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Patriot Coal files for Bankruptcy Protection

By Tiffany Kary and Dawn McCarty, Bloomberg, Jul 9, 2012

Patriot Coal Corp. (PCX) filed for bankruptcy after milder winters and a shift to natural gas sent coal demand to a 24-year low.

Dust reforms stymied by years of inaction

By Ken Ward Jr., iWatch News, July 8, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For more than a quarter-century, government efforts to end deadly black lung disease have hit various brick walls, built by opposition from one side or the other.

Black lung surges back in coal country

By Chris Hamby, iWatchNews,  July 8, 2012

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Ray Marcum bears the marks of a bygone era of coal mining. At 83, his voice is raspy, his eastern Kentucky accent thick and his forearms leathery. A black pouch of Stoker’s 24C chewing tobacco pokes out of the back pocket of his jeans. “I started chewing in the mines to keep the coal dust out of my mouth,” he says.

The Coal Industry Wants You in the Dark

Brian Dockstader, Campaign for America's Future, July 3 2012

If you've watched any cable news show in the last year, chances are you've probably seen one or a thousand ads from the fossil fuel industry attacking regulations and/or trying to paint their products as necessary for prosperity. If nothing else, the sheer volume of primetime advertisements makes one thing strikingly apparent: the fossil fuel industry has a LOT of money.

'We cannot remain silent' about coal mine

Sharon Small, Comox Valley Record, July 5, 2012

Dear editor,

After reading your editorial (Record, June 13) regarding the cost to public property Raven Coal mine protesters caused when hanging a banner over the Bank of Montreal and the charge they "pushed the envelope," I hope readers are asking themselves why a group of "young protesters" would feel the need to make such a dramatic gesture to get the public's attention regarding the imminent threat the Raven Coal mine presents to the Comox Valley.

Track cleanup begins in Mesa

By Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald, July 4, 2012

About 24 hours after a coal train derailed in Mesa, the tracks were fixed and train traffic returned to normal.

But, it likely will take three weeks for the 30 damaged cars and spilled coal to be cleaned up, said Gus Melonas, spokesman for BNSF Railway Co.

Derailed coal train fuels critics of increased Northwest shipping

By Laura J. Nelson, LA Times, July 3, 2012

A derailed Spokane-bound train interrupted an interstate railroad thoroughfare for more than 24 hours, but the tracks were to reopen Tuesday night, BNSF Railway Co. officials said.

The freight train derailed Monday, spewing 31 cars and tons of coal dust across the arid grasslands of southeast Washington.

Thermal coal prices hit two-year low

By Javier Blas, Financial Times, June 11 2012

2 year coal price chartLondon - Thermal coal prices fell to a two-year low on Monday as surging exports from Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of the commodity used to fire power stations, and the US continue to overwhelm demand from Asian countries.

The surge in supply comes as Chinese importers of thermal coal asked traders to defer cargos and – in some cases – defaulted on their contracts. Chinese coal imports, nonetheless, are running well ahead of the levels of last year, traders said.

At least 30 vessels of unsold coal cargoes float off China's coast

Cecilia Quiambao, Platts, June 5 2012

Bali, Indonesia (Platts) - At least 30 Panamax or Capesize vessels are floating off China's coast because traders who bought them have been unable to resell them to end-users, two industry sources said Tuesday at a conference in Indonesia.

Investors still hot on coal, despite drop in prices

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012

Companies see opportunities in Asia, and are continuing exploring for deposits and developing mines

Despite a drop in prices in China, Canadian coal companies are not slowing down exploration programs or development of new mines.

China Buyers Defer Raw Material Cargos

By Javier Blas in Singapore and Jack Farchy in London, Financial Times, May 20 2012

Chinese consumers of thermal coal and iron ore are asking traders to defer cargos and – in some cases – defaulting on their contracts, in the clearest sign yet of the impact of the country’s economic slowdown on the global raw materials markets.

Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Project submitted for environmental assessment

CoalWatch News, May 19, 2012

Cardero Resource Corp. has submitted a project description for its Carbon Creek Project, a proposed open pit coal mine located in the Peace River Coalfield in northeastern BC.

Suska coal project studied by JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Xstrata Coal partnership

The Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, May 15, 2012

TOKYO — A partnership formed by JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Xstrata Coal will invest $35 million on a preliminary study of the Suska coal project in eastern British Columbia.

Across the Northwest, Environmental Groups Act to Prevent Coal Transport

Common Dreams,May 8 2012

Anti-coal activists out in force this week against coal transport, export to China

Two major anti-coal actions this week highlighted the blight of the coal industry on Canada, the US, China and the world.

Two Cowichan men arrested in coal protest

Kevin Rothbauer, Cowichan Valley Citizen, May 7 2012 

Two Cowichan Valley men were among 13 protesters arrested when they tried to stop a coal train last Saturday.

We Did It!

Stop Coal, May 6, 2012

Yesterday we prevented 5 BNSF coal trains from entering BC to unload coal at Westshore Terminals. We physically stopped a 6th train on the tracks at White Rock BC at 6 pm, at which point 14 good citizens were arrested for violating a court order not to interfere with BNSF operations.

Climate activists arrested at behest of Warren Buffett's BNSF Railway over coal blockade

David P. Ball, Vancouver Observer, May 5 2012

Thirteen activists, including a Nobel Peace Prize winning economist, have been arrested in a coal train blockade, after Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) was granted a pre-emptive court order.

BNSF, owned by billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett, served roughly 40 anti-coal blockaders in White Rock with pre-emptive injunctions this morning from the BC Supreme Court, backed up by a dozen RCMP officers who appeared to be helping them serve court orders by identifying leaders of the group.

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Climate change blockader Kevin Washbrook holds a briefcase of coal he collected along the railway tracks. Photo by David P. Ball

Anti-coal protesters arrested in White Rock

CBC News, May 6, 2012

13 demonstrators handed $115 tickets

About a dozen protesters, including one of Canada's leading energy-environment economists, were arrested Saturday after setting up a blockade on train tracks in White Rock, B.C., aimed at stopping U.S. coal trains from reaching local ports.

Coal is scary stuff

Herman Vanderbyl, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, May 4 2012

I have been following the different letters over the last few years regarding the proposed Raven coal mine.

Of particular interest to me is the last letter from Mr. Alf Randall (The News, April 24) wherein he again states what he refers to as facts.

Arch Coal’s Q1 plummets from $55.6 million a year ago to just $1.2 million

Michael Allan McCrae, Mining.com, May 1, 2012

Blaming severe weakness in U.S. thermal coal markets, Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today reported first quarter 2012 net income of $1.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with net income of $55.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

'Civil disobedience' planned for White Rock rails

By Alex Browne, Peace Arch News, May 01, 2012

They've asked to meet with government, they say, to no avail.

Now members of the group British Columbians for Climate Action – who want the export of coal from B.C. phased out – are taking their message to the streets, or rather rails, of White Rock.

For Miners, Coal Is No Longer Hot

Matt Day, Wall Street Journal, April 29 2012

It's been a bleak spring for U.S. coal miners—and the question for Arch Coal Inc. ACI -1.66% and Alpha Natural Resources Inc. ANR -3.88% is whether they can even meet lowered expectations.

Stop the Coal Train - White Rock - May 5

Bill McKibben & 350.org have announced Saturday May 5th, 2012 as an International Day of Action to “connect the dots.” We're ready to highlight the connection between coal exports and climate change. We hope you'll join us.

On May 5th, for 24 hours, we intend to stop all coal coming from the US on trains, through White Rock, for export out of BC's ports.

Heal the planet

Rita Dawson, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, April 24 2012

Regardless of what coal is used for, mining coal is a blasphemy against Mother Earth and environmentally degrading.

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