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Citizens, Advocates Criticize West Virginia DEP for Failing to Defend Water Quality Standards

About 30 people turned out for a public listening session Thursday at West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection, with most criticizing the DEP for recently opting not to defend its own proposal to update water quality standards.

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Respected Former NMS and RM Wilson Executive, Mike Demchak, Passes

Michael J. Demchak, 83, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Ohio County, West Virginia.

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Source: China's Domestic Thermal Coal Prices Under Close Watch Ahead of Key Political Meetings

China's domestic thermal coal prices are likely to come under close watch in coming weeks as the country strives to keep prices of essential goods stable during the Lunar New Year holiday period in February and key annual political meetings in March.

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China's Belt and Road Links Are Crumbling

When a giant infrastructure project in an emerging country doesn’t make sense these days, you can usually count on China’s Belt and Road to be on hand with a bailout check.

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German Thermal Coal Imports in 2019 Forecast Flat at 30 Million MT

German imports of thermal coal in 2019 were forecast to remain unchanged at 30 million mt after having fallen heavily over the past two years, the association of German coal importers VDKi said Friday.

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England: History Day Marks 50 Years Since Pit Closure

A Coal Mining History Day is being held on February 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closure of one of Shropshire's last coal mines.

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Kentucky Power Buys 160,000 St of Barge Coal From Blackjewel

The crushed, raw bituminous coal will be delivered starting January 1, 2019, and will continue through December 31.

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Andrew Wheeler: Trump Coal-Lobbyist EPA Nominee Says Climate Change 'Not the Greatest Crisis'

The former coal-lobbyist Donald Trump has tapped to officially take charge of the Environmental Protection Agency says that he does not believe climate change is a major crisis.

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$352.30 Million in Sales Expected for Consol Energy Inc This Quarter

Three analysts have made estimates for Consol Energy’s earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $362.90 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $336.90 million.

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New York’s Plan to Kill Coal Is Already Boosting Power Prices

New York’s plan to put the state’s last coal-fired power plants out of business hasn’t even been approved yet and electricity is already trading like they’re shut.

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Germany's 2019 Hard Coal Imports Seen Rising After Mining Ends

Germany is expected to import 45 million tonnes of hard coal this year, up roughly 1.4 percent from 2018 despite mounting competition from renewable energy, as the closure of domestic mines reduces domestic supply, importers said on Friday.

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Australia: New South Wales Lowest-Paid Coal Miners Now the Highest After Landmark Enterprise Agreement

Casual workers at a New South Wales coal mine will be placed on permanent contracts after a landmark agreement between the mining union and the colliery's operator.

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Critics Question EPA Nominee's Coal Past

Moms from Ohio are among those asking elected leaders to think hard about making Andrew Wheeler the nation's top environmental steward.

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Senators Grill Trump's New EPA Pick on Pro-Coal Record

Democratic lawmakers grilled President Donald Trump's new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, about his past as a coal industry lobbyist.

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Wyoming: Coal Firm Seeks End to Employee, Retiree Obligations in Kemmere

The bankrupt coal firm that owns the Kemmerer mine has asked a bankruptcy judge in Texas for permission to kill retirement obligations for its former workers in Wyoming and nix the current contract between unionized miners and the company.

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Kidnapped Canadian Working for B.C.-Based Company Found Dead in Burkina Faso

He had been shot multiple times, Jean Paul Badoum, an official with the west African country's Ministry of Security, said from the capital Ouagadougou.

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China's Slowdown is Miners' Single Biggest Fear This Year

A worsening of the ongoing economic slowdown in China, consumer of about half the world’s commodities, is the single biggest challenge mining and metals companies face this year, a new survey of senior executives shows.

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Canadian Geologist Kirk Woodman Murdered in Burkina Faso

Kirk Woodman, vice-president of exploration for Vancouver-based private gold explorer Progress Minerals, was found dead on January 16 in rural Burkina Faso, after having been abducted a day earlier by as-yet unidentified individuals.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending January 12, 2019.

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Colorado County Looking for Answers From BLM for Coal Mine Methane Leasing

The North Fork Coal Mine Methane Working Group is working through arguably one of the biggest hurdles to leasing coal mine methane—the permitting process through the Bureau of Land Management.

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Trump EPA Rejects Egregious Cost-Benefit Analysis of Controversial Rule

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been issuing some of the costliest regulations in U.S. history, especially when it comes to its air pollution regulations.

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Why There's No Bringing Coal Back

A recovery in domestic coal demand is not likely. Inexpensive natural gas and renewable power are not going away.

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Romanian Coal Miners End Strike After Government Hikes Wages

Anton Anton met union leaders and miners at the Oltenia Energy Complex in southern Romania on Thursday and offered higher salaries, an Easter bonus and vacation vouchers.

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Chinese Domestic Thermal Coal Prices May Spike After Holidays Amid Stringent Checks

Chinese domestic thermal coal prices may likely see a spike after the Lunar New Year holidays with the full impact of the recent mining accident taking effect, sources said Thursday.

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Better for Consumers? Hardly.

Wind and solar advocates, and even a few utilities, are claiming that by closing existing plants and replacing them with alternatives, they can actually save consumers money.

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Live Updates: Navy Divers Find A Body As Search Ops Continue For 15 Trapped Miners

The body was detected at a depth of nearly 210 feet inside the "rat-hole" mine.

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Electric Cars Are Cleaner Even When Powered by Coal

BloombergNEF’s research assumes that electric cars will become cleaner in the coming years as utilities close coal plants and draw more energy from wind and solar farms, a process well underway almost everywhere except Southeast Asia.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: U.S. Prices Come Down Further

U.S. coking coal export prices fell further in the past week as fob Australia declines weighed heavily in the absence of much Atlantic buying activity, albeit some spot business was noted in southern Europe.

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Russian Coal Output Rises

Russian coal production rose by 6pc, or almost 24mn t, in 2018 compared to 2017 to 433.2mn t, according to data from state energy information agency CDU TEK. This exceeded the energy ministry's forecast of 425mn t.

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Rains Continue to Dampen Indonesian Thermal Coal Supply as China, India Markets Up

Bad weather conditions in Indonesia, especially in the South Kalimantan province, continue to affect thermal coal production and loading schedules, pushing up spot market prices in recent days, sources said Thursday.

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MSHA: U.S. Quarterly Western Bituminous Coal Production Reaches Three-Year High With 17.4 Million St

U.S. western coal production totaled over 17.4 million st in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 7.6% from the third quarter and up 3.6% from the year-ago quarter, Mine Safety and Health Administration data showed.

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MSHA Coal Fatality Alert - Centralia Coal Mine, Lewis County, Washington, Fatality #11, December 29, 2018

On December 29, 2018, a 25-year old dredge operator, with 21 weeks of experience, was fatally injured at a coal mine. The victim drowned when the dredge he was operating sank.

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U.S. DOE Earmarks Nearly $10 Million to Stimulate Market Opportunities for Coal

The US Department of Energy said Tuesday it has made $9.5 million available to create new market opportunities for coal through research into making upgraded coal fuel, producing high-value solid products from coal and other advanced material research.

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Coal Mine Fatality #7 Final Report

On Friday, September 7, 2018, a 60-year-old haul truck operator with 1 year of total mining experience received burn injuries while attempting to escape from the cab of the burning haul truck he was operating. He died five days later.

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German Coal Exit Debate Unblocked by Government Finance Promise

Germany's coal commission is to vote January 25 on a final report for the government after a meeting late Tuesday chaired by Chancellor Angela Merkel resolved conflicts within the commission, German state broadcaster ARD reported Wednesday.

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Brookings Report Buries Coal

A new report states that the bottom line is that U.S. coal production is unlikely to again rise from the ashes.

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Old Utah Mine Seeking to Tunnel Past Federal Coal to Reach State Tracts

Utah’s Emery Deep Mine is Utah’s oldest active coal mine, churning out high-energy fuel on and off since 1881 from under the mine’s namesake town, where it is once again the largest private employer after an eight-year shutdown.

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Seth Meyers Puts Comedy Aside to Shame Trump for Lying to Coal Miners for Two Years

On Tuesday, late-night how Seth Meyers shamed President Donald Trump for giving coal miners and framers false hope about their industry.

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Pacific American Coal Increases Elko Resource

Coal developer Pacific American Coal has reported an 18% increase in the Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource of its Elko coking coal project, in British Columbia.

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U.S. Coal Retirements in 2018 Could Be As High as 15.4 Gigawatts

A total of 16.9 gigawatts of US power generation was retired in 2018 according to figures published by S&P Global Market Intelligence including 11.8 GW worth of coal-fired power capacity.

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German Chancellor Seeks to Preserve Jobs While Phasing Out Coal Plants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s commission plotting Germany’s exit from coal faces a tricky balancing act: how to stop mining and burning coal without whipping up more voter anxiety over job losses.

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Females at the Coal Face

Incredible photographs depicting the mining women who scandalized Victorian Britain by 'doing a man's job' have been unearthed.

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EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook

This edition of the Short-Term Energy Outlook is the first to include forecasts for 2020.

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Virginia Coal Exports Rose in 2018, But Future Uncertain

The three coal terminals in Virginia's Hampton Roads region saw double-digit increases in exports last year, but a global economy that shows signs of slowing worries some analysts.

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Department of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2019

Adjustments are made by issuing a final rule that is effective on its date of publication in the Federal Register.

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Mechel Reports Extending Major Coke Export Contract

Mechel PAO, a leading Russian mining and metals company, reports prolonging its agreement on coke supplies to Turkey’s steelmaking holding Kardemir.

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Cloud Peak Energy Adopts Tax Benefit Preservation Plan for Net Operating Losses

As of December 31, 2018, the Company had estimated federal NOLs and other tax carryforwards of approximately $300 million.

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President Trump Can't Stop U.S. Coal Plants From Retiring

More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in President Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term, despite the Republican’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states.

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Film to Premiere on 60th Anniversary of Mine Disaster

"Knox Mine Disaster," their feature-length documentary, will premiere on January 22, the 60th anniversary of the tragedy that killed 12 men — and, effectively, Northeast Pennsylvania's mining industry.

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Here's Why it is Worth Holding on to Kennametal Now

Kennametal recorded positive earnings surprise of 7.69% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 (ended September 2018).

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England: Government to Rule on Northumberland Coal Mine

Despite government commitments to reduce the nations carbon footprint and halt climate change, 3M tonnes of coal could be mined in Druridge Bay if plans for a new coal mine there are approved.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: January 14, 2019

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending January 11, 2019.

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Officials Identify Man Killed in Kentucky Mining Accident

It happened off KY-2012 at the Tennco Energy Inc., Toms Fork mine, at the Nally and Hamilton mine in the Balkan community near the Harlan County line.

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U.S. Department of the Interior Reopens Coal Mining Operations

Trump Administration Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has just put an end to the Obama-era federal moratorium on coal-mining leases.

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Russia's 2018 Coal Export, Production Volumes Reach Multiyear Highs

Exports from Russia in 2018 came to 191 million mt, a rise of 3.4% on the year, according to the latest data from the ministry of energy, making the 2018 volume the highest since S&P Global Platts began collecting data in 2013.

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Chinese Police Detain Six Over Deadly Coal Mine Accident

Six people have been detained in northwest China's Shaanxi Province after a coal mine collapsed and killed 21 miners.

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Metallurgical Coal Quality Differentials Evolve on Policy, Market Shifts

China's National Development and Reform Commission in mid-November imposed further port restrictions on coking coal and thermal coal to last until the end of 2018 at ports across China.

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Poland and the Failure of Paris Climate Commitments

Actions speak louder than words. And the actions of nations around the world show the 2015 Paris climate agreement, like the climate agreements before it, is not worth the paper it is printed on.

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Peabody Seeks to Lead on the Diversity Front

Peabody Energy is encouraging women to apply for mining positions at its coal mining operations as part of its strategy to encourage diversity within the company’s workforce.

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Mining Accidents Put Spotlight on China's Safety Checks

A spate of fatal mining accidents has again compelled Chinese authorities to impose strict safety checks on mines, raising concerns of tightening domestic coking coal supplies.

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'It's About All We Know Around These Parts': Kentucky Miners Take Part in Annual Refresher Training

Blackhawk Mining in Kentucky sent more than 100 of their local experienced miners, some from Pine Branch Mining prep plant, to Hazard Community Technical College for a retraining event.

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Industry Rep Weighs In On 2019 Legislative Goals

With the 2019 session of the West Virginia Legislature beginning, various wants and ambitions have been set forth by representatives of the state’s energy industries.

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What Can MSHA Do About Powered Haulage? Husch Blackwell's Mining Coalition Weighs In.

“Powered haulage” is a broad category of equipment that includes everything from conveyor belts to haul trucks.

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Study: Renewables, Nuclear Power Gets Outsized Federal Subsidies

The Institute for Energy Research on Friday announced a report showing that renewables and nuclear power received 93% of federal subsidies in 2016, but produced only about 22% of the nation's energy, which drew mixed reactions from industry observers.

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Virginians Brace for the Fallout From Westmoreland Coal's Bankruptcy

While Westmoreland has not operated in Virginia since the 1995 closing of the Bullitt Mine in Wise County, there are still many former coal miners in the area who draw their retirement benefits from Westmoreland Coal Company.

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One Coal Carrier Loaded Coal at Dominion Terminal in Week Ended January 11, One More at Pier

The terminal, which is owned by Arch Coal and Contura Energy and served by CSX, loaded the CMB Partner with 83,888 st of coal on Monday.

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India: Unmanned Vehicles Being Used to Rescue Miners

The Navy has deployed five remotely-operated vehicles to rescue 15 miners trapped inside an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya for a month, the state government told the top court on Friday.

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Westmoreland Coal Seeks Court Approval to Sell Buckingham Coal to CCU

A federal judge has delayed Westmoreland Coal's request to sell its Buckingham Coal subsidiary in Ohio to a holding company, CCU Coal and Construction, by two weeks, according to court records.

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Chinese Coal Mine Roof Collapse Kills 21

The accident took place at around 4:30 pm local time on Saturday, near the city of Shenmu, in the country's north-eastern province of Shaanxi.

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Westmoreland Coal’s Appalachian Connection

In October 2018, the oldest coal company in the United States filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While now largely operating in the western United States, Westmoreland has many historical ties to Southwest Virginia.

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MSHA Fatality Alert Posted - November 29, 2018 - Fatality #12

On Thursday, November 29, 2018, a mechanic with 29 years of mining experience was severely injured when hydraulic pressure propelled a piece of metal out of a hydraulic fitting that he was examining, and the metal penetrated his head.

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WVU Department of Mining Engineering Newsletter - Black Diamonds

Published annually by the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources, Department of Mining Engineering, West Virginia University, Black Diamonds WV describes 2018 year in review.

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Utah Mining Association/ Friends of Coal West Legislative Reception

A Legislative Reception will be held February 6 in Salt Lake City, UT.

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German 2018 Lignite Coal Mining Output Down 3% at 166 Mil MT

That translates into 5 million mt less CO2 emitted in 2018, it said, adding that already planned closures later this year are expected to cut CO2 emissions from lignite-fired power plants by 19 million mt a year from 2020.

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Canada: Province, Feds Reach Long-Awaited Deal on Life of Coal Plants

Saskatchewan and Canada's federal government are expected to soon have a formal agreement in place regarding how long the province’s coal-fired power plants can remain online.

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Norfolk Southern Helps New U.S. Coal Mines Connect to Rail System

Norfolk Southern, the American transportation company, generated more than 60,000 carloads of new rail traffic in 2018 through collaborative efforts that helped 90 industries locate or expand business operations along the company's rail lines.

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Coal Carrier Grounds Off Virginia

Coast Guard boat and helicopter crews assisted the crew of a coal carrier that ran aground Thursday morning off Virginia Beach, Va.

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NETL-Led Project Offers Prospect of Cutting Carbon Capture Cost

A computational modeling project led by the National Energy Technology Laboratory has identified membrane materials that will make carbon capture more affordable, reducing the cost to less than US$50 per metric tonne of carbon dioxide removed.

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Editorial: West Virginia Needs to Prepare for Further Coal Decline

While people and politicians like to talk about transforming the electricity grid from fossil fuels to renewable, the fact is that natural gas is the source of choice for new generation, according to the editorial.

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New Regulations May Not Be Enough to Save Coal Industry

The Trump administration’s moves to reduce regulation have fueled speculation that the coal industry could experience a rebound.

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China: No Wind Or Solar If It Can't Beat Coal On Price

China has said it will not approve wind and solar power projects unless they can compete with coal power prices.

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Blankenberger Brothers Moving Forward With New Underground Coal Mine in Indiana

The Illinois Basin appears poised to welcome a second major new underground coal mine with construction to start later this year on a 3.5 million st/year, 11,300-11,500 Btu/lb underground mine in Indiana.

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Hopes Fade for 15 Workers Trapped in Illegal Mining Rat Hole in India

To reach the coal deposits in remote northeast India, workers dig shafts straight down into the earth, then excavate a labyrinth of narrow, horizontal tunnels. Miners work in the pitch black, hunched over, in thousands of these “rat hole” mines.

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India Mine Tragedy: 28 L Litres of Water Drained Out, Still No Change in Water Level

Multi-agencies personnel used high-powered pumps to drain out 28 lakh litres of water from the main shaft, where 15 miners got trapped, but Navy divers Thursday found no change in the water level in the rat-hole mine to resume search operation.

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MSHA Fatality Alert Posted - North Fork

On Thursday, December 20, 2018, a mobile bridge carrier operator, with 5 years and 21 weeks of mining experience, was fatally injured while operating his detached, remote-controlled machine during the mining process.

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BURN MORE COAL Responds to Duke Energy Request to SEC to Ignore Shareholder Proposal on Greenwashing

On December 28, 2018, Duke Energy asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for permission to omit BURN MORE COAL’s shareholder proposal from Duke’s 2019 proxy materials.

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Russia's 2018 Coal Export, Production Volumes Reach Multiyear Highs

Exports from Russia in 2018 came to 191 million mt, a rise of 3.4% on the year, according to the latest data from the ministry of energy, making the 2018 volume the highest since S&P Global Platts began collecting data in 2013.

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Andrew Wheeler Is Bad News for Coal Miners and Environmentalists Alike

Donald Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to be the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator, the White House announced on Wednesday.

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Canada: Morien Provides Project and Corporate Update

In 2018, Kameron signed a multi-year, thermal coal offtake agreement with local power utility, Nova Scotia Power Inc., for a portion of Donkin production.

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Australia's DBCT Coal Terminal Sees Loading Issues as Queensland Weathers Ex Cyclone

Vessel loading issues at the common-user 85 million mt/year nameplate capacity DBCT happened on Tuesday, while train arrivals to the terminal were not affected, a source said Wednesday.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending January 5, 2019.

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Analysis: Summer 2019 TTF Price Decline Brings Coal-to-Gas Switching Into Focus

Healthy natural gas storage levels and strong LNG deliveries into Northwest Europe continue to pressure the TTF Summer 2019 gas contract, with implications for the fossil-fired power generation mix.

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New Wyoming Governor Wants State to Keep Fighting For More U.S. Coal Exports

Wyoming should continue to fight to enable more U.S. coal exports overseas, the state’s new governor said in a state of the state speech Wednesday that also called for more spending restraint and better returns on state reserve funds.

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U.S. Coal Carloads Total 68,511 Up 9.9% on Year

U.S. coal carload originations totaled 68,511 in the week that ended December 29, down 27.1% from the prior week and a year low for 2018, American Association of Railroads data showed Thursday.

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Trump Officially Taps Former Coal Lobbyist to Lead EPA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Opinion: America Stills Needs Coal In 2019

The pace of change in the energy sector is somewhat dizzying, given the complexities of maintaining sufficient electricity for a nation of 325 million people.

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Fed Agency Says Kentucky Had One Coal-Mining Death in 2018

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says coal-mining related deaths have reached a record low in Kentucky where a single miner died last year.

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Be Cautious With Funding of Black Lung Trust: Coal Industry at Stake

A recent editorial misrepresented both the coal industry and the state of benefits for American miners. Handled incorrectly, future funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund could do unintended damage to coal country.

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U.S. Mining Fatalities in 2018 Were Second Lowest on Record

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration reports that 27 mining fatalities occurred in 2018 - the second lowest number ever recorded.

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Controlled Demolition Inc. Implodes Silos at Lexington Coal

CDI has felled more than a thousand silos since the late 1940s, and more than a dozen have been large colliery silos similar in design to those which were felled at Lexington Coal.

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Flexible Conveyor Train Set to Boost Coal Production at Donkin Mine in Canada

In December 2018, Kameron Collieries, owner/operator of the Donkin Coal Mine, installed a continuous haulage Flexible Conveyor Train coal mining system to replace part of Donkin’s shuttle car fleet.

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Reversing the Anti-Coal Supertanker

If anyone has ever told you, “it’s like turning a supertanker,” you know the task at hand isn’t going to be easy.

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Australia's North Queensland Registers Record Year for Coal Exports in 2018

The Pacific Rim region, via its three terminals, Dalrymple Bay, Hay Point and Abbot Point, exported 148.20 million mt of coal during the year.

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Mining Cycle May Have Peaked, Outlook Bleak

Political uncertainties, which are retarding business decisions, have led to a current "bleak picture" for the mining sector, which may have passed a recent peak, according to Mining Journal's Global Finance Report, published this week.

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Pennsylvania Governor Calls for Carbon Pollution Cuts in Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf wants the state to cuts its carbon emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels over the next six years and by 80 percent by 2050.

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Educator to Share The History of Coal Mining in Oklahoma

Before oil was discovered in Oklahoma, coal was king.

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Buckingham Gets Ohio Permit for Burr Oak 6 Extension Project

Buckingham Coal, a subsidiary of Westmoreland Coal, has been issued a long-awaited Ohio mining permit to extend its Burr Oak No. 6 underground mine in Perry and Morgan counties, an Ohio state official said Tuesday.

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Drivers on Interstate 70 in for Months of Delays Due to Longwall Mining Near West Virginia/Pennsylvania Line

Expect to see lots of orange, fluorescent green and slow-moving traffic on Interstate 70 at the West Virginia/Pennsylvania state line over the next four-plus months.

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Hays and Stellar Recruitment Hit With Class Action Lawsuits Over Use of Casual Workers

International recruitment firm Hays and Steller Recruitment, which operates in Australia and New Zealand, are facing class action lawsuits over their allegedly unlawful use of casual workers in the mining industry.

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Canada: Firm With Ties to Donkin Mine Isn't Expecting Lengthy Shutdown

The mine shut down while the staff were on a holiday break. There were no injuries, but the Nova Scotia Labor Department ordered the mine closed.

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Announces 2020 Re-Election Bid

“The further I go, the more I believe just this: I believe there’s work still to be done,” Jim Justice said in announcing his plans at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center.

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Could Termites Power a Clean Coal Revolution

Termites generally don’t elicit a whole lot of love. But surprisingly, this wood-eating insect may hold the key to transforming coal — a big polluting chunk of the global energy supply — into cleaner energy for the world.

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Protest Held Over Plans to Bring Coal Mining Back to West Cumbria, England

Members of Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole, Extinction Rebellion and the Green Party protested against West Cumbria Mining’s plans to redevelop Whitehaven’s former Marchon site and extract coking coal off the coast of St Bees, speaking to shoppers in Worki

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Greece Gives Investors Another Week for Coal Plant Bids

Greece has given investors another week to Jan. 15 to submit binding bids for three coal-fired power plants and a licence to build another one, a senior energy ministry official told Reuters on Monday.

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Australian Port of Gladstone's Coal Exports at 5-Year Low in 2018

The dominant metallurgical coal Port of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia, shipped a total of 67.90 million mt of coal in 2018, the lowest volume of coal exported from the port since 2013, data released by the Gladstone Ports Corporation Tuesday showed.

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Kentucky Governor Asks TVA Not to Close Coal-Fired Unit

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is asking the Tennessee Valley Authority not to close the remaining coal-fired unit at its Paradise electricity plant.

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U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed

America’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest increase in eight years, according to a preliminary estimate published Tuesday.

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New Report Looks at Challenges and Opportunities for CCUS in the Chinese Power Sector

China has become one of the champions for clean coal generation, transitioning towards supercritical and ultra-supercritical plants and deploying ultra-low emissions technologies to reduce or eliminate the release of pollutants.

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Expectations Flat for Coal Exports, Production Heading Into 2019

Total US thermal and metallurgical coal exports and production are projected to remain relatively flat in 2019 compared with 2018 levels, according to a report by Seaport Global analysts released Monday.

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Five Reasons to Add CONSOL Coal Resources to Your Portfolio

Earnings estimates for CONSOL Coal Resources LP have been revised upward over the past 30 days, reflecting analysts’ optimism on the stock. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2019 earnings has moved 1.4% north to $2.13 during the period.

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Liebherr and its Expanding Engine Business

Liebherr made the decision to sell engines to the external market in 2008/2009. Development took time, and they started selling engines outside of the group in 2013/2014.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: January 7, 2019

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending January 4, 2019.

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Ohio River Swallows Seven Coal Barges

High water has been plaguing much of the U.S. river system since the end of December 2018. Many safety restrictions have been in place for weeks, but an accident on the Ohio River has created quite a mess.

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Navajo Company Looks Into Buying Northern Arizona Coal Mine

A Navajo Nation energy company studying the purchase of a coal-fired power plant on the reservation says it's looking into the mine that supplies it, too.

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'He's Lying to Them': Former Miners Blister Trump for Giving False Hope About Coal Jobs Returning

Two former coal miners told CNN’s Bill Weir on Monday that President Donald Trump has been blatantly lying about his ability to bring coal jobs back to the American heartland.

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Indonesia Sets January HBA Thermal Coal Price at $92.41/mt, Down 0.11% on Month

Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has set its January thermal coal reference price, also known as Harga Batubara Acuan or HBA, at $92.41/mt, down 0.11% month on month, and down 3.28% year on year.

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India: Even as 15 Miners Still Remain Trapped, 2 Die in Another Mine Collapse

Even as there is no trace of 15 miners trapped in an illegal mine in Meghalaya’s coal-rich East Jaintia Hill area, another similar mishap killed two miners. This incident also took place at the Jaintia hill area after an illegal coal mine collapsed.

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Miner Dies in Illinois Mine Accident

A miner has died after an accident early Saturday morning at the Hamilton County coal mine #1 in Illinois.

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Names Craft Chairman of Board of Directors; Druten Elected to Replace Retiring Chairman Neafsey

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. today announced that Joseph W. Craft III, President and Chief Executive Officer of ARLP's general partner, has assumed the additional role of Chairman of the general partner's Board of Directors.

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Australia: Mach Energy Launches Coal Production at Mount Pleasant

Mach Energy has entered 2019 as Australia’s newest coal producer after reaching production at the Mount Pleasant project in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales in late December.

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Trapped Coal Miners in India: Rescue Ops Hit Fresh Roadblock

Rescue operations for the 15 miners trapped in a flooded illegal coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district for the past 24 days hit a roadblock Sunday as the two high-powered pumps engaged in dewatering encountered technical glitches.

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Two Dead as Coal Ship in Distress Off of Turkey's Black Sea Coast

Two people died and another four were missing on Monday after a ship carrying coal sent a distress signal off the northern coast of Turkey, the coast guard and the local governor’s office said.

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Numbers Don't Reflect Any Major Coal Impact on Southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia

In Southern West Virginia, as optimism about the future of the coal industry remains, so far the numbers show no significant impact in the coal severance tax or the total number of jobs.

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Virginia Senators Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Secure Pensions and Healthcare for Virginia Coal Miners

This legislation would protect retired coal miners across the country, including in Virginia, where roughly 500 miners and their dependents are at risk of losing their healthcare following the bankruptcy of Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Company.

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Kim Jong Un's Vision of a Coal-Fueld North Korea Future May Be Tough to Realize

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un used his New Year speech to highlight coal as a “primary front” in developing the economy, he was making a case for what analysts see as a flawed but key resource on which his country increasingly relies.

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New International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Rules on Coal Liquefaction Kick In

Insurer Gard highlights regulatory changes that came into place on January 1, which also include changes to scrapping rules for EU-flag tonnage and a local sulphur cap in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

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Water Pumping Starts in Main Shaft of India's Coal Mine

The operations to rescue 15 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in India's Meghalayas East Jaintia Hills district for the past 24 days got a shot in the arm Saturday when two high powered pumps started dewatering the main shaft.

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Merkel Calls Summit to Discuss Germany's Coal Exit

German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to discuss efforts to wean the country off coal with senior officials this month.

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Keep Reclamation Funded

Environmentalists and the coal industry often find themselves glaring angrily at one another over the issues fence that so frequently divides them. They agree on an important issue in Ohio, however, according to The Associated Press.

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More Coal Plants Have Closed Since Trump Took Office Than in Obama's First Term

In Barack Obama's first term, 15 gigawatts of coal-fired plants shut down. In the past two years, 20 gigawatts closed.

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Canada: Operations Suspended at Nova Scotia's Donkin Coal Mine Following Roof Fall

Donkin's ground control permit was withdrawn in the aftermath of the December 28 incident that occurred while the mine and its roughly 130 employees were on Christmas break.

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U.S. Mining Industry Added 3,700 Jobs in December While Oil and Gas Extraction Gained 300 Positions

The BLS said that coal mining jobs rose by 600 to 53,900 and that nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying grew by 400 positions to 99,800.

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BossTek Mobile Dust Suppression Design Features Tier IV Final Gen Set

BossTek has updated its family of self-powered dust suppression equipment with Tier IV Final-compliant generators, ensuring compliance in all 50 states.

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Coal India Output Rose by 104 Million Tonnes in 4 Years

India faces no shortage of coal and its imports have declined to 208 million tonnes from 217 MT in 2014, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday.

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India Mining Tragedy: Water Recedes by 3.5 Feet

In the latest development in the Meghalaya Miner rescue efforts, the water has been pumped out of the old shaft and is said to have receded by 3.5 feet.

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American Resources Corporation Signs Multi-Year Metallurgical Coal Sale Agreement

American Resources will produce, process, and load the coking coal for transport by rail at its McCoy Elkhorn Coal subsidiary located in Pike County, Kentucky.

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Prominent American Mine Research Executive, Bob Saxton, Passes

Robert Everett Saxton, Jr. passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 27th in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.

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Virginia Officials Expected to Announce Winners of Coal Mine Reuse Funding

Among the proposals: a project that would transform a former coal mine into a 3.5-megawatt solar farm.

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One State is the Center of War Between Natural Gas and Coal

In Indiana, the coal industry is under attack by a natural gas provider and utility owner that wants to close down coal electricity generating plants and replace them with a new electricity utility station that would use natural gas piped in from Texas.

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Trapped India Miner's Father Wants to Rappel Down to Look for His Son

While five miners had a miraculous escape and survived, the rescuers have failed to trace the rest of the miners who got trapped by the sudden deluge.

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Global Steel Raw Materials Costs Jumped in Q4 Led by Pellets, Met Coal

Global steel mills' iron ore and coking coal costs rose in the fourth quarter of 2018, during a period of global steel price falls, ending a peaking in steel margins in the middle of last year, according to analysis by S&P Global Platts.

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Ohio: Groups Raise Concerns on Abandoned Mines, Reclamation Fund

Environmental groups and coal lobbyists both said they are concerned that a raid on a coal-mining reclamation fund in Ohio alongside the nationwide downturn in coal mining could leave taxpayers on the hook for millions needed to clean up abandoned mines.

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Jim Justice Family Coal Company Must Turn Over Financial Info

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger granted a motion submitted last month by U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart seeking additional information and the ability to depose Justice Energy Co. employees.

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A Coal Commission for India

As it transitions to renewable energy, the country needs to articulate a credible economic future for the coal belt.

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Russia's Coal Production Up 5.9% to 433.4 Million Tonnes in 2018

Coal production in Russia in 2018 increased by 5.9% year-on-year to 433.4 mln tonnes, according to the Central Dispatching Department of Fuel Energy Complex, Trend reports referring to TASS.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: Thursday January 3, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending December 29, 2018.

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The Ongoing Struggle to Correct the Damage of Government Overreach

It wasn’t all that long ago that coal fueled more than half of the nation’s electricity generation. Coal’s retreat from that position hasn’t come by accident, nor has it come without consequences.

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Completes Acquisition of Oil and Gas Mineral Interests

"Closing of the AllDale transaction provides ARLP with significant ownership of attractive oil and gas mineral interests," said Joseph W. Craft III, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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India's Top Court Says Every Second Counts for Miners Trapped for Three Weeks

India's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the government to list the steps it plans for the rescue of at least 15 miners trapped in a so-called "rat-hole" coal mine for three weeks in a remote hilly state, warning that "every second counts".

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Three Miners Dead in Eleven Days: Grim December Caps Year in Coal Mine Safety

In an eleven-day span in late December, three miners died after separate incidents, bringing the total number of fatalities in 2018 to 12, even as coal mining employment continued its decline.

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Canada Coal Mine Suspends Work After Roof Fall

None of the mine's 128 workers were inside at the time of the December 28 incident.

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Alliance Argues Against Vectren's Proposed Solar Project in Indiana

Alliance Resource Partners is urging Indiana regulators to deny Vectren South's application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct a proposed 50-megawatt solar facility.

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Salvage Crews To Recover Sunken Coal Barges In Ohio River

A seventh barge has sunk in the Ohio River a week after a tugboat carrying coal to Trimble County hit the 2nd Street Bridge.

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India BCCL's December Coking Coal Output Falls 20% on Year to 2.57 Mil Mt

State-run Bharat Coking Coal Limited produced 2.57 million mt of coking coal in December, down 20.2% year on year, parent Coal India said late Tuesday, citing provisional data.

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Outlook 2019: European Thermal Coal Market Looks to China for Direction in Year Ahead

Sources in the European thermal coal market are expecting the Chinese import policy to continue to drive sentiment for the majority of 2019.

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China Coal Supply May Increase in 2019

China's domestic coal supplies are likely to increase this year, as the country brings more efficient, advanced coal capacity on line, while pressure to cut capacity at older mines tapers off.

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India Mine Collapse: What It's Like to Work in a Rat-Hole Mine

Fifteen men have been trapped inside a so-called rat-hole mine in India's north-eastern state of Meghalaya since 13 December. Priyanka Borpujari spoke to a miner who left his job at the same mine days before the accident because he found it to be too dang

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As Plant Retirements Stake Up, Federal Efforts to Help Coal Industry Grow More Urgent

There is slim chance a large baseload coal plant will ever be built again in the United States, experts say.

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Paul T. Demzik Joins Arch Coal Leadership Team as Chief Commercial Officer

Arch Coal, Inc. today announced that its board of directors has elected Paul T. Demzik as the company's chief commercial officer, effective immediately.

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Coal Got Clobbered in 2018. Here's the Damage

A funny thing happened during an unusually cold period in November. Eastern coal generation fell compared with the year before.

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India: Supreme Court to Take Up Plea on Mine Tragedy

The Supreme Court will on Thursday take up a PIL filed against the Centre for failing to rescue 15 miners trapped in a coal mine in Meghalaya since December 13.

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Exhibit to Focus on Coal Mining in Frontenac, Kansas

The Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kansas will give visitors a snapshot of Frontenac’s coal mining history during its first quarterly exhibit of 2019.

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China's Benchmark Power Coal Price Inches Down

China's benchmark power coal price dropped slightly during the past week as domestic inventory remains high and a large amount of imported coal is about to enter the market.

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Here Are Trump’s Largest ‘Energy Dominance’ Actions of 2018

President Donald Trump has pushed his administration toward “energy dominance” by cutting environmental regulations on fossil fuel development and opening up federal lands and waters for energy companies.

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Trump's U.S. Coal Consumption Is Less Than Obama's

Candidate Trump talked a tremendous amount about bringing back the coal industry if he was elected President. Unfortunately, the industry has been in a secular decline for about a decade, which coincides with the increase in natural gas production.

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California Becomes the First State to Require Solar Panels on New Houses

While the Trump administration seems determined to expedite climate change by supporting the pollution-creating coal and oil industries, the state of California has taken a historic first step to help improve the environment.

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Game Changing Coal Power Technologies

To be a relevant player in the future power mix, coal power efficiency and costs must improve, and technologies in the realm of research and development promise to do just that.

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Spain's Unprofitable Coal Industry Comes To An End

Under an EU directive, all coal deposits that no longer make money and receive public funds must stop production by January 1.

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Indonesian Coal Sellers Plan Amid Volatility

Regulatory obstacles in Indonesia could hamper coal production in 2019 and uncertainty about China's import policy could also curb exports, even though a number of producers have announced tentative plans to raise output in the coming year.

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Welcome 2019!

Farewell 2018. Welcome 2019! Following a year of continued economic recovery and renewed hope here in the coalfields of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia, optimism for the new year is unusually high.

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U.S. Coal Plant Closings to Fall to Five-Year Low

Coal-fired power plant retirements in 2019 are expected to fall to the lowest level in 5 years, with just 6,972MW of generation at 21 units expected to shut next year.

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India Mine Rescue Op: Divers Find Wooden Structures, Horizontal Hole. No Trace of Trapped Miners

As rescue efforts to save the lives of 15 coal miners trapped in Meghalaya entered the 19th day, Navy divers on Monday again entered the flooded mine.

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New Year Critical For Coal Sector Innovation

The new year could prove pivotal for efforts to find new markets for U.S. coal mines and to promote technological advances in electricity generation.

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2018 Saw A Global Revolt Against Climate Change Policies

Despite increasingly apocalyptic warnings from U.N. officials, 2018 has seen a number of high-profile defeats for policies aimed at fighting global warming.

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China's Steel Sector Contraction Slows in December

China's purchasing managers index for the steel sector in December rose by 0.4 points from the previous month to 45.6, indicating a slower pace of sectoral contraction than the sharp slowdown in November.

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Activity is Plummeting in America's Biggest Coal Region

The steady decline of the U.S. coal industry is dragging down operations in the country’s biggest coal-producing region: the Powder River Basin.

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The EU is Banning Almost All Coal Mining Starting Today

Every unprofitable coal mine in the European Union must cease production by today, the first day of 2019, the date on which all public funds for the mines come to an end.

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Nation's Coal Consumption in 2018 Expected to be Lowest Since 1979

Coal consumption in the U.S. for 2018 is expected to be the lowest since 1979, a likely predictor of another drop for Wyoming production given that the state ships more than 90 percent of its coal to users in other states.

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