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China rejects North Korean coal shipments after missile test and U.S. pressure

China is turning back shipments of North Korean coal from its ports, a sign of Beijing’s growing concern over the nuclear weapons capability of its wayward neighbor.


Web page for BLM showcases coal mine

In a clear message about its policy priorities, the Trump administration has updated the home page for the federal agency that oversees public lands to showcase a large photo of …


Trump’s rollback of coal rules electrifies Wyoming workers

So when President Donald Trump lifted a federal coal leasing moratorium and ordered a review of greenhouse gas regulations, the announcement electrified many workers here who depend on fossil fuels …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

A look at how Trump’s moves on coal will affect the industry

Experts say coal’s biggest problem isn’t a shortage of the fuel to dig or even climate change regulations but cheap and abundant natural gas. Gas prices dropped as advances in …


Another congressional clash looms over coal miners’ health benefits

Lawmakers representing coal-producing states are using every political device they can – including threatening to trigger a partial government shutdown to holding up a White House nominee – to prevent …


Report: Climate outlook improves as fewer coal plants built

Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said …


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.


Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties

The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining …


China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifeline

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a …


Coal-export terminal backer appeals denial of Washington state sublease

Developers of a proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington have appealed after the state last month denied the project an aquatic lands sublease.


Washington governor: Trump ‘foolishness’ won’t affect plans

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday the state will move forward with efforts to promote clean energy and tackle climate change despite “foolishness” from President Donald Trump.


For cheapest power on Earth, look skyward as coal falls to solar

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.


Coal-export project called ‘flawed’ by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has criticized as inadequate a draft study the Army Corps of Engineers did on a proposed coal-export project in Washington state.


Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.


BNSF Railway agrees to study covers for rail cars transporting coal to reduce dust

BNSF Railway has reached a tentative settlement with Washington environmental groups over coal dust from uncovered train cars.


Portland considers ban on new fossil fuel terminals

The Portland City Council is considering banning new major fossil fuel storage facilities in the city.


Energy company drops plans for coal dock on Columbia River

An energy company has scrapped plans to build a coal dock on the Columbia River in eastern Oregon.


Knezovich vows legal challenge to proposed oil, coal train ban in Spokane

An independent legal review of a proposal to fine the shippers of coal and oil through downtown Spokane determined it violates federal law, but City Councilman Breean Beggs said he’ll …


Trial to consider coal pollution from BNSF coal trains

A trial set for next month will weigh whether coal dust that spills into waterways from passing BNSF coal trains violates environmental law.


Hundreds expected for hearing on coal-export terminal

Hundreds of supporters and opponents are expected at a federal hearing Monday about a proposed coal-export terminal along the Columbia River in southwest Washington.


Crow, Montana settle dispute over taxing coal owned by tribe

The Crow Indian tribe and the state of Montana have settled litigation going back 38 years over whether the state can tax coal that is owned by the tribe.


Proposed new law to fine oil, coal trains through downtown Spokane would target shippers, not railroads

Instead of levying a $261 fine per car on the firms transporting the cars, a new ordinance from City Councilman Breean Beggs would go directly at the oil and coal …


Army Corps of Engineers gives coal terminal favorable review

A proposal to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming out of a port in Washington has received a favorable review from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


As Illinois’ coal country teeters on brink, next president may tip balance

Illinois mining companies have shed more than 1,200 jobs over the last year as strict new environmental regulations and cheap natural gas have encouraged utilities to drop their reliance on …


Panel sends Colstrip closure bills to Montana Legislature

Montana lawmakers advanced a bill package Friday that aims to blunt the economic impact of a coal-fired power plant’s planned partial closure by levying millions of dollars in fees and …


Protesters who shut down trains in Bellingham arrested

BNSF Railway says five people who blocked the main rail line in Bellingham during a protest against oil and coal trains have been arrested.


Montana city seeks to limit water use to help coal plant

Residents of an eastern Montana city are being asked to limit their water use so one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. can continue to safely …


Montana lawmakers craft measures to deal with plant closure

If some Montana lawmakers have their way, shutting down two of the Colstrip power plant’s four coal-fired units won’t be cheap for the plant’s owners.


City Council removes controversial oil and coal train fines from ballot

Voters will not get to weigh in on the trains moving coal and oil through downtown Spokane, as the City Council reversed course and removed the question from the November …


Stuckart to ask City Council to reconsider ballot measure fining coal, oil trains

City Council President Ben Stuckart said it may have been “hasty” to ask voters if the city should fine coal and oil train operators and will ask the measure be …