Alpha Turns Coal Reserves Over to Environmentalists

In the midst of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, Alpha Natural Resources has donated more than 53 million tons of reserves in Pennsylvania to a collection of environmental groups including the Sierra Club and will also pay millions for site restoration in Appalachia. The turnover is part of a settlement the producer agreed to with it and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

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SUEK’s Daltransugol Hits Milestone

Russia’s largest coal terminal, SUEK’s Daltransugol in the Khabarovsk Territory, announced July 1 it had achieved a record of 10 million metric tons (mt) of coal handled since the beginning of the year. Officials cited terminal equipment updates for the positive results, as well as the introduction of new high-efficiency technology.

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MEC to Lay Off Up to 4,400 Workers

Ohio, USA-based Murray Energy Corp. (MEC) confirmed just hours before the start of the Independence Day holiday weekend that it has issued potential layoff notices to its workforce in six states, stating that up to 4,400 miners—about 80% of its total front-line payroll—could be without a job by September.

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