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Wyoming wind farm making same power with 80% fewer turbines

Aug. 14, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Bigger, more efficient equipment will allow an electric utility to redevelop Wyoming's first commercial wind farm so it produces the same amount of power with far fewer turbines, an example of the growing feasibility of renewable energy in the top U.S. coal-mining state. Portland,...

Judge bars Trump from taking energy panel's advice

Aug. 13, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge barred the Trump administration on Tuesday from acting on the recommendations of an energy advisory panel that was created to make it easier to extract fossil fuels from public lands and waters. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sided with a Montana-based conservation group...

Police charge 72 demonstrators over Australian climate rally

Aug. 6, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Police arrested dozens of climate protesters who disrupted traffic Tuesday in the biggest city in Australia's main coal mining state. The demonstration was the latest in a series of protests by environmental group Extinction Rebellion to disrupt downtown Brisbane. Police charged...

Laid-off Kentucky miners head to hearing to request back pay

Aug. 5, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — As laid-off miners block coal trains in Kentucky, protesters are also taking a caravan to court in West Virginia to prod their bankrupt employer, who they say owes employees millions in back pay. The Louisville Courier Journal reports former Blackjewel coal miners are boarding a bus and...

Blackjewel's coal assets sold at auction; hearing Monday

Aug. 4, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Contura Energy has made a successful bid at an auction for the assets of three Blackjewel LLC coal mines, including two of the top producers in the country. The results are subject to a federal bankruptcy judge's approval Monday in Charleston. The judge ordered the parties to post...

Auction set for bankrupt coal producer Blackjewel's assets

Jul. 31, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An auction is set for the assets of bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC. A notice filed in federal bankruptcy court in West Virginia said the auction is scheduled for Thursday morning at the Cincinnati law office of attorneys representing Blackjewel. Bristol, Tennessee-based...

Miners block train tracks to protest bankrupt coal company

Jul. 30, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — Former Kentucky miners who say they haven't been paid by bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC were blocking train tracks Tuesday as part of a protest against the company. More than 20 miners and their families camped on tracks near Cumberland on Monday night to try to block trains...

The Latest: Coal company says its working on resolution

Jul. 30, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a Kentucky protest by former employees of a bankrupt coal operator (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A bankrupt coal operator is telling employees that it's working to resolve bankruptcy issues "as quickly as possible." The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Blackjewel LLC said in...

Bidding process set for bankrupt US coal operator Blackjewel

Jul. 26, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday approved a bidding process for mines owned by bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Volk in Charleston agreed with a motion by Blackjewel on a proposal made by Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy. Contura has offered $20.6...

Canada mine waste prompts calls for better water protection

Jul. 22, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Towns, tribes and politicians in U.S. states bordering British Columbia are seeking better oversight and stricter regulations to protect them from hazardous pollution that flow downstream from coal mines in the Canadian province. Leaders in Libby, Troy and Eureka, towns along the...