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January US mine inspections result in 138 citations

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors issued 138 citations and four orders at U.S. mine operations in January. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the inspections were conducted at 11 coal mines and six other mines in 12 states, including Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The impact inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia ...

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Consol selling coal assets, suspending dividend

Due to low energy prices, Consol Energy is selling some of its coal assets.

NEW YORK (AP) — Consol Energy Inc. is selling several mines and coal reserves to Coronado IV LLC. for $420 million. It says it will also suspend its dividend as it continues to deal with declining energy prices. Its shares rose more than 4 percent in morning trading Monday. The company is selling its Buchanan mine in southwestern Virginia, its ...

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Vote puts McAuliffe in tight spot on coal tax credits

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have now approved extended coal-related tax credits by veto-proof margins, putting Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a potentially tight spot. The governor vetoed similar legislation last year and Democrats in the General Assembly helped sustain the veto. He has spoken out this year against extending the credits, saying they’ve ...

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Peabody coal clean-up costs questioned in Illinois

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ST. LOUIS — A Midwest environmental group is questioning the ability of the country’s largest coal producer to guarantee it has enough money for future cleanup of its Illinois mines. State regulators allow St. Louis-based Peabody Energy to pledge it has adequate assets to pay for the estimated $92 million needed to reclaim three southern Illinois mines once there’s no ...

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Report: Kentucky coal at lowest production since 1950s

A Caterpillar D9 bulldozer pushes a mountain of coal at a rail/barge terminal on the Tennessee River. Calvert City, September 2010. (Image: Kentucky Photo File via Flickr - CC3)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Coal production in Kentucky has slumped to its lowest level since the 1950s after declining nearly 21 percent in 2015. A report released Monday by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says production fell to 61 million tons last year, compared to 77 million tons in the previous year. The 2015 total was the lowest in Kentucky ...

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Bill advances to make coal sector eligible for incentives

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Appalachian lawmakers talked about the desperation for jobs in the coalfields as a House panel approved a bill Thursday to make the hard-hit coal industry eligible for state economic development incentives. House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins said the measure would “right a wrong” by letting coal companies seek the same economic incentives already available for other ...

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Blackhawk Mining to idle 146 West Virginia workers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Blackhawk Mining has announced plans to idle some coal operations in southern West Virginia and permanently lay off 146 workers. Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk Mining sent layoff warning notices to the Kanawha County Commission on Monday. The Panther Creek mine in Kanawha County was part of Blackhawk Mining’s purchase through an auction of a substantial amount of bankrupt ...

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APNewsBreak: Deal averts Montana coal mine shutdown

BILLINGS, Mont. — A central Montana coal mine reached an agreement Monday with environmentalists and state regulators that is intended to avoid a major shutdown as a declining coal market leaves the future of some mining companies in doubt. The deal comes after a state review panel rejected an expansion permit granted to the Bull Mountain Mine in 2013, threatening ...

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