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University of Utah looks for new ways to use state’s coal

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah is launching a $1.6 million project to determine the feasibility of turning coal into carbon fiber, a material used in manufacturing of skis, cars and planes. University chemical engineering professor Eric Eddings announced the effort on Wednesday, saying finding a new way to use coal would be both energy and economy friendly. “If we can find an economical way to use coal…

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How coal, energy could tip the scales for presidential candidates in battleground states

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — A national trade organization said Utah is among 13 key battleground states where the bid for the White House should factor in the “political importance” of coal-fired electrical generation and its continuing role in the nation. “It is more than a policy position,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “It…

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My view: Coal not going away anytime soon

By Mark Compton For the Deseret News This letter is in response to the Deseret News editorial of June 30 and their conclusion that “traditional fossil fuel industries find themselves in a state of eclipse.” The editorial implies that because of Oakland’s decision to not allow coal to be shipped through that city and Rocky Mountain Power’s Solar Subscriber Program allowing customers to buy “blocks” of solar power, Utah’s coal…

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Wirth Watching: Baseball Tradition in Utah’s Mining Towns

MAGNA, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Much of our colorful state history was made in mining towns. No mine wanted another one to beat it in production. And no miner or copper worker wanted to take second place to the guy down the road at the next mine. That competition rose to a whole new level each summer on baseball diamonds throughout the state In the old days there was a…

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Governor’s Office of Energy Development Coal Hearing Statement

Governor’s Office of Energy Development Coal Hearing Statement SALT LAKE CITY (May 19, 2016) – Dr. Laura Nelson, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development presented the following statement at the U.S. Interior Department’s coal reform public meeting: “It is no secret that Utah has one of the nation’s best economies and highest qualities of life. Affordable and reliable energy, largely supplied by coal-fired power, plays a crucial…

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Coal Audit Hearing Coming to SLC

By JUDY FAHYS | KUER The U.S. Interior Department has launched a sweeping review of coal mining on federal lands, and next Thursday officials are visiting Salt Lake City to talk about it. Bobbi Bryant-Salvato, who runs a small business in Panguitch, plans to speak at the Salt Palace hearing. She has many concerns she wants to share with the Bureau of Land Management. Among them: that coal-truck traffic on…

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Salt Lake City to host coal reform hearing in May

Amy Joi O’Donoghue | Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is among the battleground locations picked by the U.S. Department of the Interior to garner public input on possible reforms to the federal coal program that could include upping royalty payments assessed to companies and more stringent environmental regulations. The federal agency Tuesday announced a series of public meetings in May and June, with the Salt Palace Convention Center…

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Op-ed: Newspapers decline but oil will be valuable for decades

In its Tuesday editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune questioned whether the state of Utah should focus on the continued development of “waxy” crude in the Uinta Basin. Here is why it is important to have a discussion about this key energy resource. In the last decade of the 20th century, global car sales averaged about 39 million per year. Just over a decade later, in 2013, global car sales had…

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Low oil prices could help improve Utah’s air quality

Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The monumental shifts in the price of oil are already helping to keep cash in motorists’ wallets, but they’re also creating a market change that could ultimately improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. Consider that the use of one 50-car shuttle train carrying Uinta Basin crude oil is the equivalent of removing 200 to 250 heavy-duty trucks off U.S. 40,…

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Oil industry is ‘Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Thinkin’ and Prayin’

  Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Active drilling rigs in the nation’s top 10 oil- and gas-producing counties are down 57 percent over the 2015 average and overall, the U.S. rig count continues to diminish week by week in the face of slumping prices. In fact, a top industry analyst said Wednesday that the current crisis across the industry is worse than what the nation experienced…

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