Category Archives: Coal

Farmers & Ranchers Call for Coal Mine Cleanup

The ECOreport reposts an appeal on the 40th Anniversary of America’s Federal Strip Mine Law, Farmers & ranchers call for coal mine cleanup

Joint Press Release from the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Northern Plains Resource Council & Western Organization of Resource Councils

BILLINGS, Mont. – As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the federal strip mine law, coal field residents are urging the federal government to make good on promises to reclaim mined land.

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EU Approves Tougher Power Plant Pollution Rules

The ECOreport reposts news of increased regulation, EU Approves Tougher Power Plant Pollution Rules

Originally Posted on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Zachary Davies Boren

The EU will adopt tougher power plant emissions rules following a razor-thin vote in which the UK unexpectedly came out in favour of the new standards.

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Washington State Finds Longview Coal Terminal Would Cause Significant Harm

The ECOreport reposts news about the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Washington State finds Longview coal terminal would cause significant harm

Originally Posted on Columbia Riverkeeper

April 28, 2017 (LONGVIEW, WA) – Today, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, Washington, the last remaining coal export terminal proposed in the Pacific Northwest. State agencies and Cowlitz County will use the FEIS to decide whether to issue or deny permits to Millennium. “The multiple findings of significant, adverse impacts that cannot be mitigated mean that Ecology and Cowlitz County should deny Millennium’s permit applications. Any other outcome would be scientifically and legally unsupported,” states Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney with Earthjustice.

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Christy Clark’s Sudden About Turn On US Coal Imports

The ECOreport reposts news of British Columbian Premier Christy Clark’s sudden about turn on US Coal imports 

Editor’s note: For anyone aware of the Lower Mainland’s long struggle against British Columbia’s proposed coal port expansion, this reversal look like an incredibly Machiavellian election ploy.

Originally Published on Dogwood

BURNABY — After years of pressure from health professionals, climate experts, municipal governments and citizen groups including Dogwood BC, Premier Christy Clark has suddenly moved to ban American thermal coal exports through Lower Mainland ports.
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Is This The End Of Coal In Europe?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about the European pledges to stop investing in coal after 2020, Is This The End Of Coal In Europe?

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Zachary Davies Boren

Last week EU energy industry group Eurelectric released what seems on the surface to be a seismic announcement. With just a few exceptions, Europe’s utilities pledged that they would stop investing in new coal plants after 2020. The Guardian declared it ‘the end of coal’ in Europe, and the story even found its way into the US press. But it’s more complicated than that.

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Trump’s Rollback of America’s Energy Infrastructure Takes A Giant Leap Today

The ECOreport published an OP-Ed, Trump’s Rollback of America’s Energy Infrastructure Takes A Giant Leap Today

By Roy L Hales

America’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees the development of approximately 570 million acres where there are coal deposits. Less than 1% of that is currently under development.1 That is about to change. President Donald Trump’s rollback of America’s energy infrastructure takes a giant leap today.

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  1. FEDERAL COAL PROGRAM, Programatic Environmental Impact Statement – Scoping Report, Bureau of Land Management, January 2017, p Es-1

Phasing Out Coal Improved Ontario’s Air Quality

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Phasing Out Coal Improved Ontario’s Air Quality

Originally Published in Policy Opinions

By Erin Flanagan, Philip Gass

Fifty-three to zero: this is the number of smog days in Ontario in 2005 compared with the number in 2014. Ontario had the better part of two full months of smog days in 2005, and none in 2014. It is undeniable that Ontario has seen pollution reduction and an improvement in air quality since phasing out coal-fired power plants — and that families have felt these health and environmental benefits across Ontario. As Ottawa and the provinces flesh out the details of a nationwide phase-out of coal pollution, we should bear this in mind.

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China Coal Plant Approvals Drop 85%

The ECOreport reposts further news of the collapsing market,  China Coal Plant Approvals Drop 85%

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

by Lauri Myllyvirta

The number of new coal power projects approved by the Chinese government fell by an astonishing 85% last year, a new analysis shows.

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Chinese Coal Consumption Falling, Solar Usage Rising

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed about the decline of fossil fuels: Chinese coal consumption still falling, while solar rises

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Zachary Davies Boren

Carbon emissions from China’s energy sector stalled last year for the third year running — as coal use fell again and solar deployment nearly doubled.

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Growth In Global Coal Demand Will Stall Over The Next Five Years

The ECOreport reposts a forecast for the energy market, Growth in global coal demand will stall over the next five years

Press release from the International Energy Agency

BEIJING -Growth in global coal demand will stall over the next five years as the appetite for the fuel wanes and other energy sources gain ground, according to the latest coal forecast from the International Energy Agency.

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