Latest Coal mining News

Woman rescued from West Virginia mine enters guilty plea

Dec. 10, 2019 5:29 PM EST

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who was rescued along with two other people from an inactive coal mine last year has pleaded guilty to destruction of property and conspiracy. Erica Treadway entered the plea deal Monday, news outlets reported. She faces up to eight years in prison at sentencing...

New Mexico utility regulators weigh costs of coal phase-out

Dec. 9, 2019 8:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Miners, environmentalists and utility customers weighed in Monday about the future of a major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico and a disputed financial plan to shutter the facility to make way for cleaner sources of electricity. Hearings this week at the Public Regulation...

Company lays off miners after hiring them from Blackjewel

Dec. 6, 2019 6:02 PM EST

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A coal producer that purchased multiple Kentucky mines and hired workers from a now-bankrupt company has laid some of the miners off. State Rep. Angie Hatton said miners told her Friday that Kopper Glo, the company that purchased mines from Blackjewel LLC., has idled its mines until at...

Massive Polish coal mine sparks international dispute

Dec. 6, 2019 7:37 AM EST

UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm...

Coal bankruptcy plan approved amid bonding uncertainty

Dec. 5, 2019 8:22 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge approved a bankruptcy reorganization for one of the biggest U.S. coal companies Thursday amid ongoing uncertainty about how its mines will be bonded in the long term. Gillette-based Cloud Peak filed for bankruptcy in May. In 2018, the company was the third-highest-producing...

Climate activists invade east German coal mines in protest

Nov. 30, 2019 11:21 AM EST

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Climate activists protested at open-pit coal mines in eastern Germany, pouring onto the premises to urge the government to immediately halt the use of coal to produce electricity. The news agency dpa reported that police estimated more than 2,000 people took part Saturday at sites...

Remembering, with resolve: Community recalls mine disaster

Nov. 24, 2019 9:01 AM EST

MANNINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Chris Varner held close his 2-year daughter, Braelynn, as he looked at the monument etched with 78 names. “They didn’t have to die,” he said. “But when they did, they forced the changes that made the rest of us safer. That’s just how it works in...

National rare-earth element research planned in Wyoming

Nov. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal energy officials have announced plans to conduct research on the extraction of rare earth elements in western U.S. regions. The Gillette News Record reported Thursday that the University of Wyoming School of Energy Research hopes to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy...

SRP to pay $21 M to settle claims over Arizona mine closure

Nov. 21, 2019 8:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Salt River Project has agreed to pay $21 million to settle claims from Peabody Energy over the closure of the Kayenta coal mine. The mine closed in August after sending its last coal shipment to the Navajo Generating Station near Page. The power plant shut down Monday after a 45-year run....

15 killed, 9 injured in northern China coal mine explosion

Nov. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion inside a coal mine in northern China has killed 15 miners and left another nine injured, authorities said Tuesday. The blast occurred Monday afternoon at a mine operated by the local Feng Yan Group in Shanxi province’s Pingyao county. Rescue work was halted early...