Coal

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King II Coal Mine expansion proposal splits crowd

An open house Tuesday at the Breen Community Building focused on the expansion of a coal mine west of Durango drew ardent supporters and skeptics. The GCC Energy King II Coal Mine 20 miles west of...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Public comment opens for future of King II coal mine

La Plata County’s only operating coal mine is set to run out of reserves in about two years, prompting the company to ask for an expansion of 950 acres of underground workings about 20 miles west...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Coal royalty program changes frozen

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States,...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Montezuma commissioners endorse King II coal mine expansion

The Montezuma County Commission supports a proposed expansion of the King II coal mine near Hesperus. In a Jan. 23 letter, commissioners urged the Bureau of Land Management to approve the 952-acre...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Resolution to end stream protection rule heads to Trump’s desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to approve a joint resolution disapproving of the stream protection rule. The Interior Department’s rule barred coal mining companies from dumping...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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County wants water, alternative routes considered in proposed mine expansion

La Plata County officials want robust water monitoring and pressure taken off County Road 120 as federal agencies analyze the King II coal mine’s expansion plans. The Bureau of Land Management and...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Additional environmental study planned for Hesperus coal mine expansion

Federal agencies announced this month that they will conduct additional environmental analyses of a Hesperus coal mine’s expansion plans. GCC Energy , which owns the King II coal mine, wants to...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Navajo Nation faces possible plant, mine closure

PAGE, Ariz. – Communities on the Navajo Nation are bracing for the economic fallout from the possible shutdown of a coal-fired power plant. Closing the Navajo Generating Station and a coal mine...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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GCC president says it would help build Trump’s wall

Coal extracted from a mine in La Plata County could very well help President-elect Donald Trump build his “big, beautiful, powerful” wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a Nov. 23 article, Enrique...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Tipton, coal caucus oppose Stream Protection Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez , joined 49 other members of Congress in renewing their call to block a new rule aimed at protecting streams from surface coal mining. In a...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hesperus coal mine lays off workers

Feeling the pressures of a depressed industry, the King II coal mine in Hesperus has restructured, resulting in the lay-off of seven full-time employees. Since the beginning of the year, King II’s ...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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King II receives moratorium exemption, exploration license

Six months after the Interior secretary declared a pause on new coal production leases across the United States, the King II coal mine in Hesperus received the exemption from the moratorium it was...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News