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West Virginia hosts CPP repeal hearing; Murray Energy drops cases against CSX

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West Virginia hosts CPP repeal hearing; Murray Energy drops cases against CSX

West Virginia readies to host only Clean Power Plan repeal hearing

Charleston, W.Va., will play host to a political showdown Nov. 28 and 29 as lawyers, politicians, environmental groups, concerned citizens and others descend on the Appalachian city for a public hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

The hearing is the only event scheduled for the public to air their support or opposition for the EPA's plan to dismantle the Obama administration rule, which would have required existing fossil fuel power plants to clean up emissions of carbon. Outside of the hearing, the agency is also accepting written comments on the proposal until Jan. 16, 2018.

Murray Energy drops cases against CSX over alleged service issues

Murray Energy Corp. dropped cases against CSX Transportation Inc. over service delays and other transportation problems.

The coal producer confirmed it had "dismissed, without prejudice," cases brought against the railroad under federal courts and before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. However, according to a statement released to S&P Global Market Intelligence, "Murray Energy retains the right to refile these cases in the event that CSX's recent service improvements are not sustained."

Maintenance chief at Ky. coal mine fined for safety violations

The chief of maintenance at the Paradise #9 coal mine operated by KenAmerican Resources Inc. was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine for felony violations of the Mine Safety and Health Act.

Daniel Couch Jr. pleaded guilty to falsifying safety records to cover his failure to perform a weekly fire suppression check on belt drives at the mine, according to a Nov. 20 news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky.

Trump appointee calls for more robust policies promoting carbon capture research

Supportive government policy can help with the development of carbon capture, use and storage technology, according to a Trump appointee in the U.S. Department of Energy.

"These technologies when coupled with supportive policies can significantly reduce carbon emissions from traditional fossil fuels," Steven Winberg said Nov. 28 at an event on the status of carbon capture in 2017 in Washington, D.C. Winberg was confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote Nov. 2 as assistant secretary of energy for fossil energy.

More robust research and development policies for carbon capture, use and storage, or CCUS, technology will drive the cost down and help support the development of supply chains, commercial infrastructure and private investment, he said.