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Two dead and four injured at Pittsburgh area coal plant

Two workers died and four others were injured in an accident at a Pittsburgh-area coal-fired power plant late Tuesday. The accident occurred at FirstEnergy’s Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Beaver County, west of Pittsburgh, said company spokesperson Stephanie Walton. “Workers were performing maintenance in an underground enclosure at the Bruce Mansfield plant overnight when the [...]

Remembering the Quecreek Mine Rescue 15 years later

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Quecreek Mine Rescue. From July 24 through the 28, 2002, nine miners were trapped underground in a Somerset County coal mine. All nine men survived the 77 hour ordeal. On WITF’s Smart Talk Monday, former Governor Mark Schweiker and former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary David Hess [...]

Longwall mining bill becomes law, angering environmentalists

Gov. Tom Wolf declined on Friday to veto a bill that makes it easier to develop a long-wall coal mine beneath a state park in Greene County, allowing it to become law despite pressure from environmentalists who say it will damage streams. Senate Bill 624 allows the Department of Environmental Protection to issue permits for [...]

Wolf weighs bill that would aid development of long-wall coal mines

Governor Tom Wolf is weighing a bill that would make it easier for an energy company to obtain permits for the controversial process of long-wall coal mining beneath a state park in southwest Pennsylvania but which opponents say could damage streams in the area. Senate Bill 624 landed on Wolf’s desk on Tuesday after being [...]

Trump touts new Pa. coal mine, but rebound in doubt

When President Trump announced the U.S. was pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, he said he was doing it to protect American workers. He gave a shout out to the coal industry, and a surprise mention to the Acosta Deep mine in Somerset County. “A big opening of a brand, new mine. It’s unheard [...]

Bill targets legal challenge to coal mining in state park

A new proposal by state senate Republican leaders takes aim at an ongoing legal challenge to coal mining in a western Pennsylvania state park. The case, brought three years ago by the Center for Coalfield Justice and Pennsylvania Sierra Club, challenges the legality of Consol Energy’s 3,000-acre Bailey Mine extension. The groups say it would damage [...]

Wolf urges Congress to fund health benefits for coal miners

Governor Tom Wolf is urging Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to ensure thousands of coal miners can keep their healthcare benefits. Wolf says without passage of the federal Miners Protection Act, benefits would expire at the end of the month, leaving miners and their families without coverage. The bill would use interest from the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation [...]

PJM says more natural gas power generation would not hurt reliability

The reliability of electric power supply in the U.S. northeast and mid-Atlantic states would not be hurt if generators burned more natural gas and renewables or if the recent decline in coal and nuclear generation continues, the operator of the nation’s biggest electric grid said on Thursday. PJM Interconnection, which operates the grid serving some [...]

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