The Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia Coal Associations have filed amicus briefs asking the Fourth Circuit of Appeals to consider their views in support of Don Blankenship. While laying out their argument, the coal associations say explicitly that they do not wish to address the specifics of the former coal barons case; rather, they feel that criminal law has been misapplied here — that government could tag anyone with a crime if it searched long and hard enough.
Workplace safety has always been atop the labor movement’s agenda. It is now becoming a priority for candidates seeking federal office, including the presidency. The high-profile prosecution of Don Blankenship is responsible for the renewed concerns, although it remains unlikely for now that labor laws will change. At issue here … Read more »
Alpha Natural Resources, a coal company based in West Virginia, has told 1,100 of its workers to prepare for layoffs because of EPA regulations and weak market conditions, according to The Hill. The company specifically stated that 11 mines across the state were “subject to being idled.” In a statement, … Read more »
The EPA will not set methane emissions rules for coal mines, according to a document published in the Federal Register today. EarthJustice had petitioned the EPA to add coal mines to the Clean Air Act list of stationary sources and use the law to regulate their greenhouse gas emissions, similar … Read more »
Shell, Gazprom, BHP and other fossil fuel companies are involved in 14 massive coal, oil and gas projects that would produce as much new carbon dioxide emissions in 2020 as is currently emitted by the entire US, and would delay action on climate change for more than a decade, according … Read more »
Black lung, a disease that scars coal miners’ lungs, making it difficult to breathe, has seen a resurgence since the 1990s with diagnoses doubling over the past decade, according to a joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, NPR and The Charleston Gazette. Cases of miners with the worst, … Read more »