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  • U.S. producer Century Aluminum warned last week it would begin shuttering its Hawesville smelter in Kentucky in October "unless the current pricing environment substantially improves." Overshadowed by its announcement on Hawesville was Century's decision in July to dismantle permanently its Ravenswood smelter in West Virginia. The uncomfortable truth...

  • BOSTON, Sept 2- An Oscar-nominated HBO documentary that showed American homeowners near hydraulic fracturing sites setting fire to their tap water may have been the main trigger for a surge in public opposition to the oil and gas production technique, according to a study to be published next month. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year concluded...

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— A Murray Energy subsidiary and the United Mine Workers of America have settled a lawsuit over the company's use of non-union workers to perform work on seals at an underground coal mine in north-central West Virginia. District Judge Irene Keeley approved the settlement and dismissed the UMW's lawsuit against Monongalia County Coal Co. on...

  • U.S. producer Century Aluminum warned last week it would begin shuttering its Hawesville smelter in Kentucky in October "unless the current pricing environment substantially improves". Overshadowed by its announcement on Hawesville was Century's decision in July to dismantle permanently its Ravenswood smelter in West Virginia. The uncomfortable truth...

  • Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance and relation to marijuana.

  • Company: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Gulf oil leak Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor said in a news release it has agreed under the settlement to make a $300,000 donation to a Louisiana marine research consortium...

  • Bimbo Bakeries recalls bread sold in 11 states Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 6:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The maker of Sara Lee, Nature's Harvest and other brands is recalling about 48,000 packages of bread sold in 11 states because they may contain fragments of glass from a broken light bulb at a company factory. The recall covers seven different Sara Lee products, two each sold under the Nature's Harvest and Great Value brands, and one each for the Kroger,...

  • With fire and smoke billowing along the James River in Lynchburg, city fire battalion chief Robert E. Lipscomb said the sooner he could get answers about the train from the company, the better. "I felt, from an incident commander's perspective, that that two hours was a little bit long," he told the National Transportation Safety Board a day after the April 30, 2014...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week increased by one to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota and Oklahoma each gained three rigs and Alaska, California, Kansas and Wyoming each gained one. Texas lost six rigs, Pennsylvania declined by two and...

  • Fewer people had jobs in Louisiana in July as employer payrolls shrank, but the unemployment rate fell again as even more people left the labor force. Both sets of figures— adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes— were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. West Virginia, at 7.5 percent, had the highest unemployment rate among the states, while Louisiana's...

  • Economic issues occupied a small portion of the GOP's first presidential primary debate last month, a stark contrast from the primary debates of 2012, which focused heavily on jobs and the economy. In Nevada, which will pick Republican and Democratic nominees Feb. 20, unemployment is still high at 6.8 percent. Nevada has added about 45,000 jobs in the past year,...

  • States from Alabama to West Virginia that oppose the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan filed for the stay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and asked for a ruling by Sept. 8, one year before states need to submit compliance plans to the EPA. "This rule is the most far-reaching energy regulation in the nation's history, and the EPA simply does not...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 9- In her 2008 bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton cast herself as a blue-collar Democrat who was unabashedly pro-coal, a stance that helped her beat opponent Barack Obama easily in primaries in states that produced or were reliant on coal. Ohio and Pennsylvania, in particular, have a lot of electoral votes, which are key to electing a new...

  • Aug 3- Alpha Natural Resources Inc, one of the largest U.S. coal companies, became the latest in the hard-hit industry to seek bankruptcy on Monday. Walter Energy Inc and Patriot Coal Corp also filed for bankruptcy protection this year. Energy Future Holdings Corp, a power company that also has a large coal mining business, has been in bankruptcy since 2014..

  • Aug 3- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc became the latest company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to a steep fall in coal prices. Walter Energy Inc and Patriot Coal Corp filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year. The company and its affiliates operate more than 50 underground and surface mines, and more than 20 coal preparation facilities in...

  • Alpha Natural and its affiliates operate more than 50 underground and surface mines, and more than 20 coal preparation facilities in Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

  • Among the challengers were coal company Peabody Energy Corp and utility American Electric Power Co Inc.. The appeals court ruled that the EPA would have to revise sulfur dioxide emissions budgets for four states and nitrogen oxide budgets for 11 because it had asked them to reduce their emissions by more than required. The EPA has "required states to reduce...

  • Republicans eliminated the proposal from a multi-year surface transportation bill, after coming under pressure from the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers, whose support they need for passage of the legislation, Senate aides said on Wednesday. In late June, the Republican-controlled Senate Commerce Committee voted to repeal the requirement...

  • Republicans eliminated the proposal from a multi-year surface transportation bill, after coming under pressure from the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers, whose support they need for passage of the legislation, Senate aides said on Wednesday. In late June, the Republican-controlled Senate Commerce Committee voted to repeal the requirement...

  • *Russian billionaire Yuri Milner funding 10- year project. SAN FRANCISCO/ LONDON, July 20- Scientists are about to embark on the biggest search yet for alien life, sweeping the skies for signals of civilisations beyond our solar system with $100 million from a Russian billionaire and the backing of physicist Stephen Hawking. It's time to commit to finding the...