In the news today and from the weekend…
- Casper Star Tribune reports NTEC laid off 80 miners in Wyoming.
- Lexington Herald Leader carries a response to a previous column in which the author advocates for respect for coal and coal miners who helped build Kentucky.
- Argus reports coal producers and US independent refiner Phillips 66 may take the city of Richmond, California, to trial over an ordinance that would effectively prohibit transloading of coal products for Asian buyers.
- Ohio Valley Resource reports stakeholders wonder what four more years of Trump would look like for coal considering the lack of positive momentum in the last four years.
- S&P Global reports Illinois Basin second quarter deliveries to coal-fired power plants totaled 12.5 million st, down 36.2% from the year-ago quarter, US Energy Information Administration 9-23 data showed Aug. 27.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports a federal appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a weak Pennsylvania air pollution standard was “arbitrary and capricious” and directed the federal and state environmental agencies to come up with new tougher, enforceable, regulations.
- Washington Examiner reports officials from the Army Corps of Engineers are privately saying a large proposed gold and copper mine in Alaska isn’t dead despite prominent Republicans, including Donald Trump Jr., urging the White House to block it.
- E&E Greenwire reports a lawsuit update filed Thursday by conservationists and an outdoor outfitter accuses two Minnesota congressmen of interfering in the lease renewals for a copper-nickel mining project near Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota.
- Mining.com reports OceanaGold said on Friday that the outlook at its Haile mine in South Carolina is now uncertain, after 18 staff members tested positive for covid-19 since June.
- Mining.com reports investment in battery manufacturing plants and electric vehicle factories continues to boom around the world, but for now the market for lithium shows no signs of emerging from its multi-year slump.
- PV Magazine reports that Catholic churches are increasingly relying on solar power to reduce emissions as part of church leaders’ commitment to climate change.