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Posts tagged coal

Apr 8 '14
World’s Largest Coal Company Agrees to Stop Depleting Chinese Community’s Water Supply
See how Greenpeace made the company back down.
http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/08/worlds-largest-coal-company-water/

World’s Largest Coal Company Agrees to Stop Depleting Chinese Community’s Water Supply

See how Greenpeace made the company back down.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/08/worlds-largest-coal-company-water/
Mar 27 '14
The Netherlands Joins Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement, Ends Public Financing for Coal
“This is another sign that the coal industry is on its last legs.”
SEE MORE:
http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/27/netherlands-joins-divestment-movement-ends-financing-coal/

The Netherlands Joins Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement, Ends Public Financing for Coal

“This is another sign that the coal industry is on its last legs.”

SEE MORE:

http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/27/netherlands-joins-divestment-movement-ends-financing-coal/

Mar 21 '14
Residents Take Stand Against World’s Largest Coal Company in Southern Illinois
“This is the first time in my life that I can remember a community in Southern Illinois standing up to Peabody over their destructive policies.”
SEE MORE:
http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/21/residents-against-largest-coal-company/

Residents Take Stand Against World’s Largest Coal Company in Southern Illinois

“This is the first time in my life that I can remember a community in Southern Illinois standing up to Peabody over their destructive policies.”

SEE MORE:

http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/21/residents-against-largest-coal-company/

Jan 30 '14
EPA to Finalize First-Ever Coal Ash Regulations This Year
Late yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to finalize first-ever federal regulations for the disposal of coal ash by Dec.19, 2014, according to a settlement in a lawsuit brought by environmental and public health groups and a Native American tribe. 
The settlement does not dictate the content of the final regulation, but it confirms that the agency will finalize a rule by a date certain after years of delay.
The EPA has never finalized any federal regulations for the disposal of coal ash—the nation’s second largest industrial waste …
SEE MORE:
http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/30/epa-finalize-first-coal-ash-regulations/

EPA to Finalize First-Ever Coal Ash Regulations This Year

Late yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to finalize first-ever federal regulations for the disposal of coal ash by Dec.19, 2014, according to a settlement in a lawsuit brought by environmental and public health groups and a Native American tribe.

The settlement does not dictate the content of the final regulation, but it confirms that the agency will finalize a rule by a date certain after years of delay.

The EPA has never finalized any federal regulations for the disposal of coal ash—the nation’s second largest industrial waste …

SEE MORE:

http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/30/epa-finalize-first-coal-ash-regulations/

Jan 27 '14
2013 Renewable Energy Projects Triple Amount of New Coal, Oil and Nuclear Combined
“Renewable energy sources are leaving coal, oil, and nuclear power in the dust as new sources of electrical generating capacity while challenging natural gas’ current dominance,” said Ken Bossong, executive director of the SUN DAY Campaign.

READ MORE on EcoWatch: http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/27/2013-renewable-energy-triple-coal-oil-nuclear/

2013 Renewable Energy Projects Triple Amount of New Coal, Oil and Nuclear Combined

“Renewable energy sources are leaving coal, oil, and nuclear power in the dust as new sources of electrical generating capacity while challenging natural gas’ current dominance,” said Ken Bossong, executive director of the SUN DAY Campaign.
READ MORE on EcoWatch: http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/27/2013-renewable-energy-triple-coal-oil-nuclear/
Jan 10 '14
Coal Chemical Spill Contaminates Drinking Water Prompting State of Emergency in West Virginia

Residents of nine counties in West Virginia have been told not to use or drink their water after a chemical used by the coal industry spilled into the Elk River on Thursday. Gov. Tomblin (D-WV) declared a state of emergency as more than 100,000 customers, or 300,000 people, are without safe drinking water.
“Don’t make baby formula,” said West Virginia American Water Company president Jeff McIntyre. “Don’t brush your teeth. Don’t shower. Toilet flushing only.”
SEE MORE on EcoWatch.com:
http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/10/coal-chemical-contaminates-drinking-water-state-of-emergency-wv/

Coal Chemical Spill Contaminates Drinking Water Prompting State of Emergency in West Virginia

Residents of nine counties in West Virginia have been told not to use or drink their water after a chemical used by the coal industry spilled into the Elk River on Thursday. Gov. Tomblin (D-WV) declared a state of emergency as more than 100,000 customers, or 300,000 people, are without safe drinking water.

“Don’t make baby formula,” said West Virginia American Water Company president Jeff McIntyre. “Don’t brush your teeth. Don’t shower. Toilet flushing only.”

SEE MORE on EcoWatch.com:

http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/10/coal-chemical-contaminates-drinking-water-state-of-emergency-wv/

Dec 17 '13

Drop in Demand From China Threatens Australian Coal Mining Projects

Major Australian coal projects risk losing value due to falling demand from China, where leaders are increasingly concerned about growing public anger over severe air pollution, a new analysis fromOxford University has found.

Future coal mining projects are vulnerable to being “stranded” by a range of policy changes from the Chinese government, including environmental regulation, carbon pricing, investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency …

SEE MORE on EcoWatch:

http://ecowatch.com/2013/12/17/drop-in-demand-threatens-australian-coal-mining/

Dec 17 '13
Groups Expose UK for Subsidizing Biomass and ‘Clean Coal’ as Renewable Energy

Campaigners representing groups working on issues of opencast coal and biomass have jointly called on Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) yesterday to end to subsidies and industry support for Drax Power Station. 
The statement follows an announcement by DECC and Drax claiming that “Britain’s largest coal-fired power station is set to become one of Europe’s biggestrenewable electricity generators, with the potential for new future generation on the site to be based on truly clean coal.”
The DECC announcement has been described as “misleading greenwash” by groups working on issues of opencast coal mining and bioenergy.
“What DECC aren’t telling the public is that Drax’s half conversion to biomass, as well as being responsible for trashing ancient forests in the southern U.S., will extend the life of the other half of the power station which will continue to be fed on coal mined in Colombia, Russia and the UK.” 
SEE MORE on EcoWatch:
http://ecowatch.com/2013/12/17/uk-subsidizing-biomass-clean-coal-as-renewable-energy/

Groups Expose UK for Subsidizing Biomass and ‘Clean Coal’ as Renewable Energy

Campaigners representing groups working on issues of opencast coal and biomass have jointly called on Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) yesterday to end to subsidies and industry support for Drax Power Station.

The statement follows an announcement by DECC and Drax claiming that “Britain’s largest coal-fired power station is set to become one of Europe’s biggestrenewable electricity generators, with the potential for new future generation on the site to be based on truly clean coal.”

The DECC announcement has been described as “misleading greenwash” by groups working on issues of opencast coal mining and bioenergy.

“What DECC aren’t telling the public is that Drax’s half conversion to biomass, as well as being responsible for trashing ancient forests in the southern U.S., will extend the life of the other half of the power station which will continue to be fed on coal mined in Colombia, Russia and the UK.” 

SEE MORE on EcoWatch:

http://ecowatch.com/2013/12/17/uk-subsidizing-biomass-clean-coal-as-renewable-energy/

Dec 9 '13

10 Most Toxic Ingredients Used In Coal, Oil and Gas Production

There are many reasons to reject fossil fuels now, after 200 years of their reign as society’s primary energy source.

History will articulate both the benefits provided to human society derived from fossil fuel energy technologies from 1750 to the present—and the extensive costs.

The ten “ingredients” listed in this article are not intended as an exclusive list. The major fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas) each use hundreds, if not thousands, of chemicals—often not disclosed—many of which are highly dangerous to human health. Attempting a comprehensive list of all the harmful chemicals used willingly by the oil, coal and gas industries …

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http://ecowatch.com/2013/12/09/10-toxic-ingredients-used-in-coal-oil-gas-production/

Nov 22 '13
North American First: Ontario Bans Coal-Fired Power
On Thursday, Environmental Defence hosted Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and former U.S. Vice-President and Chairman of the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore, at an event to announce the elimination of coal-fired electricity in Ontario.
A decade ago, coal-fired electricity made up 25 percent of Ontario’s energy needs, at a cost of $4.4 billion to the province when the environmental and health impacts were considered …
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http://ecowatch.com/2013/11/22/ontario-bans-coal-fired-power/

North American First: Ontario Bans Coal-Fired Power

On Thursday, Environmental Defence hosted Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and former U.S. Vice-President and Chairman of the Climate Reality ProjectAl Gore, at an event to announce the elimination of coal-fired electricity in Ontario.

A decade ago, coal-fired electricity made up 25 percent of Ontario’s energy needs, at a cost of $4.4 billion to the province when the environmental and health impacts were considered …

SEE MORE:

http://ecowatch.com/2013/11/22/ontario-bans-coal-fired-power/