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Rep. Bill Owens of New York becomes 171st sponsor of the bill to ban mountaintop removal coal mining
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Rep. Bill Owens of New York becomes 171st sponsor of the bill to ban mountaintop removal coal mining

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Bill Owens, a first term Democrat from New York’s 23rd District signed on as the 171st cosponsor of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310). The bill would effectively ban future mountaintop removal coal mining projects. Mr. Owens serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services, and Homeland […]

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration to raid black lung fund, use money for oversight of coal mines
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Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration to raid black lung fund, use money for oversight of coal mines

COLUMBUS — “Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration wants $2.28 million from a health-care fund for coal miners stricken with black lung disease to pay for regulatory programs to oversee new coal mines. The raid on the $191 million state black lung fund must happen by July because Ohio’s powerful coal companies got […]

Debt markets and alternative energy
Baard Energy / Coal

Debt markets and alternative energy

HUNTINGTON, WV — “A couple of years ago, a lot of alternative fuels projects were announced for sites along the Ohio River and elsewhere. At the time, I was a bit skeptical, as in my days as a newspaper reporter I had seen several such projects go nowhere. I particularly […]

What is the real reason Baard Energy scrapped its federal loan-guarantee application?
Baard Energy / Coal

What is the real reason Baard Energy scrapped its federal loan-guarantee application?

COLUMBUS — On December 22, 2008, Baard Energy submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Energy for a $2.5 billion loan guarantee for its proposed coal refinery. The application was accompanied by the required $200,000 non-refundable application fee. Then, only three months later, on March 26, 2009, Baard Energy […]

What is Baard Energy’s track record?
Baard Energy / Coal

What is Baard Energy’s track record?

COLUMBUS — Baard Energy wants investors to give them $6.8 billion so they can build a coal refinery in Wellsville, Ohio. Potential investors will want to know if Baard Energy can pull off a project of that size. What is Baard’s actual track record with these developments? Ohio Citizen Action […]

Coal to fuel plant debate
Baard Energy / Coal

Coal to fuel plant debate

COLUMBUS — “Environmental groups fighting plans to build a coal-to-liquid fuel plant near Wellsville along the Ohio River are raising new questions about Baard Energy, the Vancouver, Wash.,-based company that plans to build it. Cleveland based Ohio Citizen Action posted this entry on its blog today, which reads, ‘Would you […]

Would you invest $6.8 billion in a company whose corporate offices look like this?
Baard Energy / Coal

Would you invest $6.8 billion in a company whose corporate offices look like this?

COLUMBUS – Baard Energy is seeking investors for its proposed $6.8 billion coal refinery in Wellsville, Ohio. Any potential investor will want to know some things about the company, starting with where the company offices are. Baard Energy’s address appears on the company’s website, email signatures on its letterhead, in […]

Coal ash chickens: Does EPA need new disaster for hazardous ruling? Interview with Elisa Young, coal ash frontlines
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Coal ash chickens: Does EPA need new disaster for hazardous ruling? Interview with Elisa Young, coal ash frontlines

WASHINGTON, DC — “The EPA thinks coal ash is ‘special.’ Notwithstanding the fact that 25 million tons of the deadly stuff–20 percent of coal ash–is dumped into outrageously dangerous mine fills and will be overlooked in the new EPA ruling, and notwithstanding the fact that coal ash has proven links […]

How many jobs? Why can’t Baard Energy get its story straight?
Baard Energy / Coal

How many jobs? Why can’t Baard Energy get its story straight?

In the past three years, Baard Energy has been cited in various news sources about how many jobs its proposed coal refinery will bring to the area. Baard just can’t seem to get its story straight. Construction Jobs: Is it 4,000 or 2,000 ? Permanent Operations Jobs: Is it 250 […]

Money secured to build new Marsh Fork Elementary
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Money secured to build new Marsh Fork Elementary

CHARLESTON, WV — “West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin announced at a press conference today that all of the funding for a new Marsh Fork Elementary School has been secured. Massey Energy and the Raleigh County school board have agreed to come up with the $1.5 million that was still needed […]