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  • 05

    May

    Federal Government Looking at Reclaiming Abandoned Coal Mines and Gas Wells as Job Creation

    Two new reports focusing on Pennsylvania and nearby states find that reclaiming abandoned coal mines and plugging abandoned oil and gas wells, could create thousands of jobs. The research, done by the Ohio River Valley Institute (ORVI), looks at Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, and identifies hundreds of thousands of...

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  • 05

    May

    Abandoned-Mine Cleanup Could Cost Twice the Federal Estimate

    According to a second report released by the nonprofit Ohio River Institute, the U.S. Interior Department has drastically underestimated the costs of reclaiming abandoned mines around the U.S. Currently the Office of Surface Mining estimates an AML liability of $11 billion. However, the Ohio study argues that figure relies on...

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  • 05

    May

    Appalachian Basin Identified as the Largest Source Emissions for Methane in the United States

    According to the European energy and environmental consulting firm Kyrros, the Appalachian Basin is the largest U.S. source of methane emissions when factoring in the amount of the greenhouse gas released from coal mines. The Appalachian Basin, which lies under Pennsylvania, Ohio and other Eastern states, produced 3 million tons of...

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  • 05

    May

    Proposed Federal Legislation Would Reduce Reclamation Fee and Ensure Abandoned Mine Reclamation

    Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney has introduced legislation to lower the fees coal companies are paying to reclaim abandoned mine lands. H.R. 2462, authored by Cheney, would reduce the current AML fees by 40%. The fees mine operators pay for each ton of coal produced vary: 28 cents...

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