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Pa. would reduce carbon emissions by more than 30 percent under new EPA rule

Pennsylvania would be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 32 percent over the next 15 years under new federal regulations announced on Monday. It is the first time the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed regulations specifically aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions generated by the nation’s power plants. And it is one of [...]

Company in West Virginia spill moving chemicals to Pennsylvania

The company at the center of a major chemical spill that compromised drinking water supplies for 300,000 people in West Virginia will move thousands of gallons of the chemical to Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reports. Early last month, at least 7,500 gallons of a foaming agent used in coal production, known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (or [...]

Company invovled in West Virginia spill recently acquired by Pa. coal executive

In a story today on the water contamination crisis in West Virginia, the Washington Post reports the company at the center of the spill, Freedom Industries, was recently acquired by Pennsylvania coal executive, Cliff Forrest. At least 7,500 gallons of a foaming agent used in coal production, known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (or MCHM) poured into the [...]

Exports keeping coal industry alive despite surge in natural gas

The surge in U.S. oil and natural gas production and increasing efforts to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants has caused business leaders and analysts to question king coal’s rank in the energy economy. Last month, the Energy Information Administration forecasted that natural gas will surpass coal as the number one source of electricity generation [...]

Feds forecast natural gas will dethrone king coal as source of electric power

Natural gas is projected to surpass coal as the dominant source of U.S. electric power generation in the coming decades, according to a new federal report. By 2040, natural gas will account for 35 percent of total electric generation, while coal will supply 32 percent. The forecast comes from an early overview of the Energy [...]

East Coast states petition EPA to crack down on out-of-state air pollution

Pennsylvania is part of a group of 12 states in the Northeast known as the Ozone Transport Commission that has been held to some of the country’s strictest air pollution standards for the last decade. But governors from eight of those states say their efforts have been thwarted by air pollution blowing from neighboring states [...]

Methane from Appalachian coal could generate carbon credits in California

Methane emissions from coal mines in Pennsylvania and West Virginia could soon become a valuable commodity on California’s cap-and-trade carbon market. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports a company called Verdeo has struck such a deal with one of Pennsylvania’s biggest coal producers. Verdeo would pay Consol Energy to destroy the methane emitted from vents at a [...]

EPA moves ahead on climate plans despite Supreme Court challenge

EPA officials were in Philadelphia Friday to get public feedback for the next phase of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan: limiting carbon emissions from currently operating power plants. The EPA has already put rules on the table seeking to curb emissions from all new coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. That proposal is being challenged [...]

Consol Energy sells coal assets, looks to boost natural gas production

Consol Energy has been mining coal since the American Civil War, but today the Cecil-based company has announced it is selling the subsidiary that started it all. Murray Energy Corp. will pay $850 million in cash for the Consolidation Coal Company, including five mines in West Virginia. The Ohio-based mining company will also buy up [...]

The Ins and Outs of the EPA on WHYY’s Radio Times

WHYY Radio Times host Mary Moss-Coane spoke to energy reporters Erica Martinson from POLITICO Pro and John Cushman, Jr. from InsideClimate News Wednesday morning about the role of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama Administration. If you missed the broadcast, you can listen here. The conversation began with a look at the EPA’s latest proposal [...]

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