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In new book, coal miners tell stories in their own words

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — For decades, coal communities bustling with miners and their families filled the landscape of southern West Virginia. As the years have gone by, the industry has changed — machines replaced men, strikes, layoffs, closures, environmental and safety concerns hit hard — and today many of those communities exist in name only. But the feelings and emotions, ...

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Reality tempers optimism in coal country after court ruling

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 photo, a miner works underground in the Sewell "R" coal mine in Yukon, W.Va. For the long-suffering communities that depend on coal, a recent Supreme Court ruling temporarily blocking greenhouse gas reductions was seen as a rare victory. But coal country residents say the reprieve may only be temporary as utilities turn away from coal generation and production continues to slide. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope. Hope that by blocking a new federal rule cutting power-plant emissions, the court has turned the tide after years of regulations and declining production. Hope that the jobs that once brought good wages to people who desperately needed ...

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Illinois coal mine owner seeks expansion as fire lingers

HILLSBORO, Ill. (AP) — The owner of a central Illinois coal mine where an underground fire has smoldered for nearly a year is asking state regulators to approve an expansion that some local residents fear could jeopardize public health and cause environmental damage. Foresight Energy ceased production at its Deer Run Mine in early January after what it calls a ...

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Federal coal sales moratorium shakes industry stronghold

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Belle Ayr Mine near Gillette, a northeastern Wyoming coal town where the owner has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and worries about the local economy run high. Coal’s been hit hard by bankruptcies, new pollution rules and the decline of a once-promising export market, and now, the federal government’s blocking of new coal sales has left people in places like Gillette, in a rare mood: Pessimistic. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal. Lately the bumps for an industry that’s brought wealth and jobs to this town are getting bigger — bankruptcies of major producers, pollution rules that have made burning coal more expensive and the decline of a once-promising export market. ...

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Arch Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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NEW YORK (AP) — Arch Coal, which has been hurt by the weakening demand for coal, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday. The coal industry is struggling as electric power companies shift to using natural gas, which costs less than coal and produces less pollution. Other coal companies have filed for bankruptcy protection recently, including Alpha Natural Resources Inc. ...

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Report: EPA used ‘covert propaganda’ on WOTUS

Last week was a tough one for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. proposal. First, the government watchdog found the EPA campaign to promote WOTUS violated federal lobbying rules and the proposal was nearly killed in a 2,000-page congressional omnibus bill. WOTUS proposed tougher standards for water quality around coal mines and requiring companies to accept additional responsibility ...

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For struggling coal miners, are trees the answer?

Tom Clarke is planting the seed that he hopes will save, or at least cushion the fall, of the coal industry that is so tied to the Appalachian region he calls home. Actually, for his plan to work, he’ll have to plant hundreds of millions of them. The Roanoke, Va., hospital executive and conservationist turned heads last week when his ...

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Impact of U.S. Clean Power Plan unclear


When Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources filed for bankruptcy this month, it became the latest in a long line of coal industry casualties in recent years. Was it any coincidence, though, some wondered, that the move by one of the country’s leading coal producers came just hours before the release of President Obama’s sweeping plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from ...

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Group rallies for power plan

Enjoy your Popsicle while you can. That, in a cool nutshell, was the message of Environment Colorado’s Thursday morning rally on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. Members of the Denver-based group were handing out Popsicles to passers-by while trumping the benefits of the recently instituted federal Clean Power Plan. This “Beat the Heat” campaign stressed that rising temperatures around ...

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Concerns grow about coal industry pensions, reclamation

As the Appalachian coal industry continues a long-predicted decline, serious concerns are mounting among labor unions, citizens groups and regulators that financially troubled producers could try to abandon their obligations to fund miners’ pensions and health care benefits and try to escape from their commitments to reclaim mine sites and clean up polluted streams. Last week, the United Mine Workers ...

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