Robert Murray, coal baron with clout, dies at 80

The son of a coal miner, he built a sprawling company, fought government regulations and wielded considerable political influence as a Trump ally.
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Coal magnate Robert Murray dead at 80, days after retiring

Coal magnate Robert Murray died at his home in Ohio less than a week after announcing his retirement as board chairman of a major U.S. coal operator.


‘The coal industry is back,' Trump proclaimed. It wasn't

The demise of coal-fired power plants in Arizona and Kentucky shows how the president, despite promises to restore jobs, failed to counter the forces decimating the industry.

Bob Murray, who fought black lung regulations as a coal operator, has filed for black lung benefits

As a coal company executive Robert Murray fought mine safety rules on black lung disease. Now he seeks black lung benefits for himself.


Murray Energy exits bankruptcy, rehires union miners

Coal mining giant Murray Energy Corp. has emerged from bankruptcy with a new name and a commitment to rehire all of its former union employees, according to a news release from the United Mine Workers of America.

Federal PAC donations show Ohio Valley lawmakers raked in thousands from utility FirstEnergy

Lawmakers from across the Ohio Valley have received nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions from 2019-2020 from a political action committee associated with FirstEnergy Corp.

A deck made of coal? Let's explore that, says Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette

Mr. Brouillette used Consol’s experiments in turning coal into products as a backdrop to announce that $122 million in funding will be made available for private-public partnerships involved in such work.

Murray Energy bankruptcy still casts shadow on coal’s economic viability

New developments suggest Murray Energy's bankruptcy case could soon wrap up, but they don't resolve questions about how long coal can hang onto its shrinking market share in the face of competition from natural gas and renewables.


Great Lakes offshore wind approval a 'poison pill'

Ohio approved first ever offshore wind project for Great Lakes, but requires turbines be shut off at night for eight months per year to protect birds.

Consol wants a competitor liquidated, angering the miner’s union

Consol Energy Inc. has drawn the wrath of two of the coal industry’s loudest voices: Murray Energy and the United Mine Workers of America. Murray...

Coal's outlook darkens as Appalachian companies idle mines, declare bankruptcy

The broad economic collapse caused by efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus has put unprecedented pressure on coal companies. 

Cash-strapped coal giant Murray Energy faces liquidation

Bankrupt coal miner Murray Energy Corp. could be forced to liquidate unless a federal judge lets it cut health-care payments to retirees, according to court papers.

Foresight Energy is latest U.S. coal miner in bankruptcy

Foresight Energy filed for bankruptcy with plans to hand ownership to its creditors, becoming the latest coal company to fail as power generators switch to cleaner and cheaper fuels.


Congress reaches deal to prop up coal miners' pension fund

The long-sought measure, which transfers federal funds to the 1974 UMWA pension plan, could be signed by Mr. Trump by the end of the week.
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