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Tribe members: Ancient bison kill site desecrated by mining

Nov. 9, 2019 12:59 PM EST

SARPY CREEK, Montana (AP) — When a coal company contractor working under federal oversight used a backhoe to dig up one of the largest known Native American bison killing grounds and make way for mining, investigators concluded the damage on the Crow Indian Reservation broke federal law and would cost $10...

AP PHOTOS: Indian coal mines still burning after a century

Nov. 9, 2019 5:54 AM EST

JHARIA, India (AP) — The fires started in 1916. More than a century later, coal pits in Jharia, in a remote corner of India's eastern Jharkhand state, continue to spew flames and clouds of poisonous fumes into the air. Coal is an important contributor to India's growth, supporting its iron and steel...

Coal plant on tribal land to close after powering US West

Nov. 3, 2019 3:21 AM EST

ALONG THE BLACK MESA AND LAKE POWELL RAILROAD, Ariz. (AP) — Ron Little nestles into a familiar seat aboard a train locomotive and slides the window open, leaning out to get a better view of dozens of rail cars that stretch for a mile behind and the landscape he knows so well. The heavy steel wheels roll...

Coal giant Murray Energy seeks bankruptcy protection

Oct. 29, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major U.S. coal mining company is seeking bankruptcy protection, despite a flurry of regulatory breaks that its CEO pushed for — and received — from the Trump administration. Ohio-based Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday, joining a...

Deal reached in dispute that shuttered large US coal mine

Oct. 25, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials reached a temporary deal on Friday that will allow one of the largest coal mines in the U.S. to reopen amid a legal dispute with its new owners from the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company shut down the mine Thursday after Montana regulators...

WV governor's companies want judge to reconsider $35M order

Oct. 25, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Lawyers for the business empire of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice want a federal judge to reconsider an order that would force the companies to pay $35 million for defaulting on a mining contract. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit stems from a 2005 deal in which Kentucky...

Navajo company shuts coal mine in dispute over sovereignty

Oct. 24, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of the largest coal mines in the U.S. was indefinitely shuttered Thursday in a dispute over whether its new owner should be immune as a tribal entity from future lawsuits for environmental violations or reclamation costs. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company blamed the state of...

Attorney: Blackjewel miners to receive back pay this week

Oct. 24, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Coal miners who blocked train tracks in Kentucky demanding to get paid for the coal they mined will benefit from a federal deal with the bankrupt company. Agreements filed in U.S. District Court this week will pay out nearly $5.5 million in back pay to miners from Blackjewel LLC's...

Deal for Wyoming mines called best-case for idled miners

Oct. 21, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two of the biggest U.S. coal mines have been sold, raising the possibility that hundreds of miners in Wyoming could return to work almost four months after the owner of the mines filed for bankruptcy protection. Tennessee-based Contura Energy announced Monday that Blackjewel closed...

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...