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Coal giant Murray Energy seeks bankruptcy protection

A major U.S. coal mining company, whose former CEO became a big supporter of President Donald Trump in his effort to save coal jobs, is seeking bankruptcy protection.


Mine shutdowns in top U.S. coal region bring new uncertainty

GILLETTE, Wyo. – At two of the world’s biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn’t even get toilet paper on credit.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017

US approves 60-million ton expansion of Montana coal mine

U.S. officials have approved a 60-million ton expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine that serves one of the largest power plants in the western United States, Interior Secretary Ryan …


Rich Landers: ‘Environmentalists’ eventually forced out of their closets

What would you do if something threatened your favorite mountain? While most people don’t do much more than complain and feel sorry for themselves when facing demise off something so …


Blankenship asks Trump to resist punishing coal execs

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship has asked President Donald Trump to resist attempts in Congress to enhance criminal penalties for coal executives who violate mine safety and health standards.


EPA head tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has told workers at the nation’s largest underground coal mining complex the “regulatory assault” on the coal industry is over.


Coal has a pulse, but prospects for jobs are weak

The battered U.S. coal industry is showing flickering signs of life. Yet the prognosis for Big Coal remains dim.


Congress scraps Obama rules on coal mining, guns

The Republican-controlled Congress on Thursday scrapped Obama-era rules on the environment and guns, counting on a new ally in the White House to help reverse years of what the GOP …


Obama sets rule to protect streams near coal mines

The Obama administration on Monday set final rules designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation’s streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans …


Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

DENVER — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not …


Montana coal deal could boost exports to Asia

BILLINGS — A pair of coal companies have struck a deal on a disputed Montana mine that both sides said could boost Asian exports through the West Coast, but won’t …


Appeals hobbled safety enforcement

WASHINGTON – The company that operated the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 miners this month was able to “game the system” by using a lengthy appeals …


Rescuers hold ‘sliver of hope’

MONTCOAL, W.Va. – Emergency teams stepped up a desperate rescue effort Wednesday despite fading hopes of finding any survivors two days after a devastating explosion killed at least 25 coal …


West Virginia mine violated safety rules

JULIAN, W.Va. – The coal mine rocked by an explosion that killed at least 25 workers in the nation’s deadliest mining disaster since 1984 had been cited for 600 violations …


Blast in coal mine kills 25

MONTCOAL, W.Va. – An explosion at a remote coal mine with a history of safety problems killed 25 workers, and at least four others were still missing early today more …