July 8, 1993 |
Struggling Westmoreland Coal Co. yesterday lauded an agreement it reached last week with the United Mine Workers of America, saying the new contract would reduce costs for small coal companies and increase competitiveness while protecting union jobs. The Philadelphia mining firm and union representatives hailed the agreement with such enthusiasm that, given the history of labor relations in the coal industry, it was like hearing the Hatfields praise the McCoys. "This contract provides a unique opportunity for labor and management to join in making Westmoreland competitive and returning the company to profitability," said Westmoreland president Christopher K. Seglem.
September 22, 2002 |
Over the last two centuries, abandoned coal mines leaking a toxic mix of sulfuric acid and heavy metals have fouled more than 3,100 miles of Pennsylvania rivers and streams, making them the chief source of water pollution in the commonwealth. Soon, the problem that state officials and environmentalists already describe as "terrible" could get worse, and present Pennsylvania with a grim choice: allow a new tsunami of poisons to contaminate dozens more waterways - or pay tens of millions of dollars a year, every year forever, to control it. "Our streams are in deplorable condition, and they are hardly done paying for the games of the coal companies," State Rep. Camille George (D., Clearfield)
December 27, 2012
Joan Mulhern, 51, a forceful advocate for the environment who lobbied Congress and often rallied public support to sway lawmakers to her cause, died Dec. 18 of liver disease at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Her death was relayed by a sister, Marie Mulhern. Ms. Mulhern had been the senior legislative counsel for Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm, since 1999. She fought repeated attempts by Congress to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act and battled coal companies and government officials over mountaintop-removal coal mining, in which mountains are blasted away to create strip mines.
January 19, 1989 |
It is unconstitutional for local tax assessors to systematically raise values of recently purchased properties while not raising assessments on comparable, unsold properties, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday. However, the justices specifically declined to decide the constitutionality of state laws adopting so-called "welcome stranger" tax policies, such as one enacted in California in 1978. Under the "welcome stranger" method, local officials raise the assessments of recently sold properties according to their market value, but leave intact the low, outdated assessments of comparable properties that were not sold or built upon.
February 28, 2013
Q: Might a company that rakes in a lot of money still be a bad investment? - L.D., Worcester, Mass. A: It's possible. Remember that the money a company takes in (its revenue, or sales) is its top line. Before you get to its bottom line of profits, you have to take out expenses, such as salaries, supplies and taxes. It's critical to know how much (if anything) the company keeps as profit, and whether important numbers, such as sales and profits, are increasing. Arch Coal, for example, has had average annual revenue growth of more than 12 percent over the last five years, and growth has accelerated.
February 22, 1991 |
The FBI and the IRS are seeking detailed financial records from anthracite coal firms affiliated with an association lobbying on behalf of the hard-coal industry. The lobbying group, the Anthracite Industry Association, and its director were named in subpoenas issued in October by a federal grand jury investigating allegations of illegal campaign contributions by the coal industry. In a letter sent recently to executives of coal companies in Schuylkill and Carbon Counties, Wayne R. Gilbert, special agent in charge of the Philadelphia FBI office, asked for all financial records including "copies of checks and relevant documents" related to the Anthracite Industry Association (AIA)
January 3, 2012
By Michael Carroll Pennsylvania's current natural-gas boom reminds me of the notice stamped on the deed of the house where I grew up in Mount Carmel, in the coal region. It warned that the deed did not "include title to the coal and right of support underneath the surface land," that "the owners of such coal may have the complete legal right to remove all of such coal," and that as a result, "damage may result to the surface of the land and any house, building or other structure on or in such land.
November 20, 1993 |
Members of United Mine Workers Local 1980 gathered around the fax machine in their drafty union hall in Crucible, Pa., yesterday awaiting word from Washington that their six-month strike was settled. The fax machine stayed quiet. "Everybody wants an end to this," said Mike Dulik, who is coordinating the strike at the Dilworth Mine, one of more than 70 mines in seven states that has been struck since May 10. About 17,500 miners are idled. Hopes crested late Thursday after negotiators for the UMW and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association (BCOA)
July 18, 1995 |
Bert Dale Holbrook, a 41-year-old coal miner with a seventh-grade education, was going for big money when he sat beside his four-pound file in the workers' compensation hearing room. He was used to the routine. In 1991, he began collecting temporary disability benefits for a back injury. Holbrook, a two-pack-a-day smoker, also received an $11,000 settlement from his former coal company for black lung disease. He had not worked in four years, and now Holbrook's eligibility to bring claims against his old employer was about to run out. So, he had returned to the hearing room, prepared to argue that he was losing his hearing and his back was getting worse.
December 18, 1987 |
The first hint of trouble came as sounds in the night. In the dark, as his family slept, Don Smith heard his house "creaking . . . like an old sailing ship groaning with the waves. " The next day the house, near Ebensburg in Cambria County, began to tip noticeably and the doors jammed. "The only way we could get in and out was through the basement because the front and back doors were stuck," Smith said. By the third day, the shifting ground had wrenched the gas and electric lines from the house and had wrecked the septic system.