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Cleanup requirements hold up sale of Blackjewel coal mines

Oct. 10, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Cleanup requirements are holding up the sale of a bankrupt coal company's mines in Wyoming and Appalachia. West Virginia-based Blackjewel proposes to sell mines including the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr operations in Wyoming to an affiliate of Alabama-based FM Coal with help from...

Blackhawk Mining closes 3 West Virginia coal mines

Oct. 9, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Blackhawk Mining says it's closing three mines and two preparation plants in West Virginia amid weak global coal markets. The Kentucky-based coal company on Tuesday announced the idling of its facilities in Logan and Mingo counties. The move will impact 342 employees. Blackhawk...

Bankrupt Wyoming coal firm under investigation for fraud

Oct. 7, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government began a fraud investigation into coal company Blackjewel LLC prior to the company's sale last week of two Wyoming coal mines, according to court documents. The document filed Saturday indicates the investigation also preceded Blackjewel's July bankruptcy filing,...

Kentucky Dem looks to made inroads in pro-Trump coal country

Oct. 2, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — At the front of a parade through downtown Hazard, Andy Beshear briskly crisscrossed the street to greet more people. The Democratic candidate for governor of Kentucky was mining for support in coal country, where voters have swung to the GOP as coal jobs vanish. Not far behind, a...

Coal miners blocking rail shipments end protest

Sep. 26, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A group of Kentucky coal miners who sat on railroad tracks in order to block a shipment of coal while protesting bounced paychecks is ending a standoff after two months. The miners formerly employed by Blackjewel in Harlan County drew national media attention for the old-fashioned...

Pollution found in US river downstream of Canada mines

Sep. 23, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government scientists found high levels of pollution that can be toxic to fish, aquatic insects and the birds that feed on them in a river that flows into Montana and Idaho from a coal mining region of Canada, officials said Monday. Elevated levels of selenium were found in fish...

Another company seeks to buy idle Wyoming coal mines

Sep. 20, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Another company says it wants to buy two idle Wyoming coal mines. Littleton, Colorado-based Aspen Coal and Energy has made an offer to buy the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines from Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel. The mines have been idle since Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy July...

New company enters possible deal for idle Wyoming coal mines

Sep. 19, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Another buyer has entered a potential bankruptcy deal that could allow two idle Wyoming mines to reopen but would in effect pay the coal company to do so. Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy said Wednesday it reached a tentative deal to pay Jasper, Alabama-based FM Coal $90...

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained of the last case, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she...

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she worked. Then mine...