In the news today…
- DESMOG reports the stalled energy bill would promote clean coal measures such as carbon capture.
- E&E Greenwire reports a federal judge ruled that mining regulators must redo their environmental assessment of a planned Montana coal mine.
- Terre Haute Tribune-Star reports Sunrise Coal is permanently closing its idled Carlisle mine.
- Argus reports coal generation in the Southwest Power Pool fell by 37 percent in February as wind and natural gas generation soared.
- Argus reports Illinois basin coal producer Foresight Energy is seeking bankruptcy court approval to exit a handful of export-related transportation and storage deals.
- E&E Greenwire reports a report from Earthworks found extended water quality violations at Alaskan mines, bolstering opponents to the proposed Pebble mine.
- Mining.com reports the oil crash could be a boon for miners who benefit from lower energy prices.
- E&E Daily reports Republicans plan to boycott a hearing this morning about the Resolution Copper project and whether it would harm sites important to Native Americans.
- E&E Energywire reports the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Winona County’s ban on the mining and processing of silica sand, which is used in the oil and gas industry for hydraulic fracturing.
- The Hill reports attorneys general for 18 states are asking the Trump administration to withdraw a rule that would roll back NEPA.
- E&E Energywire reports attorneys general for 20 states, cities and territories warned that the Trump administrations proposed changes to NEPA would lead to a significant increase in legal battles.