Alpha cancels WARN notices at WV mines

Some good news for Alpha’s West Virginia mines.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) operating affiliates announce that the WARN notices for eight coal mines in West Virginia have expired and the mines and their approximately 750 workers will continue to operate. The longer-term plans for these mines will continue to depend upon market prices and demand.

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08. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Coal states brace for plant closures & lost jobs

As the EPA’s anti-coal regulations get nearer to implementation, states that rely on coal for electricity and jobs are bracing for the massive economic and social impacts.

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08. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Sen. RP Casey: EPA policy shouldn’t burden ratepayers

Good comments from Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) on pending EPA regulations.

“We should try to achieve an EPA policy as it relates to Pennsylvania as well as other states that doesn’t put that kind of burden on ratepayers.”

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03. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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MSNBC feature on Falkirk Mine and Caterpillar: giving back to their communities

Very glad to see MSNBC recognizing the excellent reclamation work being done at our nation’s mines. It is heartening to see the media recognizing the people who work in the mines and for equipment and service providers.

Kudos to MSNBC for some honest and fair reporting on these people, their ties to their communities, and on how they care for their local environment.

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02. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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NRDC’s comment numbers are a bit high too

Time to learns some ABC's and 123'sIt seems that I wasn’t the only one who noticed that certain green groups might be needing some remedial work on their basic mathematical skills.

In keeping with the theme of my previous post, How many comments did Sierra Club submit?, the BigGreenRadicals.com blog noticed that the folks at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are also claiming to have submitted 8 million comments to the EPA.

Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) executive director Frances Beinecke chimed in to claim on her blog that Americans have filed 8 million comments in favor of the EPA’s efforts to limit carbon emissions.

02. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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How many comments did Sierra Club submit?

This Washington Examiner headline and opening paragraph caught my attention today.

EPA power-plant proposal draws 1.6 million comments

More than 1.6 million comments both supporting and opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants were filed before Monday’s deadline.

I was interested because ours was one of those 1.6 million comments that was submitted. However, I was also interested because I had seen the Sierra Club’s Twitter feed earlier today, and they claimed to have submitted over 8 million comments by themselves.

Sierra Club claims 8 million comments to EPA

02. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Did Sierra Club fabricate anti-coal support?

(Ed note: this article is reprinted with permission – originally published at BigGreenRadicals.com. The story reminds me of past encounters that we have had with the Sierra Club’s extravagantly fundedquestionable and perhaps a little less than honest tactics.)

 

Beyond Coal - Beyond Ethics

 

 

The Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign seeks to shutter energy production across the nation. Maybe it should be renamed “Beyond Ethics.”

In North Carolina, the Sierra Club is pressuring Duke Energy to shutter a coal plant near Asheville, touting a letter supposedly signed by 80 local businesses. However, some of the businesses say they never gave permission for their names to be used for the campaign. And one store that allegedly signed the October letter has been closed since the spring.

01. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Arch Coal comments on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Arch Coal’s December 1st news release is a poignant reminder about the potential for economic, social, and environmental damage locked into the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan. It is well worth it to reprint the majority of this news release here on the Coalblog.

“Already promulgated regulations are expected to drive the shut-down of as much as 20 percent of America’s coal-based fleet, which is the primary source of base-load power generation in the United States,” said Deck S. Slone, Arch’s senior vice president of strategy and public policy. “That’s an unprecedented change to America’s power system in what constitutes the blink of an eye in energy markets – creating enormous potential for market disruptions, supply shortages and rate spikes.”

01. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA Clean Power Plan called “Irrational, Illegal”

The West Virginia Coal Association described its comments on the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan today. Among the comments, was the following warning about how the CPP will necessarily impact the affordability and reliability of our nation’s electricity generation system.

“President Obama is mandating a move away from low cost, coal-fired electricity to more expensive alternatives for an initiative that will have little to no impact on global climate change,” Raney said.  “When you take into account that more than 400 electric generating units across the country are slated for closure or transition to alternative fuels in the coming years, these rules also severely threaten the stability of America’s power grid.”

01. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Gulf Coast embraces coal shippers

The Gulf Coast is embracing the coal shippers that litigious green groups in the Pacific NW have pushed away. Not surprisingly, Gulf Coast residents are benefiting greatly from the new investment and jobs that these companies bring.

While environmental opposition has stymied plans to build terminals in California and the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River town of Darrow, Louisiana, has a new $300 million export facility. It’s part of a regional expansion that will increase capacity by 66 percent to 119 million metric tons by 2017, or more than half the national total, according to New York-based Doyle Trading Consultants LLC.

28. November 2014 by Jason Hayes
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