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HBO Loses Motion to Move Murray Energy Suit to Federal Court

A federal court judge in West Virginia has agreed with Murray Energy (MEC) in its defamation case against Home Box Office Inc. (HBO) and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” host John Oliver to send the case to a lower state court for review. The judge rejected HBO’s motion to move the case to federal court. The case was remanded to the Circuit Court of Marshall County.

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Judge Rules Against Signal Peak Expansion

A U.S. District Court judge invalidated a proposed expansion of Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountains mine because he said the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) did not adequately consider the climate impacts. Judge Donald W. Molloy of the District Court of Montana reportedly barred mining in the proposed expansion area, located south of Roundup, Montana.

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Feds Further Fund REEs-From-Coal Tech Research

The federal government announced Wednesday, August 16 $17.4 million in possible funding for research into technologies that extract rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal waste. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects to potentially receive the funds to test plans and designs made with the help of a previous phase of DOE grant money. 

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Contura Withdraws IPO

Contura Energy has withdrawn the initial public offering (IPO) of its shares of common stock due to capital market conditions. The company’s principal selling stockholders unanimously determined that proceeding with the offering under current market conditions would undervalue the company. 

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Cloud Peak Hosts EPA Administrator Pruitt

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt visited the Cloud Peak Energy’s headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado, to discuss the agency’s priorities and steps taken during the first six months of the administration and also to hear how the end of the former President Barack Obama administration’s “war on coal” has positively impacted coal jobs and the outlook for the industry. 

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