US passed legislation Wednesday to block or undo regulations and executive orders recently issued by President Barack Obama. Congress has now the power to kill in one fell swoop dozens of such laws, dubbed “midnight rules” — those rolled out in the last 60 legislative days of an outgoing administration. Congress has[…]

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

For years, US politicians have been promising to bring jobs and prosperity back to the country’s struggling coal-producing states. But according to a short documentary produced by VICE News Tonight, that task has proven more difficult that it seemed as in many of those places coal is vanishing just as fast as their jobs. VICE News[…]

US authorities set stricter rules for coal mining near streams

The US Interior Department published Monday a new rule that sets stricter conditions to coal miners with projects near streams and forests, one of several regulations the Obama administration seems to be rushing to release before President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month. The Stream Protection Rule, which updates 33-year-old legislation with stronger requirements for responsible surface coal[…]

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[…]

Coal, oil industries see brighter future after Trump victory

While the world’s financial markets were rocked Wednesday after US Republican candidate Donald Trump won the race for the White House, the country’s coal and oil industries began counting the days to see promises become reality. Throughout his campaign Trump repeatedly vowed to save the coal industry after years of bankruptcies and dwindling job prospects[…]

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

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who is serving a one-year sentence in a US prison for violating mine safety laws, is now calling himself an “American Political Prisoner.” In a 67-page booklet written behind bars, and with 250,000 copies to be distributed soon, the convicted coal boss said he is ready to shed “some truthful[…]