Luminant Closing Doors to Thermo, Winfield Mines

Following through on a plan first outlined in 2014, Luminant Mining announced it will soon be halting operations at the Winfield and Thermo mines in northeast Texas. Company spokesman Brad Watson told local media that Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notices were distributed to approximately 80 employees at the operations in Hopkins and Titus counties, which feed the Monticello power plant.

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US Supreme Court Puts Clean Power Plan on Hold

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has put a temporary halt on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), citing ongoing litigation against the carbon emissions reduction scheme by the coal industry and other parties. The stay stops all enforcement until the suits are resolved, including one by a coalition of 27 U.S. states and several pro-coal groups. The one-page order also comes after a federal appeals court refused to put a hold on the plan late last month at the request of that same group.

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36 People Killed Following Explosions at Russian Mine

On February 28 during efforts to save miners who were trapped following a underground rock burst at a Russian coal mine, a third explosion occurred, killing five rescue workers and one miner. Due to the degree of destruction and the level of methane gas concentration in the mine, the 26 trapped miners have also been presumed dead, according to officials with the Emergency Commission.

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CONSOL Energy Sells Buchanan Mine

On February 29, CONSOL Energy entered into an agreement to sell its Buchanan mine in southwestern Virginia and other metallurgical coal reserves to Coronado IV LLC for $420 million, including $398 million cash payable at the closing.

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