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Westmoreland’s Bankruptcy Filing Latest Sign of Coal’s Distress

Oct. 9, 2018, 7:19 PM

Westmoreland Coal Co.'s Oct. 9 bankruptcy filing is the latest in a string of coal company stumbles bucking the Trump administration’s narrative of a fossil fuel revival.

With the Chapter 11 filing of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Westmoreland, four of the nation’s top 10 biggest coal providers have now sought bankruptcy protection within the last three years.

“It’s a slow-motion collapse,” said Seth Feaster, a data analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, an energy think tank.

“Over 15 gigawatts of coal capacity are...

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