February 28, 2012

The Toll on Coal Continues Without End

Ken Silverstein, EnergyBiz


latimes.com

The toll on coal is continuing. This time it is coming from federal prosecutors who are zeroing in on the executives of the former Massey Energy, which owned the West Virginia mine that exploded and killed 29 people two years ago.

A critical question arising from that accident is the long-term effect it is having on coal production and specifically whether it will force regulators to enact stricter laws. Tougher oversight, of course, would tend to require not just more safety standards but also stronger pollution controls, all of which would add costs.

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