Tag Archives: coal

Clarification On Craig Station Unit 1 Closure

Craig_StationThe future of Craig Station Unit 1 became a little clearer following Thursday nights meeting at Moffat County High School.  Mike McInnes, the CEO of Tri-State, one of the members of the Yampa Project that own Unit 1, attended the meeting to provide an explanation for the closure, and to brief the community on the Yampa Project’s plan for the future.  McInnes stressed that the agreement to close Unit 1 by the end of 2025 was the Continue reading

Coal Jobs Down 50% Since 2011

coalplugAccording to some estimates, the number of coal jobs in the United States has decreased by almost 50% since the peak in 2011. This has caused unemployment to rise in areas of the country like Wyoming and Northwest Colorado, who depend heavily on coal production. These lost jobs are the result of the falling price of coal, which is currently at a 30 year low, and increased federal and environmental regulations. Experts are uncertain whether Continue reading

Coal Production Falls Again In NW Colorado

Yampa Data Partners LogoThe most recent edition of the “Yampa Valley Data Partners Fast Facts” shows that coal production continued to slip in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco Counties. Numbers show total Continue reading

Proposed Tax Incentives For Coal Communities

coalplugMoffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid met with Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet recently to discuss the formation of Coal Community Empowerment Zones in Colorado. An empowerment zone is a federally designated area, where businesses and governments receive specific tax credits, designed to encourage hiring and Continue reading

Hickenlooper May Demand Carbon Emission Reductions

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper is considering instituting an executive order that would require the states power sector to reduce its carbon emissions by 35%, by the year 2030. A spokesman from Hickenlooper’s office said that the executive order is still in a rough draft phase, the governor is taking input and Continue reading

Wyoming Partners With Japan To Research Clean Coal

wyoming-flag-graphicIn an effort to revitalize the coal industry in the state, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed an agreement yesterday, which will allow the state to work in conjunction with a conglomerate of Japanese energy companies in order to research clean coal technologies. Researchers from the Japanese group will work closely with the University of Continue reading

NW Colorado Produced 81% Of States Coal In April

coalplugNorthwest Colorado produced over 80% of the states coal in April according to recent numbers released by the Yampa Valley Data Partners. However, the numbers are slightly misleading as annual production for 2016 is 23 to 44 percent behind the totals Continue reading

NW Colorado Coalition To Address National Coal Plan

war on coal shirtA coalition of pro-coal advocates from Northwest Colorado will be in Grand Junction tomorrow to provide input on the Interior Departments federal coal plan. Members from the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Craig and Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, and elected officials from Moffat County will join citizens, miners and other government officials from across the state to comment on the regulations. Discussion is expected to revolve around the Interior Departments moratorium Continue reading

Coal Gasification Project In Carbon County Cancelled

coalPlans to construct a $2 billion coal gasification plant near Medicine Bow have been cancelled. DKRW Advanced Fuels, the company that planned to build the plant, notified Wyoming state and local officials last month of their plans to cancel the project. This project has been Continue reading

Coalition To Protest Coal Regulations

war on coal shirtA coalition of Northwest Colorado residents will be joining others from across the state in Grand Junction next week to protest the Interior Departments moratorium on coal leases for federal land, and its attempt to hinder existing mine operations through increased royalties on production. Members from the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Craig and Moffat County Economic Continue reading

Colorado Coal Mine Will Layoff 80 Workers

coalplugThe owners of the West Elk Coal Mine near Somerset Colorado announced earlier this week that they will lay off 80 workers. The West Elk Coal Mine produced the most coal in Colorado last year. The layoffs represent about a quarter of Continue reading

Review Of Coal Program Continues

coalplugAs part of the next step in the Department of Interiors review of the National Coal plan, six meetings are scheduled to gain community input on potential reform Three of the meeting will be held in western states. The first will be held in Salt Lake City on May 19th, a 2nd will take place in Casper on May 23rd and another is scheduled in Grand Junction on June 23rd. At these meetings the BLM will attempt to Continue reading