Regulators heard from all sorts of people, from firefighters to business owners to coal miners, at a meeting in Grand Junction, CO last week on potential reforms to the federal coal program.
There’s growing evidence that activities related to hydraulic fracturing can contaminate water supplies. A controversial draft report last year from the Environmental Protection Agency said the contamination was not widespread or systemic --- yet for a number of households whose water has been tainted, and for many more who fear it is tainted, the struggle for clean water can sap energy and take years. Maryam Jameel from the Center for Public Integrity has the first of two stories on families in Pennsylvania desperate for answers.
As Alpha Natural Resources looks to emerge from bankruptcy, the government is opposing the company’s plan to transfer its federal coal leases to a new company. The Department of Justice argues Alpha’s current reorganization plan doesn’t adequately address the company’s cleanup obligations.
Answering an energy question from Wellington Middle School, our Inside Energy team shines a light on power wasted in electricity generation. Can it be reused? Recycled? Turned into energy?
As coal companies go bankrupt, the high price tag on mine clean up is a growing concern. Today, Senate democrats introduced legislation aimed at preventing the problem from getting even bigger.