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EIA's Coal Markets Report: March 25, 2019

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending March 22, 2019.

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U.S. Coal Miners are Shoveling More Money Than Ever at Investors

It’s not a great time to be a coal miner, but there’s never been a better time for their shareholders.

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Wyoming Large Coal Mines Likely to Drop Production This Year

Peabody Energy, which operates the North Antelope Rochelle, Rawhide and Caballo mines in Wyoming, is dropping its midrange production expectations by about 10 million short tons, according to the firms’ most recent earnings report.

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Report: Virginia Coal Mining Jobs Increased in 2018

Data from the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy shows there were 2,969 employed coal miners last year, nearly 700 more than in 2017.

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Energy’s Future Is Looking Pretty Sunny

The newly published 2019 U.S. Energy & Employment Report reveals that the fuels and electric-power-generation sectors employ nearly 2 million people.

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China's February Coking Coal Imports From Australia Fall 21%

Australian supplies were at 1.16-million tonnes last month, according to data released by the General Administration of Customs on Monday, compared to 1.47-million tonnes in February 2018.

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NETL's New CO2 Capture Solvents Show Promise

The National Energy Technology Laboratory has developed new pre-combustion solvents that can capture carbon dioxide, and tests indicate these new solvents show more promise than those currently being used by industry.

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Graphene Could Take Southwest Virginia To New Heights As ‘Carbon Valley’

Southwest Virginia’s economy has been based on coal since the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the last few decades, however, the coal-rich rural area has experienced an economic downturn as the U.S. pursues alternative energy resources.

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Westmoreland Resource Partners & Cloud Peak Energy Head-To-Head Contrast

We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

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Lignite Energy Council Meeting Looks at Coal's Future

Brian Davey, CEO of Brown Coal Innovation Australia, and Janet Gellici, CEO of the National Coal Council, will be the keynote speakers when the Lignite Energy Council holds its annual meeting April 24-25 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Coaltrans Cairo: Coal is Not Phased Out in the Middle East

Coal will supply up to 12% of power needed in some Gulf countries by 2050, according to Carbo One Limited.

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England: Spennymoor Community Comes Together to Celebrate Mining Heritage With Football

In England, from coalfield songs to flat caps and banners, the mining heritage of two towns was celebrated as part of a special football match on Saturday.

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Decline in U.S. Demand Hitting Domestic Thermal Coal Miners Hard

Major U.S. coal producers that filed for bankruptcy a few years ago are now enjoying improved coal markets, but companies that avoided that first wave of reorganizations now find themselves particularly stressed by declining domestic demand.

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West Virginia: A Tale of Two Energy Industries

Unfortunately for the people and communities that depend on them, coal jobs have been waning as oil and gas jobs have been steadily on the rise.

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West Virginia Congressman a Key Asset for 1st District

McKinley served 15 years in the West Virginia House of Delegates and was the state’s Republican Party chair from 1990-94. McKinley always likes to say that he’s an engineer, not a politician.

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Colorado's Coal Production Dips in 2018

Production by Colorado coal mines last year dipped slightly from 2017 levels, with Arch Coal's West Elk Mine in the North Fork Valley continuing to be the most productive location in the state, according to recently released state data.

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TVA Gets $129 Million Offer for Paradise Power Plant

A Nevada man with roots in Kentucky coal has offered to buy the Paradise coal-fired power plant from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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Exelon Fears BURN MORE COAL Shareholder Proposal; Showdown Set for April 30

BURN MORE COAL has basically asked Exelon to stop lying about global warming.

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Fears the United States Could Displace Australian Coal in China

Australian officials are increasingly concerned that trade negotiations between China and the United States will lead to a special deal between the two countries that displaces Australia's exports, including coal, to its biggest market.

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Thailand's February Coal Imports Slide 12% on Year to 1.69 Mil MT

Thailand imported 1.69 million mt of coal comprising mainly bituminous, anthracite and other coals in February, down 12.2% year on year, according to customs data released Thursday.

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India: For First Time Since 2014, No Power Plant Facing 'Critical' Coal Stocki

Government officials said the total inventory at power stations reached 29 million tonne, good for keeping plants running for 17 days, on Sunday as a result of a coordinated and sustained push by the coal and railway ministries under Piyush Goyal’s watch.

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17th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, April 28-May 1, 2019

17th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium in collaboration with The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum is being held at the Montreal, Canada Palais des Congres from April 28-May 1, 2019.

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Mercer/Tazewell Leadership Class Goes Underground

The 2019 Mercer/Tazewell Leadership Class recently visited the Buchanan Mine of Coronado Coal in Virginia to experience modern longwall mining and the important contribution that coal mining makes to the region and to the country.

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Duke Energy Proxy Statement Issued: Coal vs. Anti-Coal Showdown on May 2

The meeting will feature anti-coal forces (the left-wing activist investors at As You Sow plus Duke Energy management) vs. pro-coal BURN MORE COAL (via Steve Milloy).

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Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust Request for Information: Extension of Comment Period

The comment period on the RFI will closed on Friday, September 25, 2020.

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It's the Best Time to Own Some Stock in a Dying U.S. Coal Miner

U.S. coal companies returned almost $3.7 billion in dividends and buybacks to shareholders in the 12 months through September, and S&P Global Ratings expects more of the same this year.

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Contura Energy Versus Westmoreland Resource Partners Critical Contrast

We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

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West Virginia Senator Says He Is Working to Prevent Black Lung Fund From Being Depleted

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said he is working as quickly as possible to make sure a fund that helps coal miners suffering from black lung disease does not run out of money.

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CFACT Corrects the AP on Climate

Global warming campaigners routinely distort weather data to boost their narrative.

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West Virginia University to Co-Host Mining and Reclamation Conference

West Virginia University scholars will join other mining and reclamation experts to provide the latest updates on regulations and practices during a symposium hosted by WVU and the West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force.

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Students and Employers Meet for Bluefield State College Job Fair

Categories of the employees included law enforcement, the medical field, education, government representatives, coal mining, and many more.

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Pacific American Coal Appoints Matt Wall to Run Coal

His background is in the metals (aluminium) and bulks (steelmaking coal and energy coal) sectors specialising in sales, marketing, logistics and price risk management.

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Canada: Donkin Coal Mine Looking for Underground Workers

In Canada, Nova Scotia's Donkin coal mine, which has been operating at limited capacity since January due to safety concerns, is looking for more workers willing to go underground.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report - March 21, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending March 16, 2019.

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Rosebud Mine, Post Bankruptcy, is Stable Until Year's End

Rosebud Mine, the lone coal supplier for Colstrip Power Plant, appears to be on steadier ground, at least for now, as Westmoreland Coal Co. exits bankruptcy.

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Total U.S. Coal Traffic Totals 72,190, Down 16% on Year; Drop Led by PRB Railroads

U.S. coal carload originations totaled 72,190 in the week ended March 16, down 5.7% from the prior week and down 16% from the year-ago week, Association of American Railroads data showed Wednesday.

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Komatsu Building Second 2650CX Hybrid Shovel in 2020, First Unit Relocating to Colorado Mine

The concept for the 2650CX was first introduced at MINExpo 2012 as an alternative to 550-700 t hydraulic excavators with the possibility to reduce total cost of ownership by 10-15%.

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Jimmy Brock, CEO, CONSOL Energy, to Open Bluefield Coal Show on September 11, 2019

Jimmy A. Brock, CEO, CONSOL Energy, will open the Bluefield Coal Show after delivering the Keynote Address at the Media and Exhibitor Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

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Mechel Reports 2018 Operational Results

“With our steel production reduced, we focused on more marketable products. For example, in the second half of 2018 we more than quintupled stainless steel output as compared to the first half of the year," said Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg K

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West Elk Mine Approved for 1,720-Acre Expansion

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement issued a release last week stating it approved the 1,720-acre expansion of the West Elk Mine in Somerset, into the Sunset Roadless Area.

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More Chinese Ports Delaying Australian Thermal Coal Imports

An increasing number of Chinese ports are holding up Australian coal shipments, with long delays now being reported at Fuzhou port in the southeastern Fujian province, Rizhao in Qingdao and Yingkou in Dalian, according to traders and end-users in China.

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Canada: Donkin Mine Has Received Four Orders and Six Suspensions Since Approval for Limited Mining Began January 25

The province’s labor department has issued four orders and six warnings to Kameron Coal since a limited mining operation was approved at Donkin Mine on January 25.

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Paringa Resources Secures Funding for Coal Mine Expansion

Paringa Resources has secured a US$56 million term loan facility to repay debt and accelerate a planned expansion of its Poplar Grove coal mine in Kentucky.

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Coal Workers Diagnosed With Black Lung Could Lose Federal Assistance Due to Congressional Inaction

The estimated 25,000 retired coal miners battling health issues associated with the job are facing depleted benefits should the Trump administration opt against maintaining an excise tax that finances the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

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Virginia DMME Abandoned Mine Program Receives Funding

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Abandoned Mine Land program will receive $5.6 million in 2019 to reclaim abandoned coal mine lands across the state, according to a news release.

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A “Very Scary” Situation in Texas

Texas got a taste of cooler than expected weather this week and it sent shockwaves across the state’s electricity market. The Lone Star State learned a valuable lesson about putting too much faith in intermittent renewables.

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Ramaco Resources, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results

For the fourth quarter of 2018, Ramaco reported net income of $3.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $6.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2018.

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Millions Awarded to Local States for Cleaning Up Coal Mines

Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri are among 25 states given a total of more than $290 million to clean up abandoned coal mines.

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Canada's Ridley Terminals February Coal Exports Fall to Two-Year Low

Coal exports from the Ridley Terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, totaled a two-year low 313,756 mt in February, down 60.6% from 797,171 mt in January and the lowest since 277,250 mt in January 2017, according to data from the Prince Rupert Port A

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Investors Are Missing How Far Caterpillar Has Dug Into Costs

In the past, Caterpillar organized factories by product—with one product per assembly line. Today, the company builds multiple products on each line.

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Cloud Peak On Brink Of Collapse After Bad Coal Bet

Cloud Peak Energy made a bet a little more than a decade ago that the U.S. power sector was still going to see coal as indispensable. That failed bet has now pushed the company to the brink of collapse, according to a new Bloomberg article.

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Coal Companies Join With Rick Perry to Derail Trump Nominee

The White House has dropped plans to nominate a veteran lawyer to serve on a key federal energy panel after pressure from Energy Secretary Rick Perry and major coal companies headed by allies of President Donald Trump, two people familiar with the effort

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MSHA Fatality Alert - Fatality #4 - March 6, 2019

On March 6, 2019, a 35-year-old contractor with 35 weeks of experience was fatally injured when he was struck by a relief valve that was ejected from a 500-ton hydraulic jack.

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West Virginia Granted $35 Million for Mine Reclamation Projectsx

The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has granted the state $35,754,311 as an Abandoned Mine Land grant.

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Decarbonizing Heat Central to Europe's Climate Challenge

Decarbonizing heat presents gas-dependent energy systems with a huge challenge if climate change commitments are to be met, Centrica CEO Iain Conn said Tuesday at the Aurora Spring Forum in Oxford.

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Out of Bankruptcy, Westmoreland Coal Becomes Westmoreland Mining

Westmoreland Coal Co., the nation’s largest independent coal producer, announced March 15 that it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will operate as a new, privately held company.

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Drummond Company Names Nathaniel Drummond as its CCO, President of Coal Sales Subsidiary

In this day and age, it is rare to see proud family businesses stay so through generations — especially when that company is handling billions of dollars in annual revenue and employs thousands across the globe.

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Coal's Decline Could Mean More Power Shortages

As the need for electricity to power the nation’s digital economy grows, coal is no longer playing a primary role, and that’s problematic, because it undergirds the electric grid and is the most reliable source of energy.

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Feds Approve Coal Mine's Expansion in Roadless Area

A federal agency has approved a proposal to let the West Elk Mine produce coal from beneath some 1,700 acres of national forest roadless acreage in Colorado's North Fork Valley.

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NIOSH Seeks Data on Automation Used in Mining

The request indicated NIOSH recently established a research program to address the rapidly expanding area of automation and associated technologies in mining, and it is seeking information as it decides how to prioritize research to be done by its Mining

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Whitehaven Deep Coal Mine Plan Moves Step Closer

The first new deep coal mine in the UK for decades has moved a step closer after councilors unanimously backed the plans.

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Bathurst to Jointly Develop Canadian Coking Coal Mine

New Zealand-based coal producer Bathurst Resources has entered into a joint venture with Australia-listed Jameson Resources to develop the Crown Mountain coking coal mine in Canada's British Columbia province.

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Woodhouse Colliery, First New Coal Mine in United Kingdom in Thirty Years, Gets Planning Approval

In England, the Cumbria County Council has formally granted planning approval to West Cumbria Mining to develop its Metallurgical Coal Project, a new underground mine located on a brownfield site, to the south west of Whitehaven in West Cumbria.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Tours NARM on Monday

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is in Wyoming to tour some of the Cowboy State's largest industries, hosted by U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming.

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West Virginia Coal Mining Institute Meeting Begins Wednesday with Coal Hall of Fame Banquet

The 2019 Joint Spring Meeting of the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and West Virginia Coal Association is being held at the Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV on March 20-21.

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Powder River Basin Faces Increasing Risk From Coal Decline

A new study from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a think tank advocating a transition away from fossil fuels, charts the decline of the Powder River Basin coal industry and warns of more difficulties to come.

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New Continuous Miner Arrives at Carnegie 1 Mine

As coal miner American Resources moves ahead in its plan to expand the Carnegie 1 underground operation in Kentucky, it has confirmed the arrival of a second continuous miner to carry out its plan for a walking super-section.

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bauma: Sustainability in Mining as an Opportunity

bauma 2019 is the world's leading event in the construction and mining industry which offers top-notch business opportunities.

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RWE Expects German Coke Closure Law in 2020 After First Talks With Government

Legislation on a first wave of German lignite and coal closures is expected to be passed by parliament in H1 2020, RWE CEO Rolf Martin Schmitz said Thursday.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: March 18, 2019

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending March 15, 2019.

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Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

The German Aerospace Center is investigating whether Germany’s coal plants could be reused as energy storage assets.

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Australia's Wollongong Coal Forced to Suspend Operations for Risk Review

Australian miner Wollongong Coal has been forced by regulators to cease mining at its Wongawilli Colliery after an inspection uncovered safety problems, the company said in an announcement on the Australian Stock Exchange Monday.

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Sponsor of Wyoming Coal Lawsuit Bill Criticizes Veto

The sponsor of a bill that would have allowed the Wyoming Legislature to sue the state of Washington over coal exports is not happy about a gubernatorial veto of the bill.

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UK: Re-Opening Opencast Mine Near Ystradgynlais 'Could Save 100 Jobs'

An opencast coal mine in the south of Powys could be re-opened, safeguarding 100 jobs, its operators say.

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West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Announced

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to honor such distinguished people from our industry at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Wednesday,” said Joe Pugh, President, West Virginia Coal Mining Institute.

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“The Surprisingly Sustainable Case for Coal”

Amid a fuel that is so often miscast as a Hollywood villain, I’d like to briefly lay out what I would call the surprisingly sustainable case for coal… with three key observations.

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San Juan Mine Could Stay Open Until 2033

The final environmental impact statement for the mine’s Deep Lease Extension recommends allowing up to 53 million tons of coal to be removed. That would allow the mine to supply coal to the power plant for at least another decade should it stay open past

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Three Federal Mine Safety Panel Officials Confirmed by Senate

The Senate confirmed three members to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission March 14.

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Labor Union Shares Concerns About Outrageous West Virginia Mining Bill

Cecil Roberts recently called the proposed legislation that would reduce the scope of mine safety inspections “one of the most outrageous attempts to slash critical protections for miners’ safety and health on the job that I have ever seen.”

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Indonesian Coal Prices Steady in Quiet Trade

Indonesian thermal coal prices were largely steady in a thinly traded market today, with most participants holding back as they waited for more details of a large Chinese utility tender.

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The Coal Miner Who Bet Everything on U.S. Power Markets and Lost

Eleven years ago, Cloud Peak Energy Inc. made an all-or-nothing bet its rivals were unwilling to match: that coal would remain indispensable to the U.S. power sector.

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West Virginia Coal Mining Institute Meeting Being Held This Week

The 2019 Joint Spring Meeting of the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and West Virginia Coal Association is being held at the Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV this coming week on March 20-21.

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Former Coal Baron Blankenship Sues Media, Claims Defamation

Former coal baron Don Blankenship is suing several news outlets and media personalities, claiming he was defamed during his failed bid for a U.S. senate seat in West Virginia.

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North American Mine Ventilation Symposium

The NAMVS 2019 is a peerreviewed symposium scheduled to run for 3 days.

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Cleanup Fund for Ohio Mines Could Get $5 Million in Governor's Proposed Budget

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed budget would restore $5 million to Ohio’s coal-mining reclamation fund that was raided by former Gov. John Kasich’s administration in 2017.

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Cloud Peak Energy's Financial Uncertainty Grows After it Reports $718 Million Loss

Cloud Peak Energy disclosed in financial filings Friday that it will skip an interest payment, a possible signal that one of Wyoming’s largest coal firms is sliding toward bankruptcy.

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Big Week Ahead for West Virginia Coal Mining Institute

There is a big week ahead for the Institute with the 2019 Joint Spring Meeting of the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and West Virginia Coal Association being held at the Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV on March 20-21.

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Bailout for Coal, Nuclear Unlikely to Pass Legal Muster; Attention Turns to States

The Department of Energy has not forgotten about the plight of at-risk coal and nuclear plants, but suggested that states should craft their own programs as a workable federal solution continues to elude the department, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said.

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U.S. Coal Generation Expected To Continue Steady Decline, Claims EIA

The EIA's latest Short-Term Energy Outlook was published this week, revealing electricity generation from coal in the United States will average 25% in 2019 and 23% in 2020, down from 27% in 2018 and continuing its steady decline to irrelevance.

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Former Coal Baron Blankenship Sues Media, Claims Defamation

Former coal baron Don Blankenship is suing several news outlets and media personalities, claiming he was defamed during his failed bid for a U.S. senate seat in West Virginia.

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Australia: CSIRO Bolsters Autonomous Mining Systems With Robotics Centre

CSIRO’s Data61 has opened its Robotics Innovation Centre in Queensland, Australia dedicated to advance an industry that could be worth $23 billion by 2025.

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Westmoreland Emerges from Chapter 11

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division approved the Plan on March 2, 2019.

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American Resources Corporation Delivers Second Continuous Miner to its Carnegie 1 Metallurgical Coal Mine

The Carnegie 1 mine is the first in a series of underground metallurgical coal mines American Resources is bringing into production within a large contiguous boundary of High Vol A/B metallurgical coal in the Lower Alma coal seam.

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Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon Vetoes Bill to Sue Washington State Over Coal

The bill would have greenlighted $250,000 to go after Washington regarding the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal port -- a proposal that’s been essentially frozen by failing to obtain a state water permit.

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CERAWeek: Coal Industry Struggles With Lack of Capital, Negative Public Perception

Access to capital, a lack of capital discipline and negative public perception continue to be a significant restraints for the global coal industry, several industry leaders said during panels Thursday at the CERAWeek by IHS Markit conference.

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Coal Mining in Distress? Not to This Indiana Startup

American Resources Corp., formed in 2015, specializes in buying distressed coal assets from struggling or bankrupt coal operators. Once it takes over, it trims the workforce, strips away expensive legacy costs, and streamlines operations.

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $30 Million for Front-End Engineering Design Studies for Carbon Capture Systems

The projects, funded by the Office of Fossil Energy’s Carbon Capture program will support FEED studies for CO2 systems on both coal and natural gas power plants.

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CONSOL Energy Releases Inaugural Corporate Sustainability Report and Announces New Commitment to the Community

The inaugural report emphasizes CONSOL's management approach and includes extensive disclosures of performance in the areas of health and safety, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and corporate governance.

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11 Million Tons of Alabama Met Coal Shipped in 2018

That adds up to $2 billion worth of metallurgical coal - which is used in steel production - being shipped out through the Port of Mobile.

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Outstanding Presentations Arranged for West Virginia Coal Mining Institute Meeting to be Held March 20-21

An interesting range of presentations has been arranged for the 2019 Joint Spring Meeting of the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and West Virginia Coal Association being held at the Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV on March 20-21.

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The Illinois Legislature’s Proposed Path to 100 Act

In support of the proposed Green New Deal on Capitol Hill, the Illinois state legislature’s proposed Path to 100 Act is intended to expand Illinois’ Renewable Portfolio Standard to 40% by 2030, with a total transition to 100% by 2050.

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Despite State Tax Cut, Bleak Long-Term Outlook for West Virginia Steam Coal

The West Virginia Legislature has passed a 40 percent cut in thermal coal severance taxes, despite Revenue Department predictions that it would do little to change steam coal's steady decline.

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Eriez® Promotes Darrell Milton to Director of Heavy Industry

Senior Sales Director of Eriez-USA Dave Heubel announces the promotion of Darrell Milton to Director of Heavy Industry. Milton has been an Eriez® employee for nearly three decades, serving most recently as Metalworking Filtration Systems Manager.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: Thursday, March 13, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending March 9, 2019.

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Westmoreland Coal Company and Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP Announce Expiration of Tender Offer to Purchase Common Units of Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP

Upon purchase of the tendered Common Units, Westmoreland will own 182,448 Common Units, representing 14.2% of the outstanding WMLP Common Units.

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A Solution in Search of a Problem

It’s not uncommon to hear calls for rebuilding and transforming the electricity grid. In fact, renewable energy boosters say transforming the grid is an imperative if the nation is to reach their goal of 100 percent wind and solar power.

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Saminco International Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Saminco International has been awarded an ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management System in the design and manufacture of electric traction drives and battery chargers for the mining and rail industry.

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Perry Says Federal Coal and Nuke Bailout Not Dead, But Encourages States to Act

The Department of Energy has not given up on crafting a financial support package for at-risk coal and nuclear plants, Secretary Rick Perry said Wednesday, but he encouraged states to devise their own programs as well.

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Virginia Company Expanding Thanks to $600,000 Government Loan

The loan of up to $600,000 for Lawrence Brothers, Inc. will finance the purchase of equipment, machinery and tools to fuel the expansion.

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Plan to Send $53 Million in State Funds to West Coast Export Terminal Project Advances in the Utah Legislature

A bill that could direct more than $50 million toward developing a deep-water export terminal on the West Coast passed the House on Wednesday.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Compares Lockheed F-35 Stealth Fighter To Coal

During a press conference at CERAWeek by IHS Markit, he was asked if the federal government would give financial assistance to keep coal-fired and nuclear power plants from closing.

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Join the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute for Their Arizona/New Mexico Regional Meeting!

Please join the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute for the Arizona/New Mexico Regional Meeting in Farmington, New Mexico on May 15-16, 2019.

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New Mexico the Most Coal-Heavy State To Pledge 100 Percent Carbon-Free Energy By 2045

The bill includes interim goals mandating that 50 percent of the state's energy mix be renewable by 2030 and 80 percent of the energy mix be renewable by 2040.

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Coal Mogul Blasts Reserve Bank for Speech Outlining Climate Change Impact

Australian coal mogul Trevor St Baker has lashed out at the Reserve Bank of Australia for a speech outlining climate change impact on the economy.

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Fate of Germany's Last New Coal Plant Still Hangs in Balance

The fate of Uniper's new coal plant at Datteln hangs in the balance, with the operator requesting "significant compensation" should the government endorse the coal commission's recommendation to abandon the Eur1.5 billion project ahead of startup.

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EIA: U.S. 2019 Coal Production Expected to Fall 7.8% on Year to 694.9 Million ST

The U.S. is estimated to produce 694.9 million st of coal in 2019, the Energy Information Administration said Tuesday, cutting its estimate from a month ago by 3.8%.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: U.S. Firm Despite Bearish Signals

U.S. coking coal prices edged slightly up in the past week and sellers are confident of high-volatile prices remaining robust despite growing expectations of a price drop in the Asia-Pacific market.

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Analysis: China's Purchases of U.S. Commodities Lay Groundwork for Trade Deal

Higher trading volumes are significant because they lay the groundwork before the talks and are seen as a sign of goodwill, especially since this was one of the key points in preliminary discussions between Beijing and Washington in February.

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ESCO Announces Expanded Production, More Jobs

Weir Group says it's expanding production and adding 150 additional highly-skilled jobs. According to a news release from the Mississippi governor's office, the mining equipment manufacturer is putting an additional $15 million into the Newton operation.

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AFL-CIO Criticizes Green New Deal, Calling It 'Not Achievable or Realistic'

The AFL-CIO, the largest group of U.S. labor unions, offered a critical assessment of the Green New Deal, warning that the ambitious plan to fight climate change could adversely affect U.S. workers.

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Drivers on Interstate 70 Get Some Relief as PennDOT Lifts Lane Restrictions Due to Longwall Mining by Tunnel Ridge

Motorists entering Ohio County from Pennsylvania on Interstate 70 encountered no delays for the first time in more than two months Tuesday.

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Rhino Resource Partners LP Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results

For the quarter, the Partnership reported a net loss of $5.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $6.3 million, compared to a net loss of $18.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $6.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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When Paying $1 for a Coal Power Plant is Still Paying Too Much

One dollar. That’s how much an aging New Mexico coal plant is worth. And by some estimates, even that may be too much.

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Penn State to Host Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Contest

Penn State will host the 2019 Eastern SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration) Spring Collegiate Mine Rescue Contest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Penn State Snider Agricultural Arena.

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Winning...BURN MORE COAL Defeats Energy, Exelon at SEC

BURN MORE COAL wins the right to talk greenwashing, coal, climate at the annual shareholder meetings of Duke Energy and Exelon, and to have shareholders vote on our Greenwashing Audit proposals. HUGE.

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Join the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute for Their Regional Meeting!

Please join the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute for the Colorado/Utah Regional Meeting in Price, Utah on May 8-9, 2019.

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The AFL-CIO Has No Love for the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal resolution calls for, among other things, a partnership for Green New Deal policy to be developed in consultation with labor unions, the right to a “high-quality union job” for every American, and the right to unionize.

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Colorado Coal Jobs Saw A Modest Uptick In 2018

After years of losses, Colorado coal jobs stabilized in 2018. The industry saw 4 percent job growth, a total of 1,304 jobs across the state.

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Department of Energy FY 2020 Budget Request Fact Sheet

The FY 2020 Budget Request provides $2.3 billion to secure energy independence and fund innovations for more affordable, reliable, and efficient energy sources.

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Thermal Coal Arrivals Into ARA to be Higher Week on Week

Some 15 fully laden vessels with a total deadweight tonnage of 1.3 million dwt were on the water and expected to arrive at either Amsterdam or Rotterdam within the next week, the data showed.

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EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook

EIA forecasts that the share of electricity generation from coal will average 25% in 2019 and 23% in 2020, down from 27% in 2018.

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WV Coal Mining Institute and WV Coal Association Joint Spring Meeting

The Hall of Fame will induct four individuals, two from last year’s selection who were unable to participate in last Fall’s Meeting and two who were selected this year.

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New Zealand Investigators to Re-Enter Coal Mine Years After Disaster

New Zealand said on Tuesday that investigators are preparing to re-enter a coal mine where 29 men were killed more than eight years ago in one of the country’s worst industrial disasters.

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Bill to Save Wyoming Coal Power Plants Signed, Skeptics Abound

A bill signed by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon on Friday aims to keep Wyoming's coal-fired power plants online and in business by requiring a utility to try to sell the facility first before decommissioning it.

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Utah Coal Country's Push for a West Coast Deep-Water Port Resurfaces as Senate Panel Advances Funding Plan

One way or another, $53 million of Utahns’ money soon may get sunk into a deep-water export terminal on the West Coast in an effort to shore up the state’s fading coal industry.

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Breakdown in Navajo Generating Station Acquisition Does Not Curb Town Hall Meeting

Community members from chapters located near the Kayenta Mine in northeast Arizona voiced their opinions Friday about a proposal by the Navajo Transitional Energy Company to take over the mine and the Navajo Generating Station.

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New Acquisitions to Drive Production Sales of Off Highway Tires

Rapidly increasing demand for medium and small off highway tires from the construction sector has been significantly driving the growth of off highway tires market.

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U.N. Report: North Korea Evading Sanctions by Buying Oil, Selling Coal, Hacking Banks

North Korea is successfully evading United Nations sanctions with increasingly sophisticated methods, enabling the regime to import more oil, expand coal exports, sell weapons and hack into foreign banks, according to a report by a U.N. panel of experts.

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Trump Budget Sustains Coal Support

President Donald Trump's fiscal 2020 year budget proposes less restrictive cuts for coal-related programs than for other government areas, in some cases even increasing funding.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: March 11, 2019

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending March 8, 2019.

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Widow of West Virginia Miner Settles Lawsuit Over Fatal Explosion

The widow of a West Virginia coal miner who was among 29 men killed in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion has settled a lawsuit against the federal government for $550,000.

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Coal Severance Tax Cut Heads to Governor

A bill that proponents hope will help slow the decline of the coal industry and that cuts tens of millions from state revenues is headed to the governor's desk.

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Bloomberg Not Running for President, Still Drops Bombshell on Coal

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg won’t be running for president in 2020, but the billionaire media mogul has vowed to continue trying to eradicate the coal industry. He’s also promised to target oil and gas.

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Epiroc - Optimizing the Entire Process

Since the decision to operate under its own name in Africa in June 2018, Epiroc has identified South Africa as a critical mining territory for the business.

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Coal Miners Gather at West Virginia Capitol to Celebrate Passage of Bills

In West Virginia, coal miners gathered outside the Senate chamber Saturday morning to celebrate passage of two bills aimed at boosting the state’s coal industry.

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In Extreme Cold, North Dakota Windmills Stand Still

On any given day, the blades of 100 wind turbines that wrap around the central North Dakota town of Courtenay rotate softly over the prairie, generating enough energy to power 105,000 homes.

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March a Momentous Month of Magic and Mayfield in Coalfield Capital of Pocahontas, Virginia

Pocahontas was the reason the coalfields opened up and the original mine which prompted the Norfolk & Western Railway to expand its line from Radford into the area.

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Study: Illnesses and Injuries Related to Working in Illinois Mines Go Underreported

MSHA requires reporting of injuries and illness sustained while working in mines. But according to previous research, their reporting program did not effectively capture cases of injury in Kentucky, spurring concerns about underreporting in other states.

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Canada: Justin Trudeau Appointed Task Force Proposes Solutions to Address Fear, Anxiety and Mistrust Among Coal Workers

There is mistrust and suspicion of government intentions. There are fears about devastating impacts to communities. There's anxiety over whether officials can deliver on promises. And there's frustration with being disparaged as dirty.

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Coal Mining Jobs are Holding Steady Under Trump's Watch - That Could Become Harder This Year

President Donald Trump’s campaign trail vow to revive the coal industry may not have come to pass, but two years into his presidency, the miners have at least halted the plunge in employment over the last 30 years.

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Caterpillar-Argonne Team to Pursue Improved Diesel Engine Combustion Systems Under HPC4MFG Program

Caterpillar Inc. and the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are teaming up to research heavy-duty diesel engines.

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Jackson Kelly PLLC named 2019 Law Firm of the Year in Mining Law

The firm that writes Aggregates Manager’s Rock Law column, Jackson Kelly PLLC, was named the 2019 Law Firm of the Year in Mining Law by U.S. News-Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firms.’

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This Company is Paving The Way For Women's Inclusivity in Mining

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday, one executive in the mining industry said that women have made definitive progress in “small incremental moves” throughout the sector.

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Sandvik Developing Automine Access API for Interoperability

“As a world leader in underground automation, we have a responsibility to make this game-changing technology easier to implement for the mining industry,” said Patrick Murphy, President Rock Drills & Technologies, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.

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A Presidential Climate Commission - It's About Time

President Trump wants a presidential commission to examine Obama-era claims that global warming threatens our national security.

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West Virginia Coal Mining Institute Meeting to be Held March 20-21 Promises Excellent Presentations

The 2019 Joint Spring Meeting of the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and West Virginia Coal Association is being held at the Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV on March 20-21.

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Does Contura Energy, Inc. Have Any Gas After Making Yearly Low?

The 52-week low event is an important milestone for every stock because it shows very negative momentum and is time when sellers come in. During such technical setups, fundamental investors usually stay away and are careful buying the stock.

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West Virginia Site Being Looked at for NIOSH Underground Mine Safety Research Facility

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will accept public comments until April 5th on a proposal to build a new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Underground Mine Safety Research Facility in Randolph County and Pocahontas Count

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The Best Books About the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Region on Amazon

Amazon offers some of the best books about the Pennsylvania Anthracite coal region.

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Iberian Coal Power Generators Buy Extra Cargoes Amid Weak Hydropower

Spanish and Portuguese coal-fired power generators were heard purchasing additional spot cargoes of the fuel last week as the recent drop in hydroelectric stocks prompted higher-than-expected burn at conventional power generators, market sources said.

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AMETEK Spectro Scientific Expands Its TruVu 360™ Enterprise Fluid Intelligence Platform with New Configurations

AMETEK Spectro Scientific expanded its cloud-based TruVu 360™ Enterprise Fluid Intelligence Platform with two standalone versions — TruVu 360 Basic and TruVu 360 Pro — both of which can be installed on a customer’s local PC or corporate server.

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American Resources Corporation Announces Full Exercise and Closing of Underwriters’ Over-Allotment Option in Connection with its Underwritten Public Offering

The additional shares were sold at $4.00 per share, generating additional gross proceeds of $600,000 to the Company and bringing the total gross proceeds of the offering to $4,600,000.

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NIOSH to Host Workshops for Coal Operators at Longwall USA

Researchers from the NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Division have organized two workshops for professionals involved with both longwall and room-and-pillar mining operations.

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Natural Resource Partners L.P. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

"NRP ended the year delivering another robust quarter of financial results, highlighted by the favorable Hillsboro settlement and the successful sale of our construction aggregates business," stated NRP’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Craig Nunez

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Demand for Indonesian, Russian Thermal Coal Heats Up Amid China's Curbs

Australian cargoes have been facing difficulties entering the China market and are starting to be diverted to other markets including India, allowing Indonesian and Russian high CV cargoes to be well sought after in China, market sources said.

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New Partnership Brings Global Bulk Handling Leader to UAE

Global leader in bulk handling equipment Martin Engineering® has entered the Middle East market by forging a partnership with German Conveyor Industries LLC, UAE’s experts in the design, installation and maintenance of industrial plants.

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Australia: Now is the Time for New Coal Plants, Resources Minister Says

Australia's resources minister, Matt Canavan, has declared “now” is the right time to build new coal-fired power, as his pre-election priorities were securing passage of budget bills and helping north Queensland recover from the recent floods.

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Former Administrator Scott Pruitt: Obama-Era EPA Was Weaponized Against Coal Sector

Before the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency was "weaponized" against several sectors of the US economy, including the coal sector, the agency's former administrator Scott Pruitt said Wednesday.

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Boonville, Indiana and Alcoa Reach Mining Restriction Agreement

In Indiana, the Warrick County city of Boonville has scaled back restrictions on coal mining near the city’s homes.

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Coal Company Bankruptcies are Putting Coal Miners' Pensions at Risk

Retired coal miners from three states traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby lawmakers and put in place a federal safety net in case the United Mine Workers of America pension fund fails.

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Energy in Brief: More Carbon Researchers Headed to Wyoming

Wyoming’s large carbon testing facility outside Gillette may have another carbon dioxide research program coming to stay: the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research.

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Man Dies During Mining Accident in West Virginia

The WV Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training has confirmed that a 38-year-old man died Thursday at a surface mine in Greenbrier County after falling from a highwall miner.

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UMWA Works on Legislation to Benefit Westmoreland Retirees

The bankrupt Westmoreland Coal Company may soon be free of all obligations to retired miners at the Kemmerer mine.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production report: Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending March 2, 2019.

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The Struggle for Coal Miners' Health Care and Pension Benefits Continues

Coal miners who survive the mines walk away from their profession with significant health impairments and shorter life expectancies than most other Americans.

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'Mine 9' Pays Tribute to Director's Appalachian Upbringing

Though nearly all of “Mine 9” was filmed in Atlanta, director/screenwriter Eddie Mensore spent a day and a half of the 15-day shoot with a skeleton crew in Virginia, filming precise coal miners at work, and his actors used actual coal mining gear.

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Impact of Indian Coal Gasifers Shutdown

Indonesian thermal coal producers said Thursday they see minimal impact on coal prices amid a shutdown of coal gasifiers in west India.

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U.S. Coal Exports Have Second Best Year Ever, as Strong Demand Attracts Buyers

U.S. coal exports totaled 104.9 million mt in 2018, up 19.3% from 2017 and the second highest total on record, according to US Census data out Wednesday.

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RMCMI to Meet June 23-25 in Vail, Colorado

The conference will be held at Hotel Talisa.

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Democrats' Radical Green New Deal Would Uproot Our Lives

Earlier this year, with the horrors of socialism on full display in Venezuela, a Democrat who proudly identifies as a socialist proposed the Green New Deal in Congress.

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Senate Finance Passes Three-Year Steam

The Senate Finance Committee approved a stretched-out, slowed-down version of the bill to reduce the severance tax on steam coal from 5 percent to 3 percent.

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SME's 7th Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference

An annual event that continues to grow in stature – and attendance – is SME's Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference in New York, which this year will put the collision of so-called smarter mining and finance under a spotlight.

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With Wyoming's Only Coal Exporter Facing Potential Bankruptcy, What Happens to the Export Dream?

Even as the bottom was falling out, Cloud Peak kept a brave face in calls with investors. All through 2018, executives said they hoped for a cold winter and praised the one bright spot in their company’s outlook: its export success.

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Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Research Reveals Challenges for Women in Mining

A new national women in mining survey conducted by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy has showcased the challenging experiences of women employed in the modern resources industry.

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NACCO Industries, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Results

For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company reported consolidated income from continuing operations of $34.8 million, or $5.00 per diluted share, and revenues of $135.4 million.

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A Most Vital Technology

What technology does Fatih Birol, director of the International Energy Agency, believe is “most vital” to reducing emissions? Wind or solar power? Nuclear energy or energy storage? It is, in fact, carbon capture.

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Wyoming Governor Weighs Bill to Save Coal Plants in the State

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, who wants to save the coal industry in his state, has about one week to decide whether to sign a bill that would require utilities to seek buyers for their coal-fired plants, rather than closing them.

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West Virginia Supreme Court Hears Case Arguments in Morgantown

West Virginia University law students and the general public got the chance to see the state Supreme Court in action Tuesday morning as verbal arguments in three cases were heard on campus.

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Global Coal Production Forecast to Grow to 2022

Coal production is forecast to grow globally over the next three years despite major players scaling down their capacity.

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England: Artist Captured North East Way of Life Before It Was Lost Forever

As centuries of deep coal mining came to a close in the North East, artist Aidan Doyle found himself in a race to record its passing.

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Two Illinois Basin Mines Slated to Boost Region's Annual Coal Production

Two Illinois Basin mines -- one new, the other reopening -- could soon add as much as 7 million st to the region's annual production.

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In Wyoming, A Contest To Capture Carbon And Save Coal

Hundreds of train cars extend alongside a road outside of Gillette, Wyo., overflowing with coal. Trucks haul the same energy resource from a large pit on the other side of the road. Gillette is commonly called the coal capital of the U.S.

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World’s Largest Coal Production Company Appoints New Head

China Energy Investment, the largest coal-production company in the world, appointed a new head on Monday.

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Supply of Domestic Coal to Tighten as China Orders More Open-Pit Mines to Shut

Supply of domestic coal is expected to tighten further as authorities in China's northwestern province had ordered open-pit mines to shut down, market sources said Wednesday.

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BURN MORE COAL Files Shareholder Proposal With CMS Energy

CMS Energy has announced its intention to exit coal and boasts about cutting CO2 emissions. We want CMS Energy to explain to shareholders how these plans will be a benefit to anyone or anything.

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Indonesian Thermal Coal Prices Hold Steady

Indonesian physical thermal coal prices held relatively steady today, with bids and offers at similar levels to yesterday.

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Proposal to Study CCS Technology at San Juan Generating Station Rejected by Senate Panel

New Mexico Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, said Farmington could become the center of clean coal technology if Acme Equities acquires the San Juan Generating Station and installs carbon capture and sequestration technology on the plant.

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Henrik Ager Appointed New President for Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

Sandvik has appointed Henrik Ager, currently President for the Rock Tools division in Sandvik, as President of the business area Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology and member of the Sandvik Group Executive Management as of April 1, 2019.

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Analysis: Brazil Government Pressure Seen Forcing Vale Executive Change

Executive changes at Brazil's Vale may delay strategic decision-making at the mining company, and appear to reinforce Brazilian government authorities' power over its decisions, according to sources close to the company.

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Cat® 797F Mining Truck Proven in Tier 4 Final Configuration

The Cat® 797F large mining truck is now available in a fuel-efficient configuration that meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions standards.

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91 Percent of U.S. Coal Plants Leak Toxins, But Scientists Have a Plan

An analysis has found that hundreds of coal plants across the country are leeching dangerous toxins into surrounding groundwater. But scientists at North Carolina State University may have already found a solution to a pressing and dangerous problem.

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Coal India Aiming to Meet 610 Million Tonne Production, Off-Take Target

After the high production growth rate of 15 percent in the Apr-Jun quarter of FY19, the dry fuel miner had attempted to meet an internal aspirational target of 652 MT for the year but things did not work out as per Coal India's plans, sources said.

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Voters Have Moved Away From Trump on Coal

But despite his efforts, as CNN reported this week, market forces have led more coal-fired plants to closed under Trump in his first term than in former President Barack Obama’s first term.

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West Virginia Coal Mining Institute Meeting to be Held March 20-21

“We have arranged an interesting and diverse program to appeal to a wide audience,” said Jim Dean, Institute Secretary and Director, Mining and Industrial Extension, WVU.

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Paringa Ramps Up Poplar Grove Mine Production

Paringa Resources has announced production has ramped up with the commencement of higher productivity, continuous underground mining operations at the Poplar Grove Mine with Company operated mining equipment and labor.

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$1.75 Million Awarded to Help Laid-Off Coal Miners in Eastern Kentucky

The funding is intended to help people who lost their jobs due to the decline in the coal industry.

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Modular Mining Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Modular Mining, the global leader of real-time mine management solutions, announced today that Luiz Steinberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, will step down from the position on March 31, 2019.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Extend Lifeline to Coal Power

Out of the 22 plants the company operates across the West, 13 were more expensive to operate than alternative energy sources, and the three costliest were all in Wyoming.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: March 4, 2019

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending March 1, 2019.

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For the Few Who Heat Homes With Coal, It's Still King

There are fewer than 130,000 households left in the United States that burn coal to heat their homes.

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American Resources Corporation Expands Access Energy Mine

The Access Energy mine is an underground mine at the Deane Mining LLC complex targeting the pulverized coal injection market place from the Elkhorn 3 coal seam located in Letcher County, Kentucky.

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Carbon Capture Proposed to Save New Mexico Coal Plant

The New York-based hedge fund aiming to take over New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station, targeted for closure by state lawmakers, wants to refit the 46-year-old, coal-fired plant to use carbon capture and sequestration technology.

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Spanish February Thermal Coal Usage at 2.2 TWh, Down 35% on Month

Spanish coal consumption dropped 35% in February, continuing a decline that saw an 18% drop for the full year 2018, according to data published Saturday by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana.

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Bringing History to Life: Pennsylvania Artist Wins National Award for Mining Artwork

Sue Hand has been named winner of the Cherry Hunter Award of the American Mining History Association. Hand won for her body of work depicting the anthracite mining industry.

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Westmoreland Announces Court Confirmation of Chapter 11 Plan

Westmoreland expects to complete transactions associated with its financial restructuring -- which will preserve over a thousand jobs in the U.S. and Canada -- and emerge from Chapter 11 protection by the end of the first quarter 2019.

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Coal Severance Tax Bill is Costly

After years of being the energy source that literally powered this country to economic and industrial greatness, coal is on the outside looking in, with cheaper fuels like natural gas and environmentalists screaming for “green energy” now the focal points

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China's Coal Industry Sees Better Profitability

China’s coal supply and demand was basically balanced last year, with prices fluctuating within a reasonable range, an industry report showed.

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Canada: Schauenburg Celebrates Half a Century in North Bay

Innovative products and enhanced customer service are just a couple of reasons why Schauenburg Industries Ltd. of North Bay continues to be a success story in Northern Ontario, Canada's mining service and supply sector after half a century in operation.

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Canada Launches 'Generational' Mining Master Plan

Ontario and Saskatchewan government mining officials said Sunday they could not endorse a new Canadian mining master plan unveiled by Natural Resources minister Amarjeet Sohi.

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Finland Bans Coal Power From 2029

Finland has become the latest country to strengthen its coal phase out plans, pulling forward a ban on the use of unabated coal power by one year to 2029.

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Phil Gonet, President of Illinois Coal Association, to Retire

Phil Gonet, President of the Illinois Coal Association, has announced that he will retire from the position of President at the end of 2019, signaling the end of 16 years of service as an effective advocate of the state’s coal industry.

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Trump Can't Rescue Own Government's Coal Plants - Including One in Arizona

President Donald Trump vowed to save coal, and he ordered top administration officials to prevent closures of power plants burning the fossil fuel.

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States Try To Tackle The Mountain West's Coal Slump

In Montana, Republicans are proposing legislation that would allow a local utility to take over a failing coal-fired power plant in the town of Colstrip.

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Analysis: Northwest European Steel Mill Margins Continue to Slide in February

Indicative margins for Northwest European steel plants producing hot-rolled coil dropped further through February, continuing the slide that began in October, according to S&P Global Platts calculations.

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Caterpillar's Tucson Mining Center Nears Completion

Employees are expected to move from their temporary work locations to the new $50 million, 150-000-square-foot facility at Cushing Street and Avenida del Convento in March.

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Illinois Coal Association President to Retire

Phil Gonet will retire from his position as president of Illinois Coal Association at the end of 2019.

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A Warning Not to be Ignored

How valuable is a balanced, diverse mix of energy sources? Just ask the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, the grid operator that manages the electricity grid for much of the U.S. Midwest and parts of Canada.

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Coal Miners Union Says $6 Million Set Aside for Kemmerer

The coal miners union that represents workers at the Kemmerer mine in western Wyoming is unlikely to replace the lifetime health benefits lost in the Westmoreland bankruptcy, but continues to negotiate with the company for a better deal.

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Rick Perry Warns Energy Grid Faces Major Test in Coming Polar Vortex

Energy Secretary Rick Perry warned Thursday that a polar vortex descending on the U.S. in the first half of March will be a major test for the nation's electricity grid from Montana all the way to his home state of Texas.

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IEEFA Report: Every Fortnight a Bank, Insurer or Lender Announces New Restrictions on Coal

The report “Over 100 Global Financial Institutions Are Exiting Coal, With More to Come” finds global capital is fleeing the coal sector at an electrifying rate.

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BURN MORE COAL Files Shareholder Proposal With Ameren

Ameren has announced its intention to exit coal and boasts about cutting CO2 emissions. We want Ameren to explain to shareholders how these plans will be a benefit to anyone or anything.

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Lawmakers Grapple Over the Future of Montana's Coal Industry

The state of Montana’s coal industry is in flux. Conservationists credit the market’s move away from fossil fuels. Industry leaders blame strict regulations.

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Coal India to Reopen Mines to Increase Output, General Local Jobs

Coal India has decided to reopen a number of mines that were closed earlier due to safety or viability issues. It is an endeavour to generate local employment and increase production of higher grade of coal.

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Miners, Fearing Retaliation, May Skip Black Lung Screenings

Federal officials are examining potential barriers that may explain why only about one-third of coal miners participate in a program to screen for black lung disease even as the number of workers suffering from the deadly condition is rising.

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England: Campaigners Fear Plans for Coal Mine Near Newcastle Could be Climate Catastrophe

A bid to dig an opencast coal mine on the outskirts of Newcastle could prove a "climate catastrophe", environmental campaigners say.

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Australia's BHP-Mitsubishi Sells New Brand of Hard Coking Coal

Australia's largest metallurgical coal producer, BHP-Mitsubishi Alliance, or BMA, has sold a new brand of hard coking coal named Australian coking coal HS this week, market sources told S&P Global Platts Friday.

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With Coal Consumption Expected to Increase, the Need for Widespread Deployment of Low Emission Technologies Has Never Been Greater

A mainstay of the global energy mix, coal will continue to be a critical enabler of development and remain as one of the fuels of choice in rapidly urbanizing and industrializing economies.

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Holly Keller Koeppel and Robert Brewster Hamill Elected to Arch Coal's Board of Directors

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Holly and Bob to the Arch Coal board," said James N. Chapman, Arch's board chair.

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Indonesia Postpones Coal, Palm Oil

Indonesia's Trade Ministry has postponed its regulations requiring coal and palm oil exporters to use local insurers to May 31, the ministry said in an official notice.

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Trump Hasn't Saved Coal. Can States?

President Trump has tried and failed to revive the coal industry. Now, a series of coal-reliant states and communities are stepping up to try to save the plants and mines that have long powered their economies.

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EIA: Weekly U.S. Coal Production Totals 14.9 Million St, Up 8.4% on Week and 0.3% on Year

Production rose for the first time in five weeks, increasing 0.3% from the year-ago week.

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ARMAC, Inc. Takes On Expanded Eriez Sales Territory

Eriez® has announced that ARMAC, Inc., its longtime manufacturers’ representative based in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, has expanded its sales territory for the company to include upstate New York, western Vermont and Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

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