United States

Valerie Volcovici

Injury rates jump at coal giant Murray's West Virginia mines

Oct 25 2018

Injury rates have more than doubled at five West Virginia coal mines acquired by Murray Energy Corp. in 2013, according to a Reuters review of federal data, as the firm sharply increased the amount of coal produced per manhour.

U.S. coal industry needs 'fundamental shift' to fight black lung: report

Jun 28 2018

WASHINGTON Coal companies need to make a "fundamental shift" in how they control exposure to coal dust in underground mines to address the recent surge in black lung disease rates, according to a federal report released Thursday.

U.S. coal miners worry Trump-China trade dispute could hit exports

Jun 25 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. coal mining companies are worried President Donald Trump’s intensifying trade dispute with China could hurt their booming export business, one of the ailing sector’s most important lifelines, according to industry players.

Big Oil eyes U.S. minority groups to build offshore drilling support

Jun 22 2018

WASHINGTON The largest U.S. oil and gas lobby group is seeking to convince Hispanic and black communities to support the Trump administration's proposed expansion of offshore drilling, arguing it would create high paying jobs, including for storm-displaced Puerto Ricans.

China Energy executives cancel West Virginia trip amid trade dispute

Jun 20 2018

WASHINGTON A scheduled trip to West Virginia by executives from China Energy Investment Corp to discuss a planned $83.7 billion investment in the state has been canceled, the latest victim of a growing trade war between the United States and China.

EPA-recommended chemicals levels in water too high: U.S. report

Jun 20 2018

WASHINGTON The risk level for exposure in water to common chemicals used in Teflon and firefighting foam should be at least seven to 10 times lower than the threshold recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a draft report released on Wednesday that the White House and EPA had tried to keep from publication.

House lawmakers step up probe on green groups' international work

Jun 20 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. Republican lawmakers on Wednesday stepped up their scrutiny of environmental groups' work with foreign countries, requesting that the Center for Biological Diversity turn in a list of documents detailing their work with Japanese officials.

Senate Republicans call for hearing on Pruitt scandals

Jun 13 2018

WASHINGTON Republican senators on Wednesday said embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt should testify before the U.S. Congress to address the list of ethics scandals he faces, but stopped short of calling for his resignation.

U.S. House Republicans probe green group lawsuits against Defense Dept

Jun 13 2018

WASHINGTON Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday sought information from the Defense Secretary about lawsuits filed by nonprofit environmental groups against his department, as they probed possible foreign influence on such groups.

U.S. Interior Dept axed health study on coal without clear reason -watchdog

Jun 12 2018

WASHINGTON, June 12 The U.S. Interior Department has been unable to adequately explain why it cancelled a $1 million study on the public health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining, the agency's inspector general office said in a report released on Tuesday.

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