coal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-coal-versus-courts <p>This week’s Supreme Court ruling on the EPA and its ability to regulate carbon is a mixed bag for Wyoming officials and energy producers. It sets the stakes even higher for Republicans in the state who are determined to derail a pending EPA rule on climate change. &nbsp;</p><p>Like most all things here in Washington these days, the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the EPA is being read along party lines. But Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says it’s not just partisanship. He says your opinion also hinges on where you’re reading.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:05:21 +0000 Matt Laslo 60530 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts Wyoming Regulators Evaluating EPA Carbon Rule http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-regulators-evaluating-epa-carbon-rule <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In the week since the Obama administration unveiled new rules to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants, Wyoming regulators have been digging in, trying to figure out exactly what they’ll mean for the Cowboy State. So far, they have more questions than answers.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:03:29 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59648 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Regulators Evaluating EPA Carbon Rule EPA Carbon Regs Leave Wyoming Out In The Cold...Or Do They? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-carbon-regs-leave-wyoming-out-coldor-do-they <p>It didn't take long after the Obama administration unveiled new rules this week regulating carbon emissions from power plants for people to start naming winners and losers. Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal-producing state, and a huge coal consumer, was immediately billed as a loser.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:28:12 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59476 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA Carbon Regs Leave Wyoming Out In The Cold...Or Do They? Mead Visits Washington To Promote Coal Exports http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-visits-washington-promote-coal-exports <p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 1.5em;">A controversial coal export terminal proposed for this Columbia River town has a big supporter from Wyoming.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:13:54 +0000 Cassandra Profita 59314 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Visits Washington To Promote Coal Exports How Will New EPA Rules Affect You? It's Complicated http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-will-new-epa-rules-affect-you-its-complicated <p>The Obama administration said Monday that it intends to aggressively reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, or greenhouse gas pollution, produced in the United States. To boost these ambitions, the White House will partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce varying rules state-by-state to be carried out by power plants that produce the gases.</p><p>If successfully implemented, the regulations will deliver a 30 percent decrease in carbon emissions by 2030.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:28:42 +0000 Dan Boyce 59269 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How Will New EPA Rules Affect You? It's Complicated New Rule Aims To Cut Carbon Emissions By 30 Percent http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-rule-aims-cut-carbon-emissions-30-percent <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In an effort to curb climate change, the Obama administration has proposed a rule to cut carbon emissions from electricity generation by 30 percent. The rule is the first to target power plants, the nation’s largest carbon emitters.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:20:53 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59248 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Rule Aims To Cut Carbon Emissions By 30 Percent New Greenhouse Gas Regulations Target Power Plants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-greenhouse-gas-regulations-target-power-plants <p>The predicted effects of&nbsp;continuing to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at current rates&nbsp;range from dramatic sea level rise to extreme weather to famine and drought. Power plants are among the largest carbon dioxide emitters, and on June 2, the Obama administration is scheduled to release new rules regulating those emissions. Utilities and trade groups are already warning those rules will have some dire consequences of their own.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:52:21 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59130 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Greenhouse Gas Regulations Target Power Plants Texas Coal Plant May Be Environmental Game Changer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/texas-coal-plant-may-be-environmental-game-changer <p>New EPA rules aimed at <a href="http://www.vnews.com/news/nation/world/12066522-95/epa-readies-carbon-cuts-for-utilities" target="target_blank">cutting carbon</a> emissions are expected to be unveiled June 2nd. Coal generates nearly <a href="http://www.vnews.com/news/nation/world/12066522-95/epa-readies-carbon-cuts-for-utilities" target="target_blank">half of this country’s electricity </a>and is the largest source of air pollution. The new rules are expected to spur the use of clean coal technology. At least that’s the hope of both the coal industry and some environmental groups. Fri, 30 May 2014 22:45:19 +0000 Lorne Matalon 59129 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Texas Coal Plant May Be Environmental Game Changer Industry Is Concerned About New EPA Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/industry-concerned-about-new-epa-standards <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">New regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants are due out at the beginning of next month and industry is warning that they could have a devastating impact on the economy.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-heig Tue, 20 May 2014 17:18:24 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58572 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Industry Is Concerned About New EPA Standards Inside Energy Production And Politics http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/inside-energy-production-and-politics <p>A continuing energy boom in the Rocky Mountains and Northern Great Plains is reshaping the future of what’s powering America, and we’re launching a new reporting project to keep track of that.</p><p>Through Inside Energy<em>, </em>we’re teaming up with public radio and television stations in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota to explore the complex energy issues affecting our lives.</p><p>The three states are feeling this new energy economy differently, and it’s changing political realities in different ways.</p><p></p><p><strong>WYOMING</strong></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:42:09 +0000 Dan Boyce 58420 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Inside Energy Production And Politics New Coal Export Terminal Proposed In Mexico http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-coal-export-terminal-proposed-mexico <p>The latest proposal for getting coal from the Powder River Basin to world markets involves a port on the west coast of Mexico. According to <a href="http://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/Article.aspx?cdid=A-28041715-15144">a report from SNL Financial</a>, a Mexican company is in the process of securing permits for a $700 million export terminal. MEXPORT’s CEO Daniel Suarez told SNL there’s been interest from Powder River Basin coal producers, and if the company is able to raise sufficient capital, it could start exporting by 2017. The company's consultant didn't return calls for comment. Thu, 15 May 2014 00:16:30 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58297 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Coal Export Terminal Proposed In Mexico Gov Mead: EPA Focus Should Be On Clean Coal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-epa-focus-should-be-clean-coal <p>Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says the plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to require carbon pollution limits on new power plants is too limited and hurts the state’s economy.&nbsp; During a news conference, Mead was critical of the E-P-A for not following Wyoming’s lead and look at ways to develop clean coal technology.</p><p>“I think everybody should have an interest in how we do it in the most environmentally friendly way possible, but when you set a standard that nobody has done yet…to me it looks like you are just shutting off coal completely.”</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:22:16 +0000 Bob Beck 58207 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov Mead: EPA Focus Should Be On Clean Coal Regulators Fault Arch Coal For Miner's Death http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/regulators-fault-arch-coal-miners-death <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Mine Safety and Health Administration says that Arch Coal <a href="http://www.msha.gov/FATALS/2013/FTL13c13.asp#.U1ljAvldU8M">could have prevented</a> the August 2013 death of a miner at its Black Thunder facility near Wright.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:57:35 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57547 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Regulators Fault Arch Coal For Miner's Death Underground Coal Gasification: A Potential Energy Frontier? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/underground-coal-gasification-potential-energy-frontier <p>Millions of railcars leave the Powder River Basin every year, carrying hundreds of millions of tons of coal. Those are big numbers, but the coal we mine is just a small fraction of what’s underground. Most of the basin’s coal reserves are buried too deep for conventional mining.<br /><br />An Australian company called Linc Energy wants to use a technology known as underground coal gasification to tap those deep coal reserves and turn them into fuel. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, that might come at the peril of another valuable resource: water.<br /> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:14:16 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57403 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Underground Coal Gasification: A Potential Energy Frontier? Arch Coal Writes Off Investment in DKRW Coal-To-Gas Project http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/arch-coal-writes-investment-dkrw-coal-gas-project <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In the latest sign of a shaky future for the nation’s first coal-to-gas conversion plant, one of the project’s major investors has written it off as a loss. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:46:07 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57349 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Arch Coal Writes Off Investment in DKRW Coal-To-Gas Project Rail Congestion Curbs Coal Shipments http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rail-congestion-curbs-coal-shipments <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Arch Coal executives expressed frustration with the nation’s two biggest railroads during a conference call with investors Tuesday. Coal shipments out of the Powder River Basin have been delayed in recent months because of congestion on the BNSF and Union Pacific main lines. Arch Coal CEO John Eaves said it’s hurting the company’s earnings.</span></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:59:04 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57223 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rail Congestion Curbs Coal Shipments Mead Meets With Taiwan Representatives http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-meets-taiwan-representatives <p>Governor Matt Mead met with Taiwanese officials Thursday in an effort to enhance Wyoming’s foreign trade.&nbsp; The meeting was in Cheyenne.</p><p>He says Taiwan is very interested in Wyoming Coal and Mead is hoping that they can reach other trade agreements as well.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>"We want the opportunity to reach out to great trading partners and friends who can help us as we help them with these trade relationships.&nbsp; And so it’s a great way for us to continue to build our economy."</p><p>The governor traveled to Taiwan last year.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:22:42 +0000 Bob Beck 56997 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Meets With Taiwan Representatives UW Students And Gov. Mead Learn About Coal Technologies in Australia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-students-and-gov-mead-learn-about-coal-technologies-australia <p>Governor Matt Mead recently attended an Advanced Coal Technology Conference in Australia.&nbsp; Eight students from the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources joined him.</p><p>Graduate student Mary Kate McCarney is a geochemist who attended the coal conference.&nbsp; She said she appreciated the fact that students were included in the conversation at the conference.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:02:19 +0000 Melodie Edwards 56103 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Students And Gov. Mead Learn About Coal Technologies in Australia Wyoming Public Media's 2014 Forum On Coal On Open Spaces http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-public-medias-2014-forum-coal-open-spaces <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137269895&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The WPM Forum On Coal was a moderated discussion about the challenges coal is currently facing politically, economically and environmentally, how that could impact Wyoming in the future, and ways the state is innovating to keep coal relevant.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:07:22 +0000 Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 54706 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Public Media's 2014 Forum On Coal On Open Spaces Increased Coal, Oil Shipments Tax Rail Network http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/increased-coal-oil-shipments-tax-rail-network <p>Increasing volumes of coal and oil being shipped to the Pacific Northwest are putting pressure on rail capacity in the region, according <a href="http://heavytrafficahead.org/pdf/Heavy-Traffic-Still-Ahead-web.pdf" target="_blank">a new report</a> from the Western Organization of Resource Councils.<br /> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:54:28 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54386 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Increased Coal, Oil Shipments Tax Rail Network Coal Mining Jobs Continue To Drop http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/coal-mining-jobs-continue-drop <p>Employment in Wyoming's coal mining sector has fallen 6 percent in the past year. The latest data from June 2013 shows there were 425 less jobs than in June 2012.</p><p></p><p>Coal production has slumped nationwide, and&nbsp;taken jobs along with it, but Wyoming is faring better than other coal producing regions. Nationwide the sector has lost significantly more jobs as mines closed or reduced their capacity.</p><p>Wyoming Department of Workforce Services senior economist David Bullard, says so far, there haven't been many layoffs in the state.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:01:45 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54269 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Coal Mining Jobs Continue To Drop Energy Items Considered In State Budget Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/energy-items-considered-state-budget-bill <p>Wyoming lawmakers are voting on the state budget this week and are considering proposals to strengthen the energy industry in the state.</p><p></p><p><br />15 million dollars is proposed for a facility to study the capture, sequestration, and management of carbon emissions from a coal fired power plant.&nbsp; Senator Jim Anderson of Glenrock says it’s important to the future of Wyoming Coal.</p><p>“Perhaps bring Wyoming into a new era and it would certainly in regard to our reliance on coal and other things that are carbon based be a blessing if in fact we could do this.”</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:21:53 +0000 Bob Beck 54220 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Energy Items Considered In State Budget Bill Mining Association Director Says Coal's Future Is Bright http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mining-association-director-says-coals-future-bright <p>Wyoming Mining Association Executive Director Marion Loomis says coal’s future is bright -- but that there’s a need for continued innovation -- both in extraction technology and emissions control.</p><p>“We’ve made such tremendous strides in reducing emission levels. We’ve increased coal production about 170 percent in this country in the last 20 years and reduced pollutants by over 85 percent,” says Loomis.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:13:00 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54177 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mining Association Director Says Coal's Future Is Bright Marion Loomis Reflects On 40 Years As Mining Lobbyist http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/marion-loomis-reflects-40-years-mining-lobbyist <p>Marion Loomis has been with the Wyoming Mining Association, one of the state’s most influential interest groups, for almost 40 years. Earlier this week, he announced that he would be retiring that post in April. Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce caught up with Loomis at the Capitol to discuss his career and what the future holds for the state’s mining industry.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:49:47 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54047 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Marion Loomis Reflects On 40 Years As Mining Lobbyist Coal Export Review To Include Powder River Basin http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/coal-export-review-include-powder-river-basin <p>Port facilities that would export Powder River Basin coal through the Pacific Northwest are continuing to move towards construction.</p><p>In separate decisions this week, Washington and Oregon both announced progress on permitting for coal export terminals in their respective states.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:53:15 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54031 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Coal Export Review To Include Powder River Basin Inspector General Focuses On Coal Leasing Problems http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/inspector-general-focuses-coal-leasing-problems <p>Coal sales in western states are under increased scrutiny from lawmakers after revelations of problems including reserves of the fuel sold at prices below market value.</p><p></p><p>A letter from the U.S. Department of Interior Inspector General released Friday shows federal officials in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico accepted below-market bids for coal or sold the fuel without full appraisals.</p><p>Inspectors said that violated federal rules including the 1920 Mineral Leasing Act, which requires coal sales to be competitive.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 01:03:44 +0000 The Associated Press 53738 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Inspector General Focuses On Coal Leasing Problems Law Professor Discusses Report Claiming Federal Coal Lease System ‘Out Of Date’ http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/law-professor-discusses-report-claiming-federal-coal-lease-system-out-date <p>The Government Accountability Office released a <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-140">report</a> earlier this week that outlined problems in the federal coal leasing system. The report called the Bureau of Land Management’s process ‘out of date.’</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:22:45 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53726 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Law Professor Discusses Report Claiming Federal Coal Lease System ‘Out Of Date’ Report Says BLM's Coal Leasing Program 'Out Of Date' http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-blms-coal-leasing-program-out-date <p>A <a href="http://gao.gov/products/GAO-14-140">new report</a> by the Government Accountability Office says the Bureau of Land Management’s coal lease valuation program is ‘out of date.’ The report says&nbsp;BLM offices around the country are not consistent in the way they calculate fair market value, don't always document the rationale behind accepting low bids and do not use independent reviewers to ensure calculations are correct.</p><p>It also says the BLM does not properly consider the export potential of coal when calculating fair market value of coal leases.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:32:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53531 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report Says BLM's Coal Leasing Program 'Out Of Date' Mead Says Wyoming's Energy Future Must Balance Economy And Environment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-says-wyomings-energy-future-must-balance-economy-and-environment <p>Governor Matt Mead and other elected officials made the case during a Jackson forum Wednesday that Wyoming's future depends on energy. They said that tapping state's energy resources, from coal to natural gas, is what pays the bills when it comes to building schools and other vital infrastructure.<br /><br />But the governor said that doesn't mean producing energy should come at the cost of the environment. And that impressed Paul Hansen, who moderated<br />the forum.<br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:47:11 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 53297 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Says Wyoming's Energy Future Must Balance Economy And Environment CO2 emissions from energy sector up slightly from 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/co2-emissions-energy-sector-slightly-2012 <p>Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector increased about 2 percent in 2013 from a low point in 2012. The Energy Information Administration did the analysis. The agency attributes the increase to a small comeback by coal from a dramatic market share low in 2012.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:31:51 +0000 Irina Zhorov 52631 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org CO2 emissions from energy sector up slightly from 2012