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Arch Resources Winding Down Massive US Coal Mine as Customer Base Dwindles

The owner of the second-largest coal mine in the U.S. by production volume is planning for the asset's closure as retirement dates approach for several plants that burn much of the mine's fuel.

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Why is Mexico Returning to Coal?

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has bucked all convention as he tries to make good on his campaign trail promise to establish a norm of energy sovereignty for his country.

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Phillips Global to Play a Major Role in the Coal Industry

Long-time well-known mining machinery company, Phillips Global, is ready to serve the coal industry again and in a big way.

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US Coal Show (formerly Longwall USA) Cancelled While MINExpo® Proceeds

This week, Mining Media International Inc. (MMI) announced it has canceled the US Coal Show (formerly known as Longwall USA) which was scheduled to take place May 4-6, 2021 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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China's US Coal Imports Jump 748% in Q4'20 Amid Australian Trade Dispute

China emerged as one of the top importers of U.S. coal in the fourth quarter of 2020 as the country banned Australian coal from entering its territories amid diplomatic tensions.

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AUCTION NOW OPEN - Start Bidding the SME Auction today!

Join us for the livestreamed raffle on Friday, March 5th at 1:00 pm MST on SME’s Facebook page.

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Caterpillar Mining to Present Technical Papers, Highlight Latest Equipment and Technology Advancements at SME's MINEXCHANGE 2021

A long-time supporter of SME, Caterpillar and its dealer, Wagner Cat, are primary sponsors of the MINEXCHANGE, which brings together the brightest minds in the mining industry to discuss critical topics and trends.

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WV Coal Association Intervenes in AEP Rate Case to Keep State Coal-Fired Power Plants Operating

“These plants have provided the state and region an enormous infusion of tax dollars and revenues for decades and more importantly keep thousands of West Virginians gainfully employed,” said Chris Hamilton, President of the West Virginia Coal Association.

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Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2020

This report presents the results of the Fraser Institute’s 2020 annual survey of mining and exploration companies.

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Cerrejon's Coal Exports Recover in January

Colombian mining firm Cerrejon's coal exports jumped by more than 50pc on the month in January, as the firm continued to ramp up production following a three-month strike over September-November.

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Innovative Mining Leaders Take the Stage for Austmine 2021

Harnessing Intelligence Mining Innovation Conference & Exhibition is set to open the stage to a host of high-calibre guest speakers, including David Moult, who took on the role of CEO at Yancoal in March 2020.

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Liebherr Mining Establishes a Simulation on Agreement

Through this agreement Liebherr Mining will provide confidential technical information, and subject matter expertise to ThoroughTec during the design, development and testing of new Liebherr mining equipment simulators.

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Australia: Anglo American Withdraws Moranbah North Staff

Diversified miner Anglo American has undertaken the controlled withdrawal of staff at its Moranbah North coal mine, in Queensland, Australia following a change in underground conditions.

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Bogota Plans Green Tax on Coal-Fired Generation

The Colombian government will propose a new carbon tax on coal consumption in the power and industrial sectors, according to coal federation Fenalcarbon's new president, Carlos Cante.

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Will Texas Blackout Offer Coal a Lifeline?

Texas' electric grid buzzes with contradiction. It is simultaneously the dirtiest power system in the country and the leading generator of renewable power.

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US Coal Exports Drop 7% YOY in Q4'20

U.S. coal shipments to some of the country's top importers increased significantly in the fourth quarter of 2020, with China recording a triple-digit uptick amid its escalating trade dispute with Australia.

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Canadian Mining Industry Has Displayed Stability Amid Pandemic, Says Association VP

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada's mining industry has been a steady ship on the seas of uncertainty, despite their own struggles.

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China Allows Five Cargoes of Australian Coking Coal to Unload After Months-Long Wait

China allowed five cargoes of Australian coking coal to be unloaded last week after a wait of several months, industry sources told Fastmarkets on Monday February 22.

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Green Steel 20 Years Away: BlueScope Steel

Australia-based steel producer BlueScope Steel will begin work on a planned reline of its blast furnace at its 2.1mn t/yr Port Kembla steelworks because it does not believe that low emissions steelmaking technology is advanced enough to offer a viable alt

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Czech Coal Mining Regions Confronted With Hidden Energy Poverty

While Czech coal mining regions supply heat and electricity to the whole country, local people are often unable to afford heating their own homes, researchers say.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: February 22, 2021

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending February 19, 2021.

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MSHA Fatality Alert for February 8, 2021

On February 8, 2021, a miner was fatally injured when he became entangled in a fluted tail pulley while attempting to shovel under an adjacent fluted tail pulley.

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NMA Opposes Unnecessary Arizona Land Withdrawal

NMA today issued the following statement opposing legislation introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the “Grand Canyon Protection Act” H.R. 1052, which will be brought to the floor this week as part of the public lands package.

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UN Frightening Report Debunked

The United Nations has issued a 168-page report calling for a total transformation of society. The report calls for a dramatic reduction of individual freedom in favor of government, particularly UN control, all in the name of "science."

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Russia: Solntsevsky Coal Mine Welcomes Hydraulic Excavator

A new hydraulic excavator Komatsu PC-2000 with a bucket volume of 12 m3 has been put into operation at the Solntsevsky coal mine. This is the seventh machine of this modification, which has begun work at the key mining asset of the Eastern Mining Co.

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Allegiance Raises Cash for New Elk

ASX-listed Allegiance Coal has raised A$15-million through a private placement to sophisticated and professional investors, to fund refurbishment activity at its New Elk coal mine, in Colorado.

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Court Approves New Union Agreement With Bankrupt Coal Firm

The new deal will mean about two dozen union workers could be rehired to complete reclamation, or cleanup, at Decker coal mine near the Montana border.

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Anglo American Suspends Operations at Moranbah North Coal Mine on Safety Concerns

Operations at Anglo American's Moranbah North coking coal mine in Queensland, Australia, is suspended on safety concerns following detection of a gas leakage, the company said in a statement Feb. 22.

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Caterpillar® Celebrates 50 Years of Manufacturing in India

The company has a long history of equipping its machines with leading-edge technology to increase the safety, productivity and efficiency of its operational sectors.

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Russian Scientists Significantly Improve Coal-Burning Efficiency

A team of Russian scientists from NUST MISIS, Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and Boreskov Institute of Catalysis has suggested a new approach to modifying the combustion behavior of coal.

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China Allows Five Cargoes of Australian Coking Coal to Unload After Months-Long Wait

China allowed five cargoes of Australian coking coal to be unloaded last week after a wait of several months, industry sources told Fastmarkets on Monday February 22.

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West Virginia Energy Industry Reps React to Tiered Severance Tax Proposal

One element of the plan to eliminate West Virginia’s income tax outlined by Gov. Jim Justice during his State of the State Address is to create a tiered system for severance taxes.

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UMWA - Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial

The Blair Centennial team recently released a lineup of events to take place in lead up and during Labor Day Weekend, all of which are dedicated to commemorating the centennial of the Battle of Blair Mountain.

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DTE Energy 2021 Coal Purchase Commitments Below Year-Ago Levels

DTE Electric, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, said it has purchase commitments for approximately 77% of its expected coal requirements for 2021, down from 99% in the same period a year ago for its 2020 purchase estimates.

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China's Energy Agency Rocked by Coal Power Report

After years of complaints from environmental advocates, China seems to be headed for an interagency showdown over the construction of new coal-fired power plants.

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Chinese Coal Pingshuo Starts its Autonomous Fleet Journey With Tests at Antaibo on NHL Trucks With VIPioneers Technology

In late 2020, China Coal Pingshuo Group Company organized relevant personnel in a project to conduct a phased acceptance trial with a single intelligent driverless truck at the Antaibao open-pit mine in a dedicated testing area.

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Coal Production From Top Northern Appalachia Mines Drops 25% in FY'20

Production at the top coal mines in the Northern Appalachian basin of the U.S. during the last quarter of 2020 fell short of the full-year 2019 totals but increased quarter over quarter, according to an analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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Standing United, Living Divided: Black Coal Miners and Their Fight for Justice

At the start of its statehood coming out of the Civil War, West Virginia experienced a coal boom like no other. With that, came a high demand for men willing to go underground.

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Why the Power in Tennessee Stayed on While Texas, Arkansas Had Rolling Blackouts

While the unprecedented winter storm that continues to grip much of the U.S. and the Mid-South has left millions without power, Tennessee was able to avoid these extended outages and rolling blackouts.

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FERC Nixes Trump-Era Grid Resilience Proceeding Amid Storm Probe

FERC has voted to end a long-running grid resilience proceeding initiated under the Trump administration, with one commissioner dissenting and three others issuing concurrences amid a historic Arctic storm that left millions of Texans without power.

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Kentuckys Asks for Emergency Hearing to Address Imminent Danger at Blackjewel Mine

The state of Kentucky requested an emergency hearing on bankrupt coal company Blackjewel’s failure to clean up its Bell County mine, which they warned could cause imminent danger to the health and safety of nearby citizens.

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How Wind Power Caused The Great Texas Blackout Of 2021

The State of Texas is suffering from a catastrophic power grid failure that’s left 4.3 million homes without electricity, including 1.3 million homes in Houston, the country’s fourth-largest city.

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When the Windmills Freeze in Texas, Coal Keeps the Lights On

In Texas, the wind turbines are frozen. Natural gas supplies are low. And multiple power plants are off-line due to recent snow and ice storms.

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VCEDA Board Honors Retiring Member

Outgoing Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) board member Harry Childress was recognized for his service to the VCEDA board and Southwest Virginia at the Feb. 18 meeting of the board.

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Biden Appoints Jennette Galanis as Acting Head of MSHA

President Joe Biden on Feb. 1 named Jeannette Galanis acting assistant labor secretary for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which is awaiting the president’s nomination for a permanent leader.

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Mexico's Ahmsa Loses 20,000 mt Liquid Steel Due to Energy Cutbacks

Mexican integrated steelmaker Altos Hornos de México, or Ahmsa, said it has lost about 20,000 mt of liquid steel after halting iron ore and coal mining operations due to a lack of electricity and natural gas supply from the US.

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Baker Hughes Signs Agreement to Acquire ARMS Reliability

Baker Hughes is acquiring ARMS Reliability, a leading global provider of reliability solutions to some of the world’s largest industrial companies across a wide range of industries including mining, oil and gas, power, manufacturing, and utilities.

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Ramaco Resources, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Ramaco Resources, Inc. has reported a quarterly net loss of $4.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share for the three months ended December 31, 2020, as compared to net income of $1.9 million or $0.05 per diluted share for the three months ended December 31,

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Automated Conveyor Belt Cleaner Tensioner Reduces Maintenance and Guesswork

By utilizing Martin Engineering’s intuitive new smart technology platform to maintain proper blade-to-belt pressure, the N2® TwistTM Tensioner provides the best possible cleaning performance throughout the life of the blade.

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Mining M&A in 2020 — Deal Activity Bounces Back in H2 After Disrupted H1

The deal value of mining industry M&A in 2020 declined by almost one-third year over year — mostly due to the pandemic's disruption of normal activity in the first half — including a 17-year low in the number of base metals deals.

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China May Ban Rare Earth Technology Exports on Security Concerns

China may ban the export of rare-earths refining technology to countries or companies it deems as a threat on state security concerns, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Russia: VGK Mines 1 Million t of Coal at Solntsevsky Coal Mine

Vostochnaya Mining Co. has produced 1 million t of coal since the beginning of the year at the Solntsevsky coal mine, a key production asset located in the Uglegorsk region.

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UK: North East Marks the End of an Era as the Last Ever Shipment of Coal Sails From the River Tyne

The North East will mark the end of an era on Thursday as the last ever shipment of coal sails from the River Tyne.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production report: February 18, 2021

EIA has updated the Weekly Coal Production report for the week ending February 13, 2021.

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University of Kentucky Conducts Pilot-Scale Testing for REE Extraction

Initial operation of the pilot-scale plant’s chemical processing system used a liquid solution produced from an outdoor heap leaching test cell.

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The Coal Industry Is Doubling Down Against Biden’s Climate Agenda

As a huge winter storm knocked out power for millions of people in Texas, a group representing the coal industry saw an opportunity. “Houston, we have a problem,” the organization Friends of Coal wrote on Facebook.

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Left Spins as Texas Turbines Freeze

Green energy policies have failed Texas. Power outages, in large part caused by frozen wind turbines and snow covered solar panels, are still keeping nearly 500,000 Lone Star residents freezing in the dark.

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England: Last Coal Shipment Leaves River Tyne

What is thought to be the last shipment of coal from the North East of England is set to leave the River Tyne later.

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Coal Output Declined 14.3% at Top 25 Central Appalachian Mines in 2020

Coal production at the top 25 mines in the Central Appalachian basin of the U.S. held steady during the fourth quarter of 2020 while output slumped for the full year, according to an analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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Texas Blackouts Highlight Need to Rely on Gas, Coal and Nuclear Energy

Wind and solar can certainly contribute to the nation’s power grid. But smart future planning dictates that coal, natural gas, and nuclear power will still be needed to help with the heavy lifting during uncooperative weather.

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West Virginia Rep. David B. McKinley To Continue Fight for Fossil Fuels

U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley wonders what will happen to communities such as Cadiz if gas, coal and fossil fuel production is stopped by Biden administration policies.

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Supporting Women in Mining

Women in Mining UK is providing a scholarship for two years to support women on the Metals and Energy Finance MSc course.

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Adding Copper Salts to Coal May Increase Combustion Efficiency

Russian scientists published a study where they propose adding copper salts to coal products to modify the fuel’s combustion efficiency.

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Virginia Bill to End Coal Subsidy Programs Passes Both Chambers of Legislature

Legislation to end two coal subsidy programs passed the Virginia Senate Wednesday and will head to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk for his signature as the state continues to move away from carbon-producing energy sources in favor of green energy.

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With US Coal Jobs Decimated, Groups Look to Biden to Aid Regional Transition

From the fourth quarter of 2016 through the fourth quarter of 2020, quarterly average coal employment and production across the U.S. fell 25.2% and 34.0%, respectively.

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Ramaco to Open Two US Coal Mines

Kentucky-based coal miner Ramaco Resources is bringing two metallurgical coal mines into production this year which will increase its output capacity by 50%, adding nearly one million tonnes to its annual count.

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HMRA National Mine Rescue Contest Survey

The 2021 Unified National Mine Rescue Contest is tentatively scheduled for the week of August 30, 2021, in Lexington, KY.

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German Coal-Fired Output Back Under Pressure

Generation from German coal-fired plants has remained firm this month, supported by higher demand and below-average wind. But forecasts for milder weather combined with high CO2 prices have pushed more coal out of the forward market for March.

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Banks' Fossil Fuel Exposure Criticized as South Africa Plans Just Transition

South Africa's major banks need to improve transparency around their financing of fossil fuel industries, according to industry observers, who describe the current disclosures as "trivial" and "not meaningful."

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India Expands Coal Block Auction Pool

India has added 11 coal blocks to its next auction round for commercial mining, as the country intensifies efforts to develop domestic reserves to lift local output and reduce imports.

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Texas Freeze Shuts Down Renewable Power

Texas is experiencing a serious deep freeze which is causing people to lose power.

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West Virginia Economy Will Take a Long Time to Recover

West Virginia’s economy is still feeling the effects of the coronavirus, and it is going to be a while before the state is fully back to pre-pandemic levels.

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Longwall Mining Project Continues

It’s become an annual occurrence for travelers along Interstate 70 at the West Virginia-Pennsylvania state line to encounter single-lane traffic and orange barrels as part of Tunnel Ridge LLC’s longwall mining project.

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Australia's Whitehaven Coal Optimistic for January-June

Australian producer Whitehaven Coal expects a profitable January-June after slipping to a loss in July-December, with high-grade thermal coal in short supply and coal loading problems at the Newcastle coal terminal under control.

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ABMEC Strengthens Collaboration With CIS Networking Group

ABMEC, the only association representing the British mining supply chain, has forged a collaboration with the Coal Industry Society (CIS) Networking Group, by agreeing to carry out the group’s administrative services.

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India's December Coking Coal Imports at Record High

India's coking coal imports rose to a record high in December as buyers restocked aggressively amid competitive offers from Australia in the absence of Chinese demand.

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New Company, Phillips Global, is Formed from the Acquisition of Phillips Machine of Beckley, WV by The Baughan Group

The Baughan Group has announced that it has completed the purchase of the assets of Phillips Machine of Beckley, WV.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: February 16, 2021

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending February 12, 2021.

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Ramaco Resources, Inc. Announces Opening of Two New Mines and Increase of Production Capacity by 50%

Ramaco Resources, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors approved expenditure for opening two new mines.

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Turbines Blades Could End Up In Coal Pits

The slow, steady turning of thousands of wind turbines continues to pace a revolution in the U.S. domestic energy generation portfolio, or perhaps millions of small revolutions.

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Eriez® Announces Sales Representative Advanced Control Electronics as its Inaugural APAC Merwin Award Winner

This award is presented to recognize outstanding sales, service and support for Eriez in the APAC region.

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Germany's Green Energy Failure: Germany Turns Back to Coal and Natural Gas as Millions of its Solar Panels are Blanketed in Snow and Ice

Energiewende is a German word for ”energy transition.” Energiewende is a policy launched by the German government in 2000 to decarbonize its primary energy supply.

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A Fuel Security Crisis in Texas

The Texas grid is hanging on by a thread. Historic, freezing temperatures are wreaking havoc across the state.

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Coal, CO2 and The Human Environment: Changing the National Climate Dialogue

On this week’s Sunday night CBS 60 Minutes show, Anderson Cooper interviewed Gates, most of which focused on climate change and his clean tech fund.

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Rolling Texas Blackouts: 2 Million Without Power Statewide as Multiple Power Sources Trip Offline

About 2 million homes statewide were without power Monday as the Texas electric grid grappled with a diminished supply of energy in the face of the lowest temperatures the state has seen in three decades.

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Energy Policy Debates Heat Up For Politicians as Texas Freezes and Power Outages Span the State

Texas politicians and political groups sparred over power in politics Monday, seizing the opportunity to debate energy policy as power outages swept through the Lone Star State.

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MC Mining Appoints Interim CEO

MC Mining Ltd confirms that, further to its announcement of December 7, 2020, the recruitment process for a replacement permanent CEO is at an advanced stage and the company anticipates making a further announcement in due course.

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Australia's NCIG Coal Loader Out for 6-12 Months

One of two shiploaders at Newcastle Coal Infrastructure's (NCIG) terminal at the port of Newcastle in Australia is likely to be out of action for 6-12 months, Australian rail haulage firm Aurizon said.

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Texas Power Grid Operators Start Rotating Blackouts as State Sets Record High Power Demand

Texas electric grid operators have launched rotating blackouts across the state after power demand reached an all-time high early Monday morning.

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World Coal Market: Brief Overview

Last week, the temporary suspension of coal shipments from the second-largest Colombian producer Cerrejon to the port of Puerto Bolivar as well as low temperatures in several European countries strengthened thermal coal indices in the EU over 67 USD/t.

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Earn PDH Up to 60 Days After SME's Virtual Event!

At the MINEXCHANGE 2021 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 123rd National Western Mining Conference, you’ll receive complete access to the entire technical program, not just during the conference, but for 60 days post conference!

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Mining Execs Got Big Bonuses

Executives of a bankrupt coal firm in the Powder River Basin received more than half a million dollars in bonus payments in the year leading up to the company’s bankruptcy filing, court documents reveal.

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Pakistan: Coal Or No Coal?

Thar coal reserves can provide Pakistan with the requisite energy security that is needed to sustain growth and development.

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Mexico Was Once a Climate Leader - Now It's Betting Big on Coal

As the climate crisis worsens, Andrés Manuel López Obrador plans to buy nearly 2m tons of thermal coal from small producers.

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Wielding a Deciding Vote in Senate, Joe Manchin Brings Appalachian Energy to Climate Debate

Joe Manchin, Appalachia’s loud and proud native son on Capitol Hill, insists it is possible to both advocate for the fossil fuel industry and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey: Quietly Driving Economic Development and Innovation

There are nine agencies within the West Virginia Department of Commerce, ranging from the Division of Natural Resources to the Division of Rehabilitation Services.

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Coal Rescues U.S. Power Grid During Polar Vortex

Another winter, another cold snap. Right now, much of the United States is feeling the chill of a brutal “Polar Vortex.”

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Commercial Carbon Capture And Use Takes A Step Forward With Carbon Clean

The US Department of Energy has awarded a grant to RTI International, CEME, Carbon Clean and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to jointly work on development of a CO2 capture system and commercially viable carbon utilization solution.

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Several Thermal Power Plants Restarting in Japan After Quake Shutdowns

Several thermal power plants in northeastern Japan are being restarted after shutdowns from a magnitude 7.3 earthquake offshore Fukushima on Feb. 13, alleviating immediate electricity supply concerns in the region.

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Construction Resumes at Indonesian Coal Power Plant

Construction of a new 400MW coal-fired power plant in Indonesia's Aceh regency has resumed after being halted early last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Uinta Basin Coal Production Decreases 3.6% YOY in Q4'20

Coal production in the Uinta Basin decreased 3.6% year over year to 5.6 million tons in the fourth quarter of 2020 against a more drastic 14.3% drop in full-year production.

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Mine Roof Falls Recorded as Earthquake in Southwest Virginia

What was originally classified as an earthquake in Richlands, VA has been reclassified as a as series of mine collapses.

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Biden Aims to Isolate China on Coal - But It Could Blow Back on the U.S.

President Joe Biden’s plan to halt U.S. funding for overseas fossil fuel projects will turn the global spotlight on China for bankrolling coal projects around the globe.

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What's in Store for Wyoming Coal Under Biden's Executive Orders?

Wyoming’s coal industry has seen better days. In a span of less than three months, two Powder River Basin coal mines announced plans to close due to worsening market conditions. Coal production in last year’s final quarter dropped 22% across the basin.

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Canadian Oil Money Can Still Flow Without the Keystone XL Pipeline

The American portion of the Keystone XL pipeline was cancelled by President Biden on his first day in office because his position on leaving the pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with the Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.

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A Dozen Power Plants, Refinery Shut in Japan After Strong Earthquake

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake offshore Fukushima has shut a dozen coal and gas-fired power plants in northeastern Japan, triggering Tohoku Electric to secure electricity supply from other power utilities to ensure its power supply.

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Innovative Wireless Technologies, Inc. Joins CoalZoom Family of Advertisers

IWT is an engineering-based company that specializes in wireless solutions for commercial and industrial markets, as well as providing engineering and technical consultation to several government agencies and public safety equipment manufacturers.

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Coal Mining is Most Essential for a Strong Nation

Op-Ed featured in Pennsylvania's Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

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Huawei Opens Intelligent Mining Innovation Laboratory in China

Huawei has recently inaugurated the new Intelligent Mining Innovation Lab in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province.

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Smart Policies for Cleaner, Stronger COAL POWER American Coal Council

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a re-assessment of the reliability and resilience of critical sectors of our nation’s economy, including U.S. energy systems.

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Expect Lane Closures as Longwall Mining Under Interstate 70 Resumes

Motorists over the coming weeks can expect to see a section of I-70 narrowed to one lane in both directions near the West Virginia Welcome Cener in Ohio County as Tunnel Ridge Mine will be performing longwall mining.

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Automation Critical to Productive Mining as Mines Deepen, ESG Concerns Grow

Automation and digitalization are critical to the future of mining as mines get deeper, grades decline and mine investors adhere to Environment, Social and Governance principles which have pushed health and safety issues in mining to the fore.

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $100 Million for Transformative Clean Energy Solutions Supporting President Biden's Climate Innovation Agenda

The first of billions of dollars of DOE R&D opportunities to be announced this year, this funding will help identify cutting-edge, disruptive clean energy technologies to address the climate crisis.

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Federal Judge Overturns Trump Administration’s Gutting of Sage-Grouse Protections from Mining

A federal judge today overturned a Trump administration decision to strip protections from 10 million acres, mostly in Nevada and Idaho, to allow mining in vital habitat for greater sage grouse.

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EIA's AEO2021 Shows U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Rising After the Mid-2030s

In its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021), EIA projects that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will decline for most years through the mid-2030s but then begin to rise slightly from the mid-2030s through 2050.

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ArcelorMittal Sees 2021 Global Apparent Steel Consumption to Rise 4.5%-5.5%

ArcelorMittal sees consumption to grow in all its core market as economic activity progressively improved during the second half of 2020 with lockdown measures eased.

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ALLU Group Inc. Announces New Dealer for Tennessee

ALLU Group Inc. has announced Stowers Machinery Corp., headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, as its newest dealer for the full line of ALLU Transformer and ALLU Crusher material processing attachments.

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Weekly US Coal Ship Departures Total 29, Down 10 Carries on Week

Weekly US coal ship departures totaled 29 in the week ended Feb. 6, down 10 from the previous week and down three from the year-ago week, data from cFlow, Platts trade flow software, showed Feb. 10.

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Top 10 Mining Trends in 2021

Now in its 13th year, Deloitte's Tracking the Trends 2021 takes a look at the mining sector and factors for growth and improvement.

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Judge: Trump's Lifting of Mining Ban in US West was Wrong

A federal judge has overturned a Trump administration action that allowed mining and other development on 10 million acres (4 million hectares) in parts of six western states that are considered important for the survival of a struggling bird species.

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Eric A. Lutz Receives SME Research and Educational Excellence Award

Lutz is Director of the International Safety, Health, and Risk Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona.

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Komatsu Commissions Australia's First Tier 4 Final Ultra-Class Haul Truck

In an Australia first, Komatsu has commissioned the inaugural Tier 4 Final version of its 930E-5 ultra-class mining truck in Australia.

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Coal Comfort: Total Collapse in Wind & Solar Output Leaves Freezing Germans Desperate for Coal-Fired Power

Germany’s held up as the world’s wind and solar capital. But, at the moment, the ‘green’ stuff can’t be purchased, at any price.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: February 11, 2021

EIA has updated the Weekly Coal Production report for the week ending February 6, 2021.

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Eriez® Completes Substantial Plant Expansion in Erie, Pennsylvania

Eriez purchased the Wager Road building in 2011. The company broke ground on this latest expansion in January 2020. This project is the largest investment that Eriez has made to date at this facility.

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Sootaway is New Technology that Addresses Fuel Efficiency and Emissions in Coal-Fired Power Plants

ADK GreenTech LLC, based in Munster, Indiana, specializes in green technologies to improve boiler efficiency for U.S. power generation as well as pulp and paper applications.

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Huawei Opens Innovation Lab in China for Coal Mines

The People's Government of Shanxi Province, Huawei Technologies, Jinneng Holding Group, and Shanxi Cloud Era Technology have opened an Intelligent Mining Innovation Lab in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China for coal mines.

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Alabama Coal Association Expands, Rebrands as Alabama Mining Association

Following a vote by its membership, the Alabama Coal Association today announced its expansion and rebranding as the Alabama Mining Association (AMA).

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Prices Hold Steady

US coking coal prices held firm this week, supported by supply tightness and willingness by some Chinese mills to pay a premium to secure Atlantic basin coal.

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Closures, More Volume Declines Hitting Powder River Basin Coal Region in US

A sharp decline in coal demand from the U.S. power sector is wreaking havoc on the Powder River Basin as mine operators in the region scaled back production during 2020 with few indications of improved prospects for volumes.

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As Temperatures Drop, Iowa's Cedar Falls Utilities Relies More on Coal, Gas for Energy

Despite temperatures well below freezing for days in a row, Cedar Falls Utilities’ electric, gas and water distribution is “holding up real well.”

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This Single Number Could Reshape Our Climate Future

The social cost of carbon is the “single most important number that nobody has ever heard of.” In the U.S., it’s about to get much higher.

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Coal to the Rescue Again

The polar vortex is back in all of its frigid fury. On Tuesday, the majority of 10 states woke to temperatures below zero and the bitter cold is here to stay through at least the middle of the month.

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Bill Aims to Strengthen COVID-19 Protection for Mine Workers in Lieu of MSHA Action

A bill introduced by West Virginia’s two U.S. senators and six congressional colleagues would add long-sought COVID-19 protections for miners.

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Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Virginia Coal Exports??

For many years, the most valuable product from Virginia’s coal fields was coking or metallurgical coal that is exported to other countries for use in steel making.

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India's Hindustan Zinc Seeks Imported Thermal Coal

Indian private-sector mining and metals firm Hindustan Zinc is seeking 75,000t of imported thermal coal in a tender that closes on February 15.

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Ballooning Coal Use Sees China's Energy Agency Face Harsh Criticism From the Top

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has been publicly rebuked for failing to stop construction of new coal power plants and not doing enough to promote low carbon energy.

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Peabody Announces Offer To Purchase Up To $22.5 Million In Aggregate Accreted Value Of Its 8.500% Senior Secured Notes Due 2024

The Offer is being made to satisfy the requirements of the indenture for the 2024 Notes.

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CONSOL's CEO Says it's Not About How Much Coal it Mines; It's About the Margins

Coal in northern Appalachia isn’t coming back to pre-COVID levels, CONSOL Energy Inc.’s CEO Jimmy Brock told analysts on Tuesday.

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EIA: US 2021 Coal Production Estimates Rise 9.3% on Year

The US is estimated to produce 589.2 million st of coal in 2021, the Energy Information Administration said in a Feb. 9 report, lowering its monthly estimate for the third straight month by roughly 13.4 million st, or 2.2%, from January.

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CONSOL Energy's 2020 Coal Sales Slump 31.5% on Production Bottlenecks Amid Pandemic

CONSOL Energy reported coal sales of 18.7 million st in 2020, down 31.5% from 27.3 million st sold in 2019, while sales are expected to recover to between 22 million st and 24 million st in 2021, the company said Feb. 9.

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WCA Comments on India Energy Outlook

The World Coal Association acknowledges the ‘India Energy Outlook 2021’ and supports the International Energy Agency’s call to support India in building a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy mix to meet the needs of its growing population.

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Controversial UK Coal Mine Under Review Over Climate Backlash

Construction of a coal mine that threatened UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim to be a world leader in the fight against climate change is under review after growing opposition.

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EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook

Coal’s forecast share of electricity generation rises from 20% in 2020 to 21% in 2021 and to 22% in 2022.

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It's Economics, Not Policy, That's Hurting the Coal Industry

The U.S. coal industry isn’t likely to prosper under the Biden administration, but it wasn’t exactly gangbusters under the previous one either, despite all those promises.

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Grid Busters

Our vital electric grid is under assault by anti-energy zealots in the Biden Administration.

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North Dakota Legislature Looks to Ease Taxes on Coal Industry

Energy is one of the biggest industries in North Dakota, and the Legislature is looking to support the coal industry with House Bill 1412.

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Arch Fast-Tracks Closure of PRB Mines

Arch Natural Resources’ plans to accelerate its exit from mining Powder River Basin coal is coming into more focus as the company already has kicked final reclamation work at its Coal Creek mine into full gear.

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Whitehaven Coal Mine Plan to be Re-Examined by Council

Plans for a controversial coking coal mine in Cumbria have been suspended by the county council.

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Arch Resources Reports Fourth Quarter 2020 Results

Arch Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ARCH) today reported a net loss of $78.5 million, or $5.17 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with a net loss of $8.6 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

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CONSOL Energy Announces Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020

Today, CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CEIX) reported financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

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Alabama Coal Association Expands, Rebrands as Alabama Mining Association

Following a vote by its membership, the Alabama Coal Association on Monday announced its expansion and rebranding as the Alabama Mining Association (AMA).

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DOE Warns on Methane From Coal Mines

Methane emissions from coal mines are likely 50% higher than previously projected and are rising, according to research by the US Department of Energy.

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Biden's Promise for Justice Tested in Tribal Coal Fields

When three 775-foot-tall smoke stacks at the Navajo Generating Station came tumbling down in December, sending plumes of dust into the sky and thundering reverberations off the mesas of the Arizona high desert, it marked the end of an era.

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Canada: Alberta Backs Down on Opening Rockies to Coal Mines

The Canadian province of Alberta on Monday reversed a decision that expanded access to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains for openpit coal mines, but the government allowed exploration for six coal projects to continue in the area.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: February 8, 2021

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending February 5, 2021.

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Chris Hamilton, President, WV Coal Association, Invites V.P. Kamala Harris to West Virginia to Meet Miners

Chris Hamilton, President, WV Coal Association, Invites V.P. Kamala Harris to West Virginia to Meet Miners

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Virginia Will Pay Trillions for Renewable Power

Virginia’s 100% renewables mandate has been estimated to cost its people billions of dollars, but a more realistic estimate is trillions.

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Shaping Future Energy Policy

Coal is a difficult subject to write about in West Virginia despite hard facts that show the industry is declining sharply in the U.S.

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Australia's Finance Body Plans Climate-Risk Rules Release

One of the priorities of Australia's financial regulator this year will be the development of a framework for the assessment and monitoring of climate-related financial risks in the country's financial system.

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China Has Just Launched World's Largest Carbon Market

President Xi Jinping who vowed to adopt more stringent environmental policies as he seeks to temper the hardline stance that dominated previous administrations.

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What Could You Learn in 1 Week? What about 60 Days?

At the MINEXCHANGE 2021 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 123rd National Western Mining Conference, you’ll receive complete access to the entire technical program, not just during the conference, but for 60 days post conference.

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West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey: Quietly Driving Economic Development and Innovation

There are nine agencies within the West Virginia Commerce Department, ranging from the Division of Natural Resources to the Division of Rehabilitation Services.

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How to Lead a Highly Successful Mining Team

What is the secret to leading a successful mining team? Here are 9 things you need to know.

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Australia's Gladstone Ships No Coal to China in January

The Australian port of Gladstone in Queensland did not ship coal to China for a third month in a row in January, with Japan and India taking more coal than average and a shipment heading to Pakistan for the first time since March 2015.

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Yancoal's Moult to Talk to METS Supplier Relationships at Austmine 2021

The Austmine 2021: Harnessing Intelligence Mining Innovation Conference & Exhibition is set to open the stage to a host of high-calibre guest speakers, including Yancoal’s recently appointed CEO, David Moult.

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Indonesia Sets February HBA Thermal Coal Price 16% Higher on Month Amid China Demand

Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources set its February thermal coal reference price -- also known as Harga Batubara Acuan, or HBA -- at $87.79/mt, up 16% on month and up 33% on year, a ministry spokesman said Feb 8.

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MSHA: Central Appalachia Coal Production Drops to Over 37-Year Low in 2020

Coal mines in Central Appalachia produced over a 37-year low 46.04 million st in 2020, down 36.7% from 72.7 million st produced in 2019 and the lowest on record, dating back to 1984, according to US Mine Safety and Health Administration data.

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US Coal Exports Fall to Four-Year Low in 2020

US coal exports fell to a four-year low 62.66 million mt in 2020, down 25.6% from 84.23 million mt exported in 2019 and the second-lowest figure in the last 11 years, only higher than the 54.68 million mt shipped out in 2016, according to US Census Bureau

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$194.55 Million in Sales Expected for Warrior Met Coal, Inc. This Quarter

Three analysts have provided estimates for earnings, with the lowest sales estimate coming in at $164.04 million and the highest estimate coming in at $240.20 million.

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Canada: Unexpected Discovery Excites Cape Breton Mining Community

Construction crews in Cape Breton recently unearthed coal mining cars dating back nearly 100 years. With the rare find, many people in the area hope the carts are saved to preserve the region's rich coal mining history.

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Energy Poverty Threatens Czech Coal Mining Regions

Czech coal mining regions are providing the whole country with heating and electricity. Meanwhile, local people cannot afford to heat their own homes.

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Chris Hamilton, WV Coal Association President, Outlines His Priorities in CoalZoom Interview

Interview with Chris Hamilton, President of the West Virginia Coal Association.

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Help Spread an Awareness of the Importance of Mining

In an SME Community post during 2018, SME President John Mansanti asked for your help in increasing Public Awareness of the Importance of Mining. In January 2020, Hugh Miller, 2019 SME President, sent an email to all SME members with a similar request.

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Virginia House, Senate Pass Bills to Eliminate Costly Coal Tax Credits

Legislation passed this week to eliminate the controversial coal tax credits, making it all but certain that the costly business incentive will end after attempts in past years to retain it as a financial lift for far Southwest Virginia.

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2030 is the New 2050: Utilities Pressured to Hasaten Decarbonization Goals

With an increasing number of electric utilities setting aspirational midcentury decarbonization goals that lack enforceable milestones, environmental groups are training their sights on a closer target: the year 2030.

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Decker Coal Mine Ceases Mining, Disputes Employee Benefits

A Powder River Basin coal mine has closed down for the first time in modern history. At the end of January, Decker Coal ceased mining in Montana after the owner of the mine filed for bankruptcy late last year, according to court documents.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Low-Volatile Demand Eases

Prices for low-volatile coal softened further because of uncertainty over China's restrictions on Australian coal, while the high-volatile coal segment continued to be supported by tight availability for the second quarter.

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Debt Restructuring Eases Pressure on Peabody, Which Lost $1.9 Billion in 2020

A recently completed effort to reduce short-term debt and new agreements with its reclamation surety bond holders has eased some financial pressure and given Peabody Energy Corp.

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Australian Coal Exports to China May Remain Weak

Australian exports of thermal and coking coal to China may remain weak for the foreseeable future, according to Australia's central bank, because of Beijing's import restrictions as trade relations between the two countries deteriorated last year.

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SunCoke Energy, Inc. Announces Strong 2020 Results Above Expectations And Provides Full-Year 2021 Guidance

Revenues decreased $87.1 million and $267.3 million for the fourth quarter and full-year 2020, respectively, primarily reflecting lower sales volumes in both Domestic Coke and Logistics segments.

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South32's Australian Coking Coal Expansion Rejected

Australia-based mining firm South32's proposed A$956mn ($726mn) expansion of its Dendrobium coking coal mine has been rejected by the state's independent planning body ass that the development could have a detrimental impact on drinking water supply.

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Climate Change: Boris Johnson Risks Humiliation Over Coal Mine

The leading climate scientist James Hansen has warned Boris Johnson that he risks “humiliation“ over plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria.

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Court Rejects Montana Coal Mine Expansion

A U.S. District judge dealt another setback to the beleaguered Spring Creek coal mine, saying federal officials failed to consider how an 1,100-acre expansion would harm the climate.

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Federal Judge Blocks Expansion of Montana's Largest Coal Mine

A federal judge blocked a proposed expansion of Montana’s largest coal mine, the Spring Creek mine near Decker, ruling that the federal government failed to properly consider the harm that pollution from the mine could cause.

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$1.8 Billion in Losses, 2,000 Jobs Cut. St. Louis Coal Giant Peabody Reports Red Ink, Again

Peabody Energy reported on Thursday $1.8 billion in losses last year and said it had cut 2,000 jobs, as the world’s largest private-sector coal company reeled from the combined effects of reduced energy demand and the continued decline of coal.

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Canada: Kenney Defends Rocky Mountain Coal Mining, Suggests City People Don't Respect Coal Miners

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is defending his policy change allowing open-pit coal mining in the Rocky Mountains, suggests people who live in cities don't respect coal miners. Several local towns are opposing Kenney's plan.

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SCCL Plans to Mine 70 MN Tonnes Coal in 2021-22

The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd has fixed a target of mining 12.39 million tonnes of coal during February and March months of this financial year, at an average of 2.1 lakh tonnes a day as the consumption of coal by the industry is reaching normalcy.

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Prodeco to Relinquish Colombian Mining Contracts

Switzerland-based Glencore said that its Colombian coal mining firm Prodeco will begin the process of handing its mining contracts back to the government, as it remains uneconomic to restart operations.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: February 4, 2021

EIA has updated the Weekly Coal Production report for the week ending January 30, 2021.

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Dr. Birol’s Most Vital, Most Critical Technology

For any “Groundhog Day” fans, watching Dr. Fatih Birol testify before Congress catches us all in a Bill Murray moment.

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North Dakota Lawmakers Look to Buoy Coal With Relief Bills

The arrival of the new, climate-focused Biden administration and a ticking clock on the lifespan of Coal Creek Station, which is slated for closure next year, have lent new urgency to coal policy this session.

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Bankruptcy Court Ruling Against CONSOL a Victory for Former Murray Energy Miners, Retirees

UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts issued a statement today regarding the bankruptcy court ruling against CONSOL.

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Xylem Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Earnings

Xylem Inc. today reported fourth quarter revenue of $1.37 billion, and full-year 2020 revenue of $4.88 billion, exceeding expectations on strengthening end-market performance, despite COVID-19 related impacts.

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The UK Stands By Its Controversial Coal Mine Decision

Despite pressure from the UK’s climate change advisors, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office says it will not intervene in Cumbria County Council’s decision to approve the country’s first new deep coal mine in 30 years.

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Peabody Reports Results For Quarter And Year Ended December 31, 2020

Peabody today announced its fourth quarter 2020 operating results, including revenues of $737.2 million.

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Lawmakers Back Temporary Tax Relief for North Dakota Coal Plants

A panel of lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a plan to offer temporary tax relief to North Dakota’s coal-fired power plants, which are struggling financially amid an influx of natural gas and renewable power to electricity markets over the past

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Link Between Abandoned Coal Mines and Methane Emissions

A new risk factor has been identified in relation to methane levels in the atmosphere – abandoned coal mines. New research identifies form mines as concentrated sources of methane gas release.

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More Delays for Australia's New Hope Coal Mine

Australian coal producer New Hope has warned that it may have to cut more jobs at its 4.8mn t/yr New Acland thermal coal mine.

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Study: China's New Coal Power Plant Capacity in 2020 More Than 3 Times Rest of World's

China put 38.4 gigawatts of new coal-fired power capacity into operation in 2020, according to new international research, more than three times the amount built elsewhere around the world and potentially undermining its short-term climate goals.

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Portraits of Lives Lived With Tradition and Honor

Photographer Dennis Welsh travels to the coal mines of West Virginia to capture the gritty mining industry.

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MSHA: Northern Appalachia Coal Production Falls to Over 37-Year Low in 2020

Northern Appalachia coal production tumbled to 77.95 million st in 2020, down 26.7% from 106.38 million st produced in 2019 and the lowest on record, dating back to 1984, data from the US Mine Safety and Health Administration showed Feb. 3.

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UMWA Calls for COVID Protocols in Coal Mines

The United Mine Workers supports a proposed bill in Congress which calls on the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration to put standards in place to protect the nation’s coal miners from the spread of COVID-19.

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Virginia Governor Announces Fourth Round of Funding for Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Project Grant Program

$10 million will support economic development, renewable energy, and mine reclamation projects in Southwest Virginia.

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Mine Rescue Rules Training

Holmes Mine Rescue Association committees have been working with MSHA for over a year to develop new unified rules for Mine Rescue, Skills, Bench, First Aid, and Technician events.

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The Only Carbon Capture Plant in the U.S. Just Closed

Petra Nova barely made it to its fourth birthday before being shuttered. Last week, NRG Energy, which owns the project, announced that it would be shut down indefinitely.

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Virginia Democrats Vote to Eliminate Coal Tax Credits That Were Created to Help Southwest Virginia

The Virginia House passed a bill Monday that would phase out two coal tax credits that a state investigation recently found generate economic losses for the state.

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Coking Coal Price Rally to Continue While China Curbs Australian Coal Import

Japanese trading house Mitsubishi expects the recent rally in coking coal prices to continue as long as China keeps an unusual suspension of customs clearance of coal cargoes from Australia, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

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CFOAM, LLC Says Mass Production Tests for Coal Byproduct ‘Exceeded Expectations”

CFOAM, a coal byproduct, is traditionally created in an autoclave with much time and expense.

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EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2021 Explores the Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Energy Mix Through 2050

The United States will likely take years to return to 2019 levels of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions following the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy and global energy sector.

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US Hampton Roads Coal Exports Fall to 4-Year Low in 2020

Coal exports out of the terminals in the Hampton Roads region in Virginia dropped to 26.64 million st in 2020, down 20.9% from 2019 and the second-lowest total in the last 13 years, only higher than 21.65 million st in 2016.

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Proposal Would Give Money to North Dakota Coal Plants by Taxing Wind Power

A North Dakota lawmaker wants to impose a new tax on wind farms and give the money to coal-fired power plants in the form of grants.

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Ukrainian Miners Produced 2.7M Tonnes of Coal in January

In January 2021, Ukrainian mining enterprises produced 2,576,551 tonnes of coal, which is 106% of the production plan, the Coal Miners Union of Ukraine reported with a reference to the Energy Ministry.

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It is Time to Engage, Again, on the Social Benefits of Carbon

The clear directive from the President is that all agency actions dealing with fossil energy issues should be made through the prism of CO2 emissions in an effort to minimize such emissions.

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Confused Kamala Harris Warns Of West Virginia’s ‘Abandoned Land Mines’

Kamala Harris reassured West Virginia coal miners that even if their jobs disappear under the Biden administration — and the implication was clear that they would disappear — mine workers could transfer their skills to new industries.

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Mining MSHA – What Operators Should Know About Temporary Reinstatement

Temporary reinstatement proceedings involve cases where a miner has filed a complaint with MSHA stating that they have suffered discrimination and the miner has their position at the mine.

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MSHA ETS Legislation a Critical Tool to Keep Miners Safe

The introduction of the COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act will provide a critical and vitally-needed tool to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 among America’s nearly 200,000 miners employed in the nation’s coal, metal and nonmetal mines.

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Worst-Case Scenario Ice Melt Study Debunked

Melting in Greenland has been going on for centuries. What we’re seeing today doesn’t seem particularly abnormal to many scientists, especially given that sea level rise hasn’t accelerated

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Deloitte Says Closing the Trust Deficity Key for Miners This Year

Consultancy Deloitte has identified the “trust deficit” between the mining industry and its wider set of stakeholders as the central narrative that emerged in its 'Tracking the Trends 2021' report.

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Alpha Appoints Three New Directors, Reaches Agreement with MG Capital on Board Composition

Alpha Metallurgical Resources, Inc. has reached agreement with MG Capital Management, Ltd., a holder of approximately 5.8% of Alpha’s outstanding common stock, on steps to accelerate the refreshment of the Company’s Board of Directors.

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Coal to Exit From US Power System by 2033, Morgan Stanley Says

The fossil fuel will be supplanted largely by renewables, which will supply 39% of US electricity in 2030 and 55% in 2035, according to a report Monday from Morgan Stanley.

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Powder River Basin Coal Production Totals 42.1 Million st, Down 29.6% on Quarter

Full-year production in 2020 was 230 million st, down 21.8% from 2019.

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White House Reached Out to Manchin After Harris' West Virginia Interview

The White House called Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin after Vice President Kamala Harris conducted interviews with West Virginia media, according to a person with knowledge of the conversation.

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Place, Prices, Alternatives Playing Roles in Coal-Fired Generation Retirements

About 225.3 GW of capacity remains operating today, led by Texas, Indiana and West Virginia, and replacing that capacity with low- or no-carbon alternatives by 2050 would likely coincide with declining wholesale power prices

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Perceiving War on Coal, Wyoming House Members Propose Their Own Moratorium in the Fight

When it comes to a push toward renewable energy in west coast states or federal oil, natural gas and coal development policies, there is no shortage of “war” metaphors coming from the mouths of Wyoming’s elected officials.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: February 1, 2021

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending January 29, 2021.

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West Virginia Braces for Biden Climate Change Policies

Joe Biden is following through on his promise to be the climate change president. He has already issued a series of executive orders on the environment and has pledged to achieve a 100 percent clean energy economy with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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MSHA Fatality Alert for January 19, 2021

A miner backed a haul truck to the edge of a dump point that was over steepened by a loader removing material at the bottom of the slope. When the edge of the bank failed, the haul truck traveled backwards and overturned, landing on the roof of the cab.

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Highly-Respected Mining Executive, Thomas Lien, Passes

The Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute with great sadness has announced the passing of Thomas Lien. Tom joined RMCMI in 1983, was the President of the Board of Directors in 1998, and was award the Life Member designation in 2013.

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Curry Supply Company Hires Cory Wilson as Vice President of Operations

In this role, Wilson oversees all elements of the company’s supply chain, manufacturing, and engineering, ensuring that excellence in quality remains central to Curry’s customer value proposition and growth strategy.

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U.K. Government Under Fire From Own Advisor For New Coal Mine Plans

The U.K. government has been criticized by its most senior climate advisor for giving the go-ahead to a new coal mine in the north of England, as the country prepares to host COP26, the United Nations conference on climate change.

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Rebound Continued in the Fourth Quarter 2020 With Sequential Increases to Coal Volumes, Revenues, Net Income and EBITDA

Higher revenues led to increased net income and EBITDA, which rose 28.8% to $35.0 million and 2.1% to $121.4 million, respectively, each compared to the Sequential Quarter.

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Biden’s First Climate Actions Are Missing Coal’s Long Tail

Despite setting an extensive initial climate agenda, by not addressing existing leases, the Biden administration risks leaving billions of tons of publicly owned coal for the taking—and burning.

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Alpha Metallurgical Resources Completes Name Change

Alpha Metallurgical Resources, Inc.,, a leading U.S. supplier of metallurgical products for the steel industry, today announced that it has completed its name change.

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Well-Known Mining Consultant, Ronnie Collins, Passes

William "Ronnie" Collins, 74, of Premier WV, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, KY, after a courageous battle with Covid.

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Cerrejon Coal Shipped to Europe After Mine Reopens

Nearly half of Colombian producer Cerrejon's coal exports were shipped to Europe in December after the firm's mine reopened at the start of the month, following three months of industrial action.

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Australian Mining Jobs Increase in September-November

Employment in Australia's resources sector during September-November last year rose to the highest level in seven years, with coal employment at its highest and record iron ore exports supporting the industry.

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