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  • *Coal prices still a drag on Glencore- analyst. LONDON, Aug 13- Mining company Glencore posted a 13 percent increase in first-half copper output, in line with market forecasts and boosted by growth at its African and South American mines but its zinc and nickel production dipped.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 13- Coal miners in Australia have spent the past two years desperately cutting costs in a bid to survive falling prices, but this strategy is running out of steam.

  • A key part of that strategy was for the United States to stop using public money to finance the construction of most coal-fired power plants abroad, seen as one of the main causes of rising pollution from heat-trapping gases.

  • Aug 7- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, an iron ore and coal producer, said on Thursday that Lourenco Goncalves, a former steel company executive, was named to run the company after activist investor Casablanca Capital triumphed in a proxy battle.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Aug 7- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, the country's No.2 oil and gas company, lowered its 2014 oil production guidance on Thursday as a result of issues at its Kirby South and Primrose oil sands projects in northern Alberta.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 7- The United States should lift its nearly four-decade ban on crude oil exports to help encourage domestic production, the Washington Post said in an editorial on Thursday. Booming shale oil production has led to an intense debate over the moratorium, which was imposed by Congress in 1975 in the wake of the Arab oil embargo.

  • Aug 7- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, an iron ore and coal producer, said on Thursday that Lourenco Goncalves, a former steel company executive, was named to run the company after activist investor Casablanca Capital triumphed in a proxy battle. New York- Casablanca, which has a 5.2 percent stake in Cliffs, claimed the company was destroying shareholder value.

  • Aug 6- Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a smaller-than-expected second-quarter loss as the cost of selling coal in eastern United States declined 6 percent from the first quarter.

  • Aug 6- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a slightly bigger adjusted net loss for the second quarter as coal prices remained weak. Alpha Natural is also being hurt by poor rail service in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, which is preventing the company from cashing in on an uptick in demand for electricity-generating coal.

  • Coal miner Alpha Natural's quarterly loss widens Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    Aug 6- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a bigger quarterly loss as coal prices remained weak. Net loss widened to $512.6 million, or $2.32 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $185.7 million, or 84 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue dropped 21 percent to $1.05 billion.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 5- Prices for thermal and coking coal appear poised to diverge, with the power-plant fuel remaining mired in the doldrums and the steel-making ingredient posting modest gains. The 2011 high was reached after severe flooding in Queensland state, the main coking coal producer in top exporter Australia.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, July 31- Imperial Oil Ltd reported a tripling of profit on Thursday and said production at its Kearl oil sands project was approaching its 110,000 barrel per day capacity as it continued to tweak operations at Canada's newest oil sands mine.

  • Poland cuts estimate for shale gas exploration wells Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 7:40 AM ET

    *80 shale wells to have been drilled by late 2014. WARSAW, July 31- Poland is seeing less exploratory drilling for shale gas than expected, environment minister Maciej Grabowski told Reuters, dealing a setback to the country's efforts to find a cheap alternative to the natural gas it imports from Russia.

  • *Mozambique bets on India's growing demand for coal. LONDON, July 30- Rio Tinto has agreed to sell coal assets it bought through a $4 billion acquisition of Riversdale in 2011 for just $50 million to an Indian joint venture, ending its ill-fated venture in Mozambique's coal sector.

  • July 30- Cenovus Energy Inc, Canada's No.2 independent oil producer, said its second-quarter profit more than tripled, helped by increased production at its Christina Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta.

  • Cenovus' profit triples as oil sands production jumps Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    July 30- Cenovus Energy Inc, Canada's No.2 independent oil producer, said its second-quarter profit more than tripled, helped by increased production at its Christina Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta.

  • Arch Coal, like other U.S. miners, is struggling with dismally low coal prices and has been trying to cut costs and lower production of low-margin metallurgical, or steel-making, coal. Last week, Arch Coal said it would idle its Cumberland River coal complex in Kentucky and Virginia, lowering its full-year metallurgical coal volumes by about 200,000 tons.

  • Concerns about the potentially dangerous impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the search for shale gas has prompted protests in Britain and outright bans on the practice in France and elsewhere.

  • July 24- The steel-making coal market needs to cut another 10 million tonnes of production to get into balance, the chief of Teck Resources Ltd said on Thursday after the Canadian miner reported a sharp fall in profit, mainly due to weak coal prices.

  • July 24- Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd reported a 44 percent drop in quarterly earnings, mainly due to "significantly" lower coal prices. On an adjusted basis, Vancouver- based Teck's earnings fell to 13 Canadian cents per share from 34 Canadian cents per share.