Jul 182016
 July 18, 2016  Posted by at 9:57 pm environment No Responses »

A coal-fired power plant could become a supplier of both energy and fresh water, instead of a water consumer.

The International Energy Agency Clean Coal Centre (IEACCC) is the world’s foremost provider of information on the clean and efficient use of coal worldwide, particularly clean coal technologies, in a balanced and objective way. The IEACCC is funded by member countries and industrial sponsors, which helps ensure its analysis is impartial. As a citizen of the U.S., which is an IEACCC member country, you can receive reports for free when they become available. Potential water sources for coal-fired power plants by Ann Carpenter is the latest report from the IEACCC and is attached (abstract below). Non-members must wait 6 months or purchase the report if they want it sooner.

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Report Abstract:
Global energy demand is rising, while water is becoming a scarcer commodity in many parts of the world due to overexploitation, droughts, heat waves, and other factors. Meeting the growing demand will place increasing stress on limited fresh water resources. The power generation industry is typically the largest industrial user of fresh water in a country. Consequently, the vulnerability of the power generation industry to constraints in water availability can be expected to increase. Hence non-fresh water sources will become increasingly important. This report examines the availability and use of potential non-fresh water sources in China, India, South Africa, and the U.S.A. These are the four top thermal coal consuming countries in the world. The alternative sources are municipal waste water, brackish and sea water, mine water, produced water from oil and gas wells (including coalbed methane wells), and water extracted from deep saline aquifers during CO2 storage. In certain cases, and with suitable design of the on-site water treatment plant, a coal-fired power plant could become a supplier of both energy and fresh water, instead of a water consumer.

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Sep 232013
 September 23, 2013  Posted by at 4:57 pm environment Comments Off
White Pelicans

Arch Coal is awarded for its commitment to the protection of natural resources.

The National Museum of Forest Service History awarded its 2012 Conservation Legacy Award to Arch Coal, Inc. “in recognition of the coal company’s commitment to the protection of natural resources, wildlife and water quality values during mining and restoration operations.”  Arch is one of the largest mine operators on National Forest System lands. From Wyoming to West Virginia, Arch Coal has made conservation an integral part of its coal mining operations.  At its Coal-Mac property in West Virginia, Arch employees planted more that 1.5 million hardwood and softwood tree seedlings, doubling the number of trees found prior to mining.

At the Thunder Basin National Grasslands near Gillette, Wyoming, miners of Arch’s Black Thunder Mine created Pronghorn Lake on 59 acres of reclaimed lands.  This valuable water source benefits wildlife and migratory waterfowl.

White pelicans find refuge on newly-created Pronghorn Lake in Wyoming.

White pelicans find refuge on newly-created Pronghorn Lake in Wyoming.

To learn more about the recognition of Arch Coal’s conservation efforts, click here.


Oct 282011
 October 28, 2011  Posted by at 4:47 pm environment No Responses »
Sharptail Grouse

Reclaimed lands at North American Coal Corporation’s Freedom Mine make a great home for sharptail grouse. Grouse perform their mating dances on dancing grounds called “leks”. Reclaimed leks were created by carefully landscaping mined land and seeding graded areas to a mixture of native grasses common to the area.

See a video of these grouse performing their mating dance on reclaimed land

The Freedom Mine, located near Beulah, North Dakota, annually produces 15 million tons of lignite coal. Since mining began, more than 12,000 acres have been reclaimed for cropland, native rangeland, and wildlife.

Learn more about land reclamation


Oct 282011
 October 28, 2011  Posted by at 4:45 pm environment No Responses »
Big Sky Mine

On October 18, Peabody Energy earned the 2011 Director’s Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior for outstanding achievement in land and habitat restoration at the company’s former Big Sky Mine in Colstrip, MT. The Director’s Award–the Department of Interior’s highest honor–is presented each year to one coal producer for demonstrating the best environmental practices in the United States. The award was presented at Interior’s Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. government recognized Peabody for using grading techniques to create sustainable watersheds and superior wildlife habitat throughout a 2,200-acre region of gently rolling hills and stream valleys in Montana. The team delivered dramatic improvements to erosion control, rangeland productivity, water supply, and wildlife habitat when compared to native range.

The Interior Department credited Peabody’s team of environmental scientists and operations personnel with establishing a diverse mix of native trees, shrubs, and grasses in the area. This sustainable landscape offers unique ranching and wildlife benefits, supporting livestock and ecologically important species such as the sharp-tailed grouse.

Read the full press release

Oct 182011
 October 18, 2011  Posted by at 1:14 am economy No Responses »

Award-winning coal geologist Maria Mastalerz has found many new ways to use coal. Mastalerz is a research scientist and coal geologist at Indiana University in Bloomington. The Geological Society of America  named her the winner of the 2008 Gilbert H. Cady Award at the age of 51, making her the youngest person ever to receive the award, and only the second woman to be so honored. The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of coal geology.

Mastalerz’s area of expertise is coal petrology, the science that deals with the origin, history, occurrence, structure, chemical composition, and classification of coal. She has conducted research in the sedimentary basins of Poland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Her work on Indiana coals has increased the marketability of some coals for specific purposes, such as using Indiana’s high-volatile bituminous coals for firing coking furnaces in the steel-making process.

“Dr. Mastalerz’s recognition by this prestigious award is a proud moment not only for her, but also for the Indiana Geological Survey and Indiana University,” said John C. Steinmetz, the director of the Indiana Geological Survey. “Her work is critical to the development of cleaner coal technology, which has both economic and environmental benefits for Indiana.”

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Oct 232010
 October 23, 2010  Posted by at 9:39 pm energy No Responses »


The National Coal Council has issued a two-volume report called Coal: America’s Energy Future. At the request of the Secretary of Energy, NCC prepared the report concerning how domestic coal resources can help meet the Nation’s future energy needs. Volume I focuses on several promising clean coal technologies, including coal gasification. Volume II provides a technical overview of clean coal technologies.

Downloadable copies of the reports are available here:
Volume I
Volume II