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As Production Declines, Coal Miner Fatalities at Historic Low

Five miners died in U.S. coal mines in 2020, an all-time low mark for an industry in a year that saw continuing declines in production as electric providers move away from burning coal. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, …

NYC Comptroller Urges Major Insurance Companies to Cut Ties with Coal Industry

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has called on three multi-national insurance companies to end business ties with the coal industry, a move he says will protect clients from the effects of climate change and ensure long-term value for …

West Virginia Judge Tosses Coal Company Lawsuit Against HBO’s John Oliver

A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy against HBO host John Oliver. A segment of Oliver’s Sunday show “Last Week Tonight” in June poked fun at Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who blames …

Kentucky Bill Reducing Black Lung Claim Assessments Headed to Governor

Kentucky lawmakers completed quick work Thursday evening on a proposal championed by the Senate’s top leader to reduce the beleaguered coal industry’s costs to cover claims by workers suffering from black lung disease. The plan, presented by Republican Senate President …

Landmark Climate Change Agreement ‘A Major Leap for Mankind’: Pres. Hollande

The world’s nations took the boldest steps yet to stem climate change, adopting an historic package of measures to limit fossil-fuel pollution and establish a mechanism to step up the reductions for decades. After two weeks of intense negotiations overseen …

West Virginia Governor Signs Controversial Coal Bill

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill lauded by the struggling coal industry and called dangerous by the miners’ union. Tomblin signed the bill last week changing coal mine safety and environmental standards. It passed the Republican …

Wyoming Governor Lambasts EPA Over Haze Plan

Gov. Matt Mead sharply criticized a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce regional haze, saying it did more to kill the coal industry than clear Wyoming’s air. The EPA plan seeks to reduce haze in national parks …

Coal Industry Blasts New Federal Mine Safety Rules

Coal industry officials this week roundly criticized two sets of new safety rules proposed by federal regulators following an explosion that killed 29 West Virginia miners last year. The West Virginia Coal Association and Alpha Natural Resources, the third-largest U.S. …