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Environment
8:01 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Do We Have Enough Water for Our Energy?

Cooling towers at the coal-fired Gavin Plant in Ohio.
Analogue Kid Wikimedia Commons

A new report out from Boston-based Synapse Energy Economics raises a question that doesn't seem to come up enough when talking about energy: what about water?

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Environment
5:59 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Kentucky Close to Settling With Coal Company Over Water Pollution Violations

A lawsuit filed by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet against a coal company for water pollution is close to being settled.

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Environment
12:54 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

More Details Emerge in Indian Coal Scandal, With Possible Problems for Kentucky Deal

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The Indian media has been all over the recent scandal over the country’s coal allotments—the system where the state’s resources are divvied up among companies. And the various articles are of obvious interest to Kentucky, where a private company recently inked a $7 billion deal to send up to 9 million tons of Appalachian coal to India every year for the next twenty-five years.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Coal Ash Problems Continue at Cane Run

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has had another equipment malfunction at its Cane Run plant, which released clouds of coal ash yesterday evening.

The sludge processing plant is the machine that takes the coal ash and mixes it with other materials to turn it into a concrete-like substance, so it can be put into the landfill. A video shot by Greg Walker, who lives across the street, shows clouds of ash rising above the plant—and over the dust screen the company installed in April.

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Environment
12:07 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Analysis Predicts Decline in Coal Production Could Actually Increase Coal Employment

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

An analysis out from the West Virginia Center and Policy--a nonpartisan think tank in Charleston--predicts that even while coal production in Central Appalachia declines, employment will rise.

This may sound counterintuitive. But the analysis by Sean O'Leary says that could happen, due to falling productivity. In that case, it would take the same number of miners to mine less coal.

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Environment
8:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Recent Mine Idling Shows Demand for Metallurgical Coal Faltering, Too

CONSOL Energy has decided to temporarily idle two coal mines, the Buchanan Mine in southwest Virginia and the Amonate Mining Complex in southern West Virginia.

This doesn't stand out as particularly surprising news--after all, demand for coal is dropping, and factors like low natural gas prices, an unseasonably warm winter and upcoming environmental regulations have made it a tough year for the industry.

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Environment
8:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Environmental, Religious Groups Convene in D.C.

Environmental activists are gathering in Washington D.C. today for an anti-mountaintop removal rally.

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Environment
11:49 am
Mon September 10, 2012

West Virginia Environmental Activist Larry Gibson Dies

Larry Gibson on Kayford Mountain.
Vivian Stockman Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

News started rolling in via blogs and Twitter last night that prominent anti-mountaintop removal activist Larry Gibson was dead at age 66.

Gibson returned to his family's home on Kayford Mountain in Kanawha County, West Virginia in 1986, and spent the next quarter-century fighting the mountaintop removal operations that were slowly surrounding his land.

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Environment
3:17 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Lull in Mining Means $88 Million Less in Revenue

A slowdown in Kentucky's mining industry is causing financial problems. Diminished severance tax revenue could force some planned construction projects in the coalfields to be postponed.

Revenue from the state's coal severance tax is plummeting, with mines shutting down and miners being laid off.

Deputy State Budget Director John Hicks told lawmakers today that coal tax revenue is projected at $245 million this year. That's $88 million less than was expected when lawmakers passed the budget less than five months ago.

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Environment
7:45 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Indian Newspaper Reports Huge Kentucky-India Coal Deal May Be in Jeopardy

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The Hindustan Times is reporting that a government investigation in India could put the huge Kentucky-India coal deal in question. This is the $7 billion trade deal that was announced last month to much fanfare.

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