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  • HELENA, Mont.— President Barack Obama unveiled the final regulations in his plan to cut nationwide carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent by 2030. Obama touted it as a bold step to slow climate change, while opponents said it was federal overreach that will raise prices for electricity consumers. There are two main reasons, according to the Environmental...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK— Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country's biggest coal producers, became the latest in a string of coal companies to seek bankruptcy protection amid an historic shift in the electric power sector brought on by cheap natural gas and stricter pollution regulations. Alpha operates about 60 coal mines, many in parts of Appalachia that have seen...

  • 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.

  • Obama to unveil tougher climate plan Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in response to the Iran Nuclear Deal on July 15, 2015 in Washington.

    President Obama will unveil regulations representing the strongest US action ever taken against climate change on Monday. The New York Times reports.

  • US oil and natural gas rig count down 2 to 874 Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 2:21 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Louisiana gained two and North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming each gained one. Kansas lost four rigs, Utah declined by three, Alaska and...

  • Cloud Peak reports 2Q loss Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:58 PM ET

    GILLETTE, Wyo. _ Cloud Peak Energy Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $52.9 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 66 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • What's in the 6-year Senate transportation bill Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 3:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall. Industry officials said the $350 billion Senate bill isn't ideal— not as much money as they would like and only three of the six years paid for— but they are desperate for at least...

  • July 28- Peabody Energy Corp said it was suspending its quarterly dividend, reducing production of steel-making coal and cutting jobs to stem losses as coal prices remain stubbornly low. Peabody said it was cutting 550 jobs, including 300 across mines in Australia and 250 corporate and regional support positions, and closing some offices in Wyoming.

  • TULSA, Oklahoma, July 28- The rebound in U.S. jobs, limited in the early part of the recovery to a handful of booming industries such as oil, has broadened across the country as old-line industrial areas such as Michigan and sun belt hubs like Florida pick up the slack. Riding the shale oil and gas boom, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and three other states made an outsized...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The Northern Cheyenne tribe is planning additional investigations of cultural sites along the path of a proposed railroad that would open new areas of southeastern Montana to large-scale coal mining. Tribal Councilmember Conrad Fisher said elders will revisit areas previously surveyed by contractors for the Surface Transportation...

  • WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.— As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some Republican governors as well as Democrats say they aren't waiting to raise or borrow money to fix or build roads, bridges and highways. GOP governors in Georgia, Iowa, South Dakota and Utah are among those who have approved road tax increases.

  • *Williams: meeting helps balance frequent banker, CEO meetings. *Fed Up coalition has also met with Yellen, George, Rosengren. SAN FRANCISCO, July 16- San Francisco Fed President John Williams has promised more transparency after a rare meeting with a coalition of community and labor groups which also urged the U.S. central banker to keep interest rates low.

  • Drillers added oil rigs in two of the four major U.S. shale oil basins- eight rigs in the Permian in West Texas and eastern New Mexico and one in the Niobrara in Colorado and Wyoming- and cut five rigs each in the other two basins- the Eagle Ford in South Texas and the Bakken in North Dakota and Montana. On Friday, crude futures traded between $52 and $54 a barrel in see-saw...

  • July 6- Tallgrass Energy Partners LP on Monday lifted a force majeure on the Wamsutter echo springs compressor station of its Rockies Express natural gas pipeline. The 1,698- mile natural gas pipeline system stretches from Rio Blanco County, Colorado, to Monroe County, Ohio, with a capacity of 1.8 billion cubic feet per day. Rockies Express is owned by Tallgrass...

  • The oil rig count rise of 12 to 640 followed a six-month slump in activity that reduced the number of active rigs from a peak of 1,609 in October to a nearly five-year low last week, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. Drillers added rigs in all of the major U.S. shale oil basins- three in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, two in the...

  • June 23- A U.S. judge in Wyoming on Tuesday granted a request by four states and several energy industry groups to temporarily stop new federal rules on hydraulic fracturing on public lands from taking effect on Wednesday. IPAA and the Western Energy Alliance were joined by Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Utah in seeking to stop the new rules from taking...

  • U.S. fracking rules to face early legal test Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET

    The Interior Department rules, slated to take effect on June 24, would require companies to provide data on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally owned land. This is the "first tranche in this battle," said Dan Naatz, senior vice president for government relations at the...

  • June 5- The U.S. drilling-rig count, which recorded its 26th straight weekly decline this week, is close to bottoming out ahead of a recovery in the second half of the year, mainly in the Permian and Eagle Ford shale plays in Texas, analysts said. At the end of this week, 868 oil and gas rigs were working in the United States, including 27 offshore, according to oilfield...