Coal production decline in Powder River Basin may be speeding up

first_imgCoal production decline in Powder River Basin may be speeding up FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Warning bells are ringing across Wyoming’s Powder River Basin that the largest producing coal region of the country is in big trouble.One of the largest players, Cloud Peak Energy, is likely facing bankruptcy. A newcomer to coal country, Blackjewel LLC has struggled to pay its taxes despite increasing production, and the total volume of Wyoming’s black rock that miners are estimated to produce – a number that translates to jobs, state and county revenue — keeps going down.After the coal bust of 2015, when 1,000 Wyoming miners lost work and three coal companies went through bankruptcy, a period of stability settled over the coal sector in Wyoming. The idea that coal would slowly decline, partly buoyed up by the results of carbon research, and just maybe an export avenue to buyers in the Pacific Rim, took hold. Wyoming made its peace with the idea that coal’s best years were likely behind her, but that a more modest future for Wyoming coal, with manageable losses over time, was also likely.That may not be the case.Within 10 years, demand for Powder River Basin coal could fall to 176 million tons, said John Hanou, president of Hanou Energy Consulting and a long-time expert on the Powder River Basin. That figure includes Montana’s production and presumes that coal plants in the U.S. are taken offline as soon as they hit 60 years of age. If Wyoming is lucky and gas prices are high, that count could hold closer to 224 million. Or it could be even worse.Economics could push out existing demand even faster, while wind development going up in the Midwest could eat into Wyoming’s coal market in that region. Natural gas prices, high or low, could alter the rate of change in Wyoming’s coal sector.More: Wyoming coal is likely declining faster than expectedlast_img read more

Anger as North West is neglected from ‘Ability’ funding allocation

first_imgThe Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection this week announced funding of €16 million for 27 projects across Ireland to support young people with disabilities. As the above map shows, there are no organisations above the Dublin-Galway line included in the programme. The 27 projects are set to receive grants of €200,000 – €750,000 for the delivery of the Ability Programme to assist young people in their transition from school to further education, training and employment.Local volunteer groups such as iCARE in Buncrana have expressed their disappointment with the lack of local funding allocations. “Are there no young people with disabilities North of Dublin or Galway? We have lots of young people accessing iCARE and are in urgent need of funding,” a group member commented. Donegal Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said the allocation is a ‘disgrace’ which graphically highlights the state’s neglect of the North West when shown on a map.Speaking today Teachta Doherty said; “We in the North West are acutely aware of the state’s neglect of this region but the graphic doing the rounds on social media is shocking all the same.“Just one allocation of funding was provided north of a line from Dublin to Galway with nothing in Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo or Donegal.“I’m keenly aware that there was a very good proposal made by a group in Donegal that I along with the group and other public reps met the Minister with in the last few weeks. “This announcement will come as a severe blow to the groups in Donegal who have provided services to the people of Donegal without any state support for over a decade.“The Minister must reassess this allocation and ensure that those with disabilities in the North West are not ignored.“Does the government believe that we have no young disabled people in this region?“This is a disgrace and I will be raising it with the Minister when the Dáil resumes next week.”Anger as North West is neglected from ‘Ability’ funding allocation was last modified: June 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ability programmebuncranaDisabilitiesiCAREPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more