Agreed..just like those idiots that fight Obama and EPA on coal. Obama wants coal dead and look at all coal stocks...all at or near all time low!!!!!!!!
DENVER (AP) -- Beset by power plant closures, growing regulatory scrutiny and proposed changes in how they pay royalties, coal mines are facing a new obstacle — a review of how coal extracted and burned will impact the air and global warming.
Under a series of rulings by U.S. judges in Denver over the last year, federal agencies that approve mining projects have been told to take into account coal's indirect environmental impact along with traditional concerns about mine dust and equipment emissions.
The immediate effects of the rulings appear limited to a single mine in northwestern Colorado that could lose its permit if a new environmental review isn't completed within four months. But industry representatives fear the rulings, if allowed to stand, could set an example for other judges to follow and eventually threaten the mines that make up the backbone of an industry already facing uncertainty.
Two of the rulings involving Colorado mines, from U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson, say greenhouse gas emissions need to be considered in environmental reviews. A similar case threatens to block production at another mine, in the coal-rich Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. Another federal judge also recently ruled that a mine on the Navajo Nation must consider the effects of burning coal before expanding.
The agency at issue in the two most recent cases, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, is part of the Interior Department and regulates the environmental effects of mining across the country. Office spokesman Chris Holmes said the agency is still reviewing the rulings and hasn't decided what do to next. But fighting them would put the Obama administration in an awkward position because of its efforts to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent greenhouse gas.
The cases focused on coal from federal leases, which account for about 40 percent of U.S. production, but could open the door to similar legal challenges across the
You mean more loss outlook and continuing loss next Q and Q after after after that!!!! Coal is dead!!!!!!!!!!
Cheap NG and solar will replace it. No need for dirty coal in USA!!!!!!!!!! Coal is dead!!!!!!!!!!!
bagholders get to pay for the Officers bonus and salary!!!!! Coal is dead or should it be ACI is dead!!!!!!! LOL
Houston (Platts)--13May2015/450 pm EDT/2050 GMT
US railroads originated a year-low volume of coal carloads for the week ended May 9 and the lowest total in 119 weeks, data released Wednesday by the Association of American Railroads showed.
The AAR reported a total of 93,691 coal carloads for the week, the lowest reported volume since 87,371 carloads in the final week of 2012.
It was the fifth time in only 18 weeks this year that coal carload volumes fell below 100,000.
The last time coal carloads were below 100,000 for five weeks in the same year was 1993, when volumes fell below 100,000 for the fifth time in the 52nd and final week of the year, according to the AAR. The same thing happened in 1992, when volumes fell below 100,000 for the fifth time in the final week of the year.
Weekly coal carloads last fell below 100,000 more than five times in 1989, when it happened seven times, including in back-to-back intervals in the 51st and 52nd weeks of the year.
Volumes did not fall below 100,000 in any week of 2014 and were below 100,000 in only three weeks in 2013.
This year, coal carload volumes averaged 104,904 a week, compared with 111,844 last year, a decline of 6,940 carloads.
The latest coal carloads total was a decrease of 16.1% week on week and a drop of 10.7% from the year-ago week.
Year-to-date US coal carload originations totaled 1,888,264, down 5.7% compared with the same period last year.
Overall US rail traffic totaled 551,034 cars, a drop of 2.3%, or 14,753 carloads, from last week. Coal carloads made up a year-low 17% of all traffic.
Canadian railroads -- which include the US operations of Canadian National, which serves several mines in the Illinois Basin, and Canadian Pacific -- originated 7,997 coal carloads, a 7.9% increase from last week's year-low total of 6,979 and a 14.6% increase from the same week last year. Year to date, coal carloads are down 6.8%.
=== Coal is dead ==============
that's right....most will ended up like Patriot Coal!!!! The END of coal is coming faster than anyone expected!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Looks like it will be very soon now...ACI is under $1 for too long already and is still heading lower...0.70 is coming.....LOL
Coal is dead in USA!!!!!!!
Natural gas generation poised to nearly equal coal in April, May: US EIA
Houston (Platts)--12May2015/533 pm EDT/2133 GMT
Generating power with natural gas will come close to equaling generation from coal in April and May, the US Energy Information Administration predicts in its May Short-Term Energy Outlook report, released Tuesday.
Coal and gas generation are expected to make up 31.7% and 30.7%, respectively, of all generation in the US in April, EIA said. For May, EIA predicts coal to make up 33% of all generation and gas to account for 31.6%.
Recent low gas prices have significantly increased the use of the fossil fuel rather than coal for generation, the EIA said, with utility switching in April and May resulting in the closest convergence in generation shares between the two fuels since April 2012, when gas prices neared record lows.
Coal consumption in the electric power sector will fall 6% in 2015, making up 35.8% of all generation, the EIA said. The use of gas-fired generation is projected to average 30.6% of total generation in 2015 compared with 27.4% during 2014.
Milder weather in first-quarter 2015 compared with the same period of 2014 and lower gas prices are primary factors driving the decline of coal burn, the agency said. Facing tougher emission rules, the retirements of coal power plants also affect demand in the power sector and contribute to the decline.
The full effect of coal plant retirements will be felt in 2016, but projected rising electricity demand and higher natural gas prices will boost the use of the remaining coal-fired fleet, mitigating retirements by 2% as projected coal consumption in the electric power sector increases.
US COAL PRODUCTION ON PATH TO 28-YEAR LOW
EIA also estimates that US coal production will fall 7.1% this year to 926 million st from 997 million st in 2014, as both domestic demand and exports continue to decline. If the EIA's estimate holds, it would be the lowest annual total for US coal production since 1
we don't complain about cost here in CA here like many of you whiner coalbagholers from other states. We expected to live green so we are willing to pay our bill. All we care is to see coal is dead and replaced by cheap NG, solar, fuel cell, winds, hydro, etc.
Houston (Platts)--11May2015/249 pm EDT/1849 GMT
No metallurgical coal was exported in April via Canada's Ridley Terminals in British Columbia, and overall coal exports were down 72.2% compared with the year-ago month, according to figures released Monday by the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
The last time the terminal reported no met coal exports was December 2009.
Neither the terminal nor the port authority comment on the monthly figures, but coal exports have declined due to low seaborne pricing for met and thermal coal.
In April 2014, 549,653 mt of met coal was exported, and last month 296,460 mt left the terminal.
So far in 2015, met coal exports have totaled 822,921 mt, down 56.3% year to date from almost 1.9 million mt in 2014.
Overall coal exports for April totaled 241,301 mt, down 40.9% from 408,620 mt in March and 72.2% from 869,216 mt in the year-ago month.
Year to date, coal exports from the terminal total 1.4 million mt, down 51.8% from 2.9 million mt in 2014.
Thermal coal exports totaled 169,643 mt in April, up 85.6% from 90,977 mt last month but down 5.7% from 179,992 in April 2014. Year to date, thermal exports total 335,482 mt, a decrease of 53.8% from 725,746 mt in 2014.
Petroleum coke exports totaled 71,658 mt in April, up 238.3% from 21,183 mt in the prior month but down 48.7% from 139,571 in the year-ago month. Year to date, petcoke exports total 245,828 mt, down 19.2% compared with 304,260 mt in 2014.
The terminal exported 7.1 million mt of coal in 2014 and 12.1 million mt in 2013. It is served by Canadian National railroad, and is roughly 3,685 nautical miles from Tokyo, compared with 4,148 nautical miles from Newcastle, Australia, according to Ridley Terminals figures.
=== Coal is down and dead ====
yes...dead like a dog!!!!!
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