As coal companies go bankrupt there is growing concern and uncertainty over who will pay to clean up those mines. But Texas has been there before. In 2014, the state’s largest coal company filed for bankruptcy with over $1 billion in outstanding cleanup costs. Now, more than two years later, this case is held up an example of what works.
With the help of a few more delegates from a handful of states, including North Dakota, Donald Trump finally gathered enough to clinch the republican nomination. And with that news, the official Republican Presidential nominee rolled into Bismarck, North Dakota on Thursday.
Every day, thousands of oilfield workers are exposed to deadly petroleum gases — despite the fact that safer technologies exist that could protect them. Inside Energy investigates how federal regulations and financial incentives combine to put workers at risk.
Inside Energy’s Jordan Wirfs-Brock explains how and why the massive methane leak from an underground natural gas storage facility in California matters to Colorado and to the oil and gas industry here.
As the market for coal dwindles, who will foot the bill for restoring the land mined for coal to what it once was? Leigh Paterson reports for Inside Energy on the fate of billions of dollars in outstanding coal mine clean-up costs.
Nationally, coal production is down and being challenged by market forces and new federal regulations. Ironically, Wyoming’s rise to dominance as the country’s top coal-producing state started 45 years ago with another regulation: The Clean Air Act of 1970.