In the news today…
- Mining.com reports the election will decide the fate of the Pebble mine project as well as other mining projects.
- Prairie Public News reports the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center has been doing the study of what are called “rare earth” elements in lignite coal.
- E&E News PM reports a federal appeals court today halted construction activities at Colorado’s largest coal mine, West Elk, located in a “roadless area,” while it reviews a challenge from conservation groups to a law that allowed coal mining there.
- Billings Gazette reports, for the first time, Montana’s Public Service Commission has closed the books on a utility’s 20-year energy plan complete with closures of coal-fired power plants.
- E&E Energywire reports Southern Co. may be on track to cut its use of coal-fired power to less than 20% of its electricity portfolio, company executives said yesterday, marking a milestone at a utility known for burning lots of coal and using its lobbying muscle in Washington to protect the interests of coal producers.