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Wyoming sides with Arch, Peabody in coal joint venture case

Jul. 10, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming is siding with two major coal companies as U.S. regulators try to block their efforts to merge operations in the nation's top coal-producing region. The benefits of a joint venture between Arch Resources and Peabody Energy, both based in St. Louis, would outweigh...

Environmental groups sue over W.Va. coal reclamation fund

Jul. 10, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups have sued the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection over what they say is the agency’s failure to adhere to federal reporting requirements for a coal mine reclamation fund. The lawsuit filed Thursday by the West Virginia Highlands...

Wyoming regulators approve coal mine construction, permit

Jul. 8, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental regulators have approved a construction of a coal mine in northern Wyoming, the state's first new coal mine in almost half a century. The Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday that it will issue a permit to Brook Mining Company LLC that will allow the firm...

COVID-19 causes dismal quarter for Wyoming coal industry

Jul. 7, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming coal production has fallen dramatically as the coronavirus exacerbates a long-term trend of diminishing demand for the fossil fuel to generate electricity. Wyoming's 16 coal mines produced 34% less coal in April, May and June compared with the same period in 2019, according to...

A woman walks by the closed Wujek coal mine in Katowice, Poland, Saturday, July 4, 2020. The coronavirus has ripped through Poland's coal mines, where men descend deep underground in tightly packed elevators and work shoulder-to-shoulder. The virus hot spots, centered in the southern Silesia region, have paralyzed an already-troubled industry, forcing many to stay home from work and triggering a three-week closure of many state-run mines. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Coronavirus slams Poland's already-troubled coal industry

Jul. 7, 2020 4:34 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The coronavirus has ripped through Poland's coal mines, where men descend deep underground in tightly packed elevators and work shoulder-to-shoulder to extract the source of 75% of the nation’s electrical power. Of Poland's more than 36,000 reported COVID-19 cases, about 6,500...

The controversial most modern Uniper Datteln 4 coal-powered plant steams behind a corn field one month after the operational start in Datteln, Germany, Friday, July 3, 2020. The state governors Dietmar Woidke of Brandenburg, Michael Kretschmer of Saxony, Reiner Haseloff of Saxony-Anhalt and Armin Laschet of North Rhine-Westphalia meet in Berlin for the adoption by the Bundestag and Bundesrat of the laws on coal phase-out and structural strengthening in the affected federal states. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear

Jul. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money. Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday envision...

Former banker pleads guilty to fraud, money laundering

Jun. 25, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former banker has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering for approving a series of bank loans to a man whose applications did not include private loans the banker knew about. Stephen Phillip Casher, 46, pleaded guilty Wednesday after two days of testimony at his trial in...

Report: Montana coal production down amid declining demand

Jun. 17, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal production in Montana has decreased by more than 3 million tons in the last year, a result attributed to more affordable alternatives such as renewable resources, a federal energy report said. U.S. Energy Information Administration found that coal mines produced 32.8 million...

Elderly residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus wait at a bus stop with a map of Beijing near a neighborhood under lockdown in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: New Zealand PM assigns military leader to border

Jun. 16, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assigned a top military leader to oversee the nation’s border quarantine measures after what she described as an “unacceptable failure” by health officials in allowing two women who had recently returned from...

FILE - In this March 11, 2018, file photo, Cecil Roberts, president of United Mine Workers of America, speaks at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg, Pa. United Mine Workers and the United Steelworkers unions asked a court Tuesday, June 16, 2020 to force the federal government to take unspecified measures to protect them from the coronavirus. The petition asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for an expedited order against the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.    (Antonella Crescimbeni/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)

Coal union seeks order protecting miners from coronavirus

Jun. 16, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A union representing U.S. coal miners asked a court Tuesday to force the federal government to take unspecified measures to protect them from the coronavirus. The petition asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for an expedited order against the U.S....