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  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- Nearly six million people with disabilities may benefit from new tax-free savings plans approved by Congress last year, but the accounts may not be as helpful or available as quickly as originally promised. After a decade of lobbying by disability advocates, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in the final hour before...

  • May 12- Patriot Coal Corp filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, just 18 months after emerging from its previous Chapter 11, and said it was in negotiations with a potential buyer. The company listed assets and liabilities of more than $1 billion in its bankruptcy petition, which it filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The United States and Canada have a 400- page plan to control oil train dangers that walks a thin line: promote safety without stifling a business that has spurred domestic oil production. As with many such contentious issues, calls by regulators to retrofit oil tank cars, reduce speeds and require new braking systems in the continent's...

  • Alpha, which idled some of its mines in West Virginia earlier this year, said its revenue fell 24 percent to $842 million in the three months to March 31 as sales volumes dropped more than 11 percent. Peabody Energy Corp and Arch Coal Inc reported bigger-than-expected losses last week. Alpha cut its 2015 capital spending plan to $200 million- $250 million from $225...

  • April 29- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, which is struggling to cope with oversupply in the iron ore market, blamed industry leaders BHP Billiton Ltd, Rio Tinto Plc and Vale SA for weak prices of the commodity. But Wolfe Research analyst Gordon Johnson said "the idea that someone is going to buy coal assets from Cliffs is highly unlikely," noting that the company has...

  • April 28- Boston Scientific Corp on Tuesday said it reached its first settlement agreement to resolve a portion of the legal claims it faces involving its transvaginal mesh product to treat urinary incontinence. The new agreement includes a case in the district court of Dallas County, Texas, for which there is a judgment of about $35 million that is subject to...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Alpha Natural Resources Inc, a struggling U.S. coal company, may be forced to buy costly new insurance or otherwise ensure it can cover obligations for cleaning up any abandoned mines, according to officials in West Virginia. Alpha has been allowed to leave about $262 million in cleanup liabilities uninsured in West Virginia under a federal...

  • Big Coal throws heat on Obama climate change rule Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:47 AM ET

    Obama's most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change will have its first day in court on Thursday, reports the New York Times.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Alpha Natural Resources, a struggling U.S. coal company, may be forced into buying costly new insurance or shedding liabilities to ensure it can cover obligations to clean up any abandoned mines, officials in West Virginia said. Alpha Natural Resources has been allowed to leave about $262 million in cleanup liabilities uninsured in West...

  • ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC MUST ANSWER FOR SHORTFALL OF CLEANUP FUNDS- WEST VIRGINIA OFFICIAL.

  • Energy company eyes Washington state port for new project Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 9:40 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Riverside Refining LLC is developing an energy infrastructure project for the Pacific Northwest and is considering Washington State's Port of Longview as a potential location for it, the company's CEO said on Wednesday. Separately on Wednesday, environmental group Columbia Riverkeepers released documents it had obtained through...

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- More than a dozen states and a coal company will urge a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to throw out the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants. "This represents a radical transformation of energy policy and will have a significant effect on West Virginia and other coal-producing...

  • What closing coal plants means for energy jobs Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 3:58 PM ET
    American Electric Power's coal-fired John E. Amos Power Plant in Winfield, West Virginia.

    Coal-firing electricity plants are closing all over the US, and jobs are going with them. Can other energy sources make up for the losses?

  • NEW YORK, April 13- Oil production from the fastest-growing U.S. shale plays is set to fall some 45,000 barrels per day to 4.98 million bpd in May from April, the first monthly decline in over four years, projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Monday. Oil production from the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico were forecast to...

  • SEATTLE, April 7- A Native American community in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against BNSF Railway to prevent trains carrying crude oil from using tracks on reservation land, saying the transport violates a long-standing agreement. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community says BNSF has been using tracks that cross reservation land in...

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The U.S. Transportation Department is completing work on a package of measures to control oil train dangers before the Obama administration finalizes a national safety plan expected by May, an official with knowledge of the plans said on Thursday. "The Transportation Department will not wait to take action on measures that could improve...

  • BECKLEY, W. Va., March 24- The former chief executive of Massey Energy Co pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a revised federal indictment arising from a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners. The former chief executive, Donald Blankenship, entered his plea in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Massey was acquired in...

  • NEW YORK, March 23- Volunteers at the Galena, Illinois, fire department were hosing down the smoldering wreck of a derailed BNSF oil train on the east bank of the Mississippi River on March 5 when a fire suddenly flared beyond their control. "They dropped the hoses and got out" when the flames started rising, said Charles Pedersen, emergency manager for Jo Daviess...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- A bipartisan plan to save the U.S. Export-Import Bank seeks to extend the bank's term until 2019, increase lending to small businesses and overturn limits on coal-fired power plant projects. Friends of the Earth senior program manager Doug Norlen said fossil fuel projects, especially coal, hurts communities by polluting air and water,...