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Don Blankenship: ‘American competitionist’
Coal / Energy

Don Blankenship: ‘American competitionist’

CHARLESTON, WV — “We’ve had a couple of posts over the last few weeks (see here and here) about the recent activities of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Well, it seems Blankenship has also launched his own website, DonBlankenship.com. The site makes for some interesting reading, proclaiming Blankenship an […]

Obama EPA continues inaction on key rule, despite growing evidence of coal ash problems
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Obama EPA continues inaction on key rule, despite growing evidence of coal ash problems

WASHINGTON D.C. — “Sunday’s Washington Post included the following update from environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin on the important issue of regulating the handling and disposal of toxic coal ash from our nation’s power plants: In Maryland’s Zekiah Swamp, one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most important tributaries, 8.4 million tons of […]

Telling the truth about coal plant closures
Coal / Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Telling the truth about coal plant closures

CHARLESTON, WV — “The folks at the Columbia Journalism Review had another interesting piece yesterday about how the politics of coal has been covered in the media, this one focusing on our neighboring state of Virginia (they previously looked at Ohio coverage). Looking at the latest CJR piece got me […]

A friend of the mountains remembered
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

A friend of the mountains remembered

KAYFORD, WV — “Larry Gibson’s parents never worried about finding him, when, as a boy, he wandered out into the forest. All they had to do was spot the hawk that followed him from the air. That’s how close Gibson was to the West Virginia mountains. He pined for those […]

Coal-fired plants mothballed by gas glut
Coal / Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Coal-fired plants mothballed by gas glut

NEW YORK, NY — “In its heyday, the giant W.H. Sammis power station was a workhorse, cranking out electricity around the clock. But FirstEnergy Corp. FE -0.82% now plans to idle the coal-fired power plant on the Ohio River and run it only when there is exceptional need for electricity. […]

Remembering Larry Gibson
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Remembering Larry Gibson

“We have received numerous requests from those who knew and loved Larry Gibson for a way to share their memories with his family.  He touched thousands upon thousands of lives and we’ve been overwhelmed by the notes people are leaving on his facebook profile, photos of people with him, and […]

Cleveland Public Power’s contract with Illinois coal plant could mean higher rates for customers
Coal / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Cleveland Public Power’s contract with Illinois coal plant could mean higher rates for customers

CLEVELAND — “Five years ago, Cleveland city officials embraced a plan to build a coal-fired power plant in southern Illinois in the hopes that owning a portion of the facility would help city-owned Cleveland Public Power control the cost of electricity for its customers in a mercurial market. So far, […]

OH: Energy hedge may hit coffers of 60 cities
Coal / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

OH: Energy hedge may hit coffers of 60 cities

COLUMBUS — “Sixty municipalities statewide are trapped into long-term energy contracts that could end up costing many of them more than $1 million per year, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Prairie State Energy Campus, a 1,600-megawatt clean-coal power plant and […]

Court strikes down EPA rule on coal pollution
Coal / Energy

Court strikes down EPA rule on coal pollution

WASHINGTON D.C. — “A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday overturned a key Obama administration rule to reduce harmful emissions from coal-burning power plants, sparking a rally in coal company shares and relief among utility firms. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 2-1 decision that […]

FirstEnergy to idle back its huge W.H. Sammis power plant on the Ohio River, operate only when needed
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy to idle back its huge W.H. Sammis power plant on the Ohio River, operate only when needed

AKRON — “In about a month FirstEnergy Corp. will idle one of its largest coal-burning power plants. The W.H. Sammis power plant only will run when needed, beginning about Sept. 16, said Todd Schneider, company spokesman. There will be no layoffs, he said, but only 100 to 130 of the […]