ITV News: Coal Authority to create single database for safety of old coal tips in Wales. “Information about coal tips around Wales will be put onto a single database to better manage their safety. The Welsh Government said it is part of ongoing work to assess the safety of all tips, following landslides during severe weather in February.”
Energy Post: A blacklist of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers. “Nearly 1,400 new coal power plant developments are planned or under construction in 59 countries that would add 33% to coal power capacity. But the risks of investing in such projects are growing, and many banks and investors are looking to move away from coal. To help them, non-governmental organisation Urgewald has created a database of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers, says Kathy Hipple of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.”
Yale Environment 360: New Mapping Tool Visualizes 30 Years of Mountaintop Removal. “From 1985 to 2015, coal companies blasted an average of 21,000 acres of Appalachian land every year in search of coal — an area about half the size of Washington, D.C., according to a new satellite mapping tool that allows users to track mountaintop removal over the last three decades in 74 key coal-mining counties.”
Mining Review: New Urgewald database reveals world’s biggest coal plant developers. “Previous in-depth research completed by Urgewald played a key role in initiating the coal divestment actions of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund and the insurance corporation Allianz. Currently, over 1 600 new coal plants and units are planned or under development in 62 countries. If built they will add over 840 000 MW to the global coal plant fleet.”
A new map shows where coal ash is stored in the southeastern United States. “The site is populated with data the utilities now are required to provide under the coal-ash rule, along with other publicly available information. Coal ash is the byproduct of burning coal and contains poisonous chemicals such as arsenic, lead and mercury, which are known to cause cancer and neurological disorders.” This one hit home for me, as Duke Energy was fined over $100 million for coal ash spills in North Carolina.
The University of Kentucky has digitized a large collection of information about economic development in Kentucky coalfields. “The newly digitized materials at UK focus on 189 years of economic development in the Eastern Kentucky coalfield from 1788 to 1976…. These collections include the Benham Coal Company records, Wheelwright collection, Sherrill Martin papers, Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company and Lexington and Eastern Railway Company records and the Kentucky Union Land Company records.”