Coal Mining Faces Devastation From Ken Salazar’s New Edict

Weeks after the infamous BP oil spill in late-April 2010, the Minerals Management Service (MMS), the agency that managed leasing and regulation, was split up into three parts.

Addressing the reorganization, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, said: “We will be able to strengthen oversight of the companies that develop our nation’s energy resources.” He addressed a perceived conflict of interest between departments due to the leasing and regulatory functions being in one agency—one brings in revenue and one regulates (and perhaps punishes) the businesses generating the income.

His mid-May 2010 actions bring his new Secretarial Order to reorganize a different agency into question.

On October 26, 2011, Secretary Salazar signed Secretarial Order 3315 that will consolidate the  within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The Order states that “fee collections” and “regulation, inspection and enforcement, and state program oversight” will now be integrated—the very tasks split out within the MMS reorganization.

Because this new order seems in direct contradiction to the 2010 SO 3299, it raises suspicion as to the true purpose of the agency reorganization—especially since the impacted industry is the administration’s favorite villain—coal.

SO 3315 was announced to the surprise of most in the industry and to those in OSM. Charlie Boddy, a mining and government relations consultant with more than 40 years in the industry and former VP of government relations with Usibelli Coal Mine Inc., said when he first heard the announcement, he thought it was a joke. “It is,” he said, “without a doubt, the most bizarre proposal to come out of the Obama Administration.”

The fact that there was no consultation with the stakeholders, states, or Congress raises additional concerns. If there was a desire to work with the industry, the general belief is that they would have been involved. The order’s surprise element can’t mean good things for coal mining.

On November 4, as a part of a hearing on an investigation into a re-write of the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone Rule, Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) stated: “In addition, we will also discuss the recent Secretarial Order requiring the merger of the Office of Surface Mining with the Bureau of Land Management. A proposal I am deeply concerned about impacting the ability of the nation’s ability to access our vast coal resources. Furthermore there are clear statutory limitations prohibiting the OSM from leasing or promoting coal, which is a key responsibility of the BLM.”

Doc Hastings (R-WA), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement: “I have serious concerns about this Secretarial Order to suddenly and dramatically alter the management of coal mining and the multiple-use of Western BLM lands. The Obama Administration has not made secret its desire to put an end to America’s coal-mining industry, and this appears to be one more step in that direction.”

Because of the “bombshell” nature of the announcement, the administration’s attitude toward the coal industry, the totally different missions of the OSM and the BLM, and the fact that they operate under different specific provisions and acts of Congress, the proposed merger can only be considered suspect.

In an internal memo to the DOI team, Secretary Salazar states: “This integration reflects our ongoing commitment to good government” and claims that it is about “Doing more in a limited budget environment.”

The OSM is a little agency by comparison to the BLM. OSM’s 2011 budget appropriation is about $160 million compared to more than $1.1 billion for BLM. OSM has about 500 employees, compared to 10,000 at BLM. “In the scheme of government fat, OSM is one of the tiniest little targets you can take aim at,” said Kathy Karpan, a former OSM director. “It’s a little, tiny entity that would be lost at BLM.”

Industry sources fear that OSM will be lost inside the BLM and view the move as a way to make coal mining more difficult; to delay permitting. Normally a coal mine can be permitted through OSM in less than a year. Permitting of a hard rock mine through the BLM can take 7-10 years.

The OSM primarily deals with mines on private or Indian lands—mostly in the east. They cooperate with the states. They do regulation.

The BLM primarily deals with federal lands—mostly in the west. They have little experience with private lands or state agencies. They generate revenues.

Like last year’s SO 3310 that circumvented Congress’ unique ability to designate Wilderness Areas by creating a new “Wild Lands” designation, SO 3315 brings authority into question. Insiders believe that a reorganization of this magnitude requires congressional action.

Some industry groups are taking a wait-and-see approach: “It may be a good idea, but no one really knows.” Coal mining companies are still evaluating, but initial reactions are not supportive.

History tells us that we do not need to “wait and see.” The longer there is silence, the harder it will be to reverse the order, which is scheduled to become effective December 1, 2011—following consultation with applicable congressional committees and will remain in effect until “amended, superseded, or revoked, whichever occurs first.”

While this may seem like a little issue in light of all the big problems we are facing in America, it is one more in a string of power grabs designed to take away authority from the states and move it to the federal government—meaning more centralized power. Don’t let them slip it in until “revoked.” Call Congress and stop SO 3315 before it starts.

Ultimately, less coal mining means job cuts, higher electricity prices, and a diminished America.

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Mississippi Power & Southern Company’s FRAUD on Local Radio

I bet this topic will NOT be brought up in Mississippi Supreme court since the Sierra Club is a Non-Government Agency for the United Nations.   My understanding is the Sierra Club is a tool used to put laws into place by bringing litigation to UN connected programs and then settling or causing  decisions to be placed into law moving the Agenda of the UN forward.  We will see.  If they really cared they would demand to have the CO2 controversy proven in court to settle the science.

From Youtube

Mississippi Power‘s CO2 Capturing Lignite Coal Plant in Kemper County is based on FRAUDULENT SCIENCE. My favorite Gulf Coast Morning Radio Show host Kipp Greggory, interviewed former NASA scientist and White House Adviser, John L Casey, Author of COLD SUN. This is a portion of the exchange.
The Space and Science Research Corporation, (SSRC) is an independent scientific research organization in Orlando, Florida, USA. It has become the leading research organization in the United States on the subject of the science and planning for the next climate change to a long lasting cold era especially with regard to alerting the government, the media, and the people of the need to prepare for this new climate era.

Its staff of Supporting Researchers includes some of the world’s best in the fields of solar physics and geology including earthquake science and volcanism.

The SSRC and its President, Mr. John L. Casey, have an established record of accuracy in climate change predictions using the Relational Cycle Theory or RC Theory of climate change, a theory based on solar cycles as the main drivers behind the Earth’s variations in climate.
The Mission of the SSRC Is: To provide an independent un-biased resource for the government, media, corporations, and the people on important areas of scientific research and engineering, especially the science behind the next climate change and measures that can be taken to prepare for it.

WARNING: Lignite Coal Litigation

Here for a video

Lignite Coal Litigation

Retha Colclasure | 11/2/2011

More than 30 million tons of lignite coal are produced in North Dakota every year. That`s enough to generate electricity for more than 2 million people. Much of that coal is sold to Minnesota. But a law in Minnesota makes it nearly impossible for that to continue.

North Dakota attorney general Wayne Stenehjem announced this morning that he filed a lawsuit against Minnesota over its Next Generation Energy Act.

North Dakota is home to the largest single deposit of lignite coal in the world. It`s more coal than a state with fewer than 650,000 people needs, so selling the coal to other states is big business.

“The future of the lignite industry is at stake, because we cannot develop new projects with a law that basically says that they shall decide how many CO2 emissions and what form and what technology should be used,” said John Dwyer, with the Lignite Energy Council.

He`s talking about a 2007 law passed by Minnesota`s state legislature. The Next Generation Energy Act imposes strict restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generated outside of Minnesota but used within the state`s borders.

Note the this CO2 emissions regulations is based on FAKE FALSE science that is now under Inspector General investigation.  here.

WE NEED TO STOP THE EPA THEY ARE DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY for environmentalism religions.

Stenehjem said, “In practical effect, Minnesota has subjected energy projects located out of Minnesota to onerous regulatory burdens.”

Stenehjem says it`s not only burdensome, it`s against the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution. So he filed a federal lawsuit, with the backing of several major coal industries.

“To single out one source of energy over another, particularly in this case, coal, I`ve never fully understood,” added Ron Harper, CEO and general manager of Basin Electric Poser Cooperative.

Stenehjem says North Dakota is a vital source of electricity for Minnesota consumers, and in turn, Minnesota had been a good business partner for the coal industry here. But he says this law gets in the way of that.

Stenehjem says because of the chilling effects of the Act, less coal will be mined in North Dakota causing a detriment to the state`s industry.

Minnesota`s legislature had voted to overturn parts of the act this year, but that was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton. Several exemptions to the law had been made for companies located in Minnesota or owned by Minnesota-based companies.

Mississippi DOE to hold Public Hearing

Don’t Let It All Go Out Of State

Millions of Tons of Lignite to Power Kemper Plant

Sept. 12, 2011, 3 p.m. CDT Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Once Mississippi Power Co.’s generating plant in Kemper County comes online, it will be supported by a large — and eventually, the largest — coal mining operation in the state.

Mississippi Power president/CEO Ed Day says there’s enough lignite coal in east Mississippi to keep the plant running for decades.

Liberty Fuels Co. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of North American Coal Corp. of Bismarck, N.D., will mine the lignite for Mississippi Power.

What a shame a good Mississippi business could not grab this contract.  I hope credible Mississippi businesses will attend the Oct 18 Meeting and get their portion of the Kemper Lignite Gold Rush.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing in DeKalb on Oct. 18 on Liberty Fuels’ permit application.

MDEQ officials said as of Monday they have not received any filings by opponents to the mine. However, they said the opponents may be waiting until the public hearing to speak up. The public comment period began when the public notice began running in newspapers about two weeks and will continue until Oct. 21, the Friday after the public hearing.

The application calls for Liberty Fuels to mine 2 million tons of lignite per year during the first five-year permit. Thereafter, it will mine 4.1 million tons per year through 2052.

“We are pleased and excited about expanding our operations in Mississippi, as it is a great state to do business,” said Tres Tipton, vice president of operations for North American Coal in Mississippi and Louisiana.

The application provides that mining will be conducted on 31,000 acres over 40 years and will include 2,229 acres within the five-year permit area.

The Kemper County operation eventually will dwarf North American Coal’s other Mississippi lignite mining operation in Choctaw County. It was permitted in 1998 and the first coal was mined in late 1999. The Choctaw power plant began operation in 2002 and supplies power to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“It was driven by TVA needing more electricity. They have a 30-year contract to buy all of the power produced,” said Stan Thieling, with MDEQ’s Office of Geology.

He said the Choctaw County operation mines 5,900 acres and produces about 3.5 million tons per year.

Kemper County, he said, “will be the biggest but it will take a few years.”

That’s of no matter to Mississippi Power’s Day.

“The fuel supply from Kemper will be stable and predictable over a 40-year period,” Day said. “We’ll burn four millions tons if lignite a year at full operation. That’s 160 million tons over 40 years. There are four billion tons of lignite in Mississippi. We’re not going to run out of lignite.”

The fuel supply may be stable but the “demonstration” technology may run into snags closing the entire plant down for costly repairs and parts. ( I read this happening to other plants) It is a logical expectation with brand new technology with limited small scale short duration testing .  But you just keep shoveling the positive lignite energy vibes, Mr. Day, because they will remember this article prediction when a filter system fails and everything is at a standstill But there will be a continuous fuel supply.

Mississippi’s deposits of lignite run from the northern counties near Memphis, Tenn., halfway across the border with Tennessee. The deposit area stretches down and curves through the central Hill counties to north Meridian and into Alabama.

Sounds like there may be some transporting fees involved after all, along with some crossing state line taxes and fees.

“It would take a lot of mine to use that up,” said state geologist Michael Bograd.

Bograd and Thieling said there’s lignite in other parts of Mississippi — Natchez, for example — that is located too deep in the ground to be financially viable too mine.

The mine in Choctaw County is a surface mine, as will be the one in Kemper County.

Day said Mississippi Power has located its power plant on the lignite seam.

“We can physically go out and see the lignite and touch it,” Day said.

The 582-megawatt plant near the Liberty community will use a process that converts the lignite coal into a synthetic gas and generates electricity with fewer emissions than existing pulverized coal power plants. The plant is expected to be in operation in 2014.

The mine and plant will employ 300 people.

ONLY 300 PEOPLE?

Day said the plant helps Mississippi Power diversify it fuel portfolio. He said such diversification would be attractive to industrial prospects looking for stable energy costs and prices.

Thieling said Mississippi might have more mines in its future.

“North American Coal has got lots of ideas for Mississippi. We wouldn’t be surprised to see several more mines in the next decade or two,” he said.

Bograd said the mining industry is very heavily regulated. He said the requirements are voluminous and comprehensive and MDEQ is responsible for the state permits the mines and power plants must have.

Mississippi Power Co., http://www.mississippipower.com

MDEQ, http://www.deq.state.ms.us

North American Coal Corp., http://www.nacoal.com

Our Crisis

Their Crisis is Our Crisis.

The largest power plant operator in Texas says it is closing two large coal-fired units in order to meet pending environmental rules and has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to block the rules.

 

This crisis is just the beginning and is a direct result of the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocols.  Kyoto Protocols are a set a rules that countries can optionally follow as a pathway to redistribute wealth from industrialized nations to poor nations.  It is also a method to remove our freedoms, dissolve the Constitution, and give power and property to foreign nations through the smoke screen of environmental issues.  The EPA is a tool of the U.N. The Jan 1st time line comes straight from a foreign entity and the Kyoto Protocols written for the U.N.

We care about our environment, we conserve, an as a nation we have slashed air pollutants from coal plants but it is not really about the environment it is about redistributing wealth, control and power to the U. N.

Why are they closing 2 Lignite coal plants?  Isn’t that an efficient cost-effective way to power?  NO.  That is a lie.  Lignite is just the opposite.  It is dirty coal, and it is very inefficient to burn and very costly to use.

 

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2011/09/12/luminant-sues-epa-says-two-coal-plants-will-close/

 

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