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 Bureau of Land Management Approves Alton Coal Lease and Modification Plants for SUFCO Mine

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the Alton Coal Tract coal lease in Kane County, Utah and two lease modification proposals for the SUFCO Mine in Sevier County, Utah.

Modification proposals for SUFCO Mine will extend the mine-life by up to five years.

Sufco Mine

The underground mine currently produces about 5Mt-6Mt of coal annually. It has been producing coal since 1941.

Department of the Interior acting U.S. Secretary David Bernhardt said: “Coal production on federal lands provides nearly 40% of our nation’s coal.

“By approving these projects today, we will ensure that these mines are operational for years to come, providing well-paying jobs and affordable energy to the people of Utah.”

With the approval of coal lease applications and modifications, the BLM will support the success of coal development on federal lands.

Senator Mike Lee said: “These two new coal projects are a huge win for Utah jobs, Utah consumers, and the Utah economy.”

Approvals for Alton Coal and SUFCO Mine are expected to offer nearly 500 direct and indirect jobs in Utah.

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No Blowin' in the Wind Today...MISO Wind at 1.1%

The Green New Deal is supplying the Midwest with 1.1% of its electricity this afternoon.

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Three Coal Ships Loaded at Dominion Terminal in Week Ended February 15; Two More at the Pier

Dominion Terminal Associates loaded and exported 144,438 st of coal on three coal carriers at its Newport News, Virginia, pier in the week ended February 15, down from four with 274,969 st a week earlier, company data showed Friday.

The terminal, which is owned by Contura Energy (65%) and Arch Coal (35%) and served by CSX, loaded the Epictetus with 13,094 st of coal on Sunday, the DTA data showed. The ship is currently docked at Pier IX, which is owned and operated by Kinder Morgan, according to cFlow, S&P Global Platts trade-flow software.

The Navios Southern Star loaded 47,840 st on Monday and is expected to reach Ijmuiden, Netherlands, on February 25, according to the data and cFlow.

Norfolk Southern Coal Pier 6 in Virginia

On Thursday, 83,504 st was loaded onto the Kiran Eurasia vessel, which departed for the Port of Gibraltar on the south coast of Spain. The ship is expected to arrive on February 25.

The Andante and Rio Grita are currently anchored at the pier, and as of 11 am EST (1600 GMT), the Andante had loaded 85,968 st, but the Stonington Eagle had not started loading the scheduled 55,225 st.

Five coal carriers are currently anchored near Cape Charles, outside of Hampton Roads, that are waiting to load coal at one of the three terminals, but only one is currently scheduled to load at DTA. Last week, eight were waiting near Cape Charles.

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 New Mine to Open in Kentucky

In Kentucky, the annual coal meeting by the Daviess County Commissioners received an unexpected addition when White Stallion Energy announced plans to open the Captain Daviess Mine in far southeastern Daviess County. The mine is one that has been in the works for several years but now appears about ready to start.

"It was Vigo Coal and now it's White Stallion," said Commissioner Michael Taylor. "They came to us three or four years ago and asked to reopen that mine. It got put on a back burner. Now, it looks like by the end of the year, there will be another open pit operating in our community."

White Stallion Energy may be a new name in the coal business in Daviess County but the owner has an extensive background in mining in southern Indiana.

"Vigo Coal was bought out by White Stallion Energy three years ago," said Alex Messmoor with White Stallion. "The principal owner is Steve Chancellor who was the former owner of Black Beauty Coal. White Stallion also bought out Solar Sources (the other mine operator in Daviess County). The company now operates six active mines in Indiana and we are looking to expand and get more sales. That has generated rumor and we do anticipate and hope to open the Captain Daviess Mine this year."

The proposed mine is located on the Hawthorn property in southeastern Daviess County in the area of CR 900 S. and Glendale.

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Revised NSPS Standards Encourage the Utilization of Emissions-Reducing Technologies, NMA Testifies at Public Hearing 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to amend the 2015 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new coal-fired power plants is an important return to a sound and lawful standard that clears the way for the utilization of advanced technologies that reduce emissions while maintaining the diversity of the U.S. electric grid, the National Mining Association (NMA) said today in a public hearing on the proposed rule.

Katie Sweeney, NMA Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, and General Counsel testified the 2015 rule imposed a “de facto moratorium on construction of new coal-fired power plants. The proposed revisions are necessary to allow construction of new, highly efficient coal units, particularly if regulations and fuel markets change and eliminate the current barriers on the construction of new, lower emitting coal-fired units.” 

Background

The 2015 NSPS aimed to make it all but impossible to build a new coal plant in the United States. The standard established partial carbon capture and storage (CCS) along with supercritical pulverized coal as the best system of emission reduction (BSER). At the time of the rule-making, no end-to-end CCS technologies had been demonstrated at scale for coal-fired baseload electricity generation. This technology was unproven and its cost exorbitant and unreasonable. CCS should have been disqualified as BSER for baseload power plants. Its inclusion for coal-based electricity generating units was arbitrary and unreasoned.

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