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EIA's Coal Markets Report: September 20, 2021

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending September 17, 2021.

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All Climate Agreements Are a Joke

Can you find The Gambia on a globe? Either way, it is the only nation on Earth that is successfully living up to its commitments under the Paris Accord on climate change.

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Dems’ Reconciliation Bill Raises Electricity Bills, Lowers Grid Reliability

Buried inside the massive $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill is a plan to bury America’s coal industry and, along the way, bury homeowners and businesses under higher electricity bills.

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Now Accepting Applications: Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration 2021

DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management invites graduate students and early career professionals who are interested in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) to apply for the 2021 Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration program.

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Coal, Oil Sands Companies Feel Growing Insurance Squeeze

A growing number of insurers are refusing to underwrite companies involved with producing or transporting the most emissions-intensive fossil fuels.

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US Coal Miners Could Be Next In Line For Industry Bailouts

A measure that’s part of the bipartisan infrastructure package to be considered by the US House of Representatives later this month would fund $11.3 billion to remediate coal mines abandoned before 1977.

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MINExpo Wrap-Up: Mining's Latest Products Revealed

Liebherr showcased its new Mining Technology Product portfolio which includes autonomous solutions for both hauling and excavation.

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Liebherr Partners With Hexagon to Deliver Next Generation Mine Automation

Hexagon’s Mining division and Liebherr today announced at MINExpo in Las Vegas a global framework agreement that advances the next generation of mine automation.

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UK: Becalmed Wind Energy Sector Has UK Turning to Coal

The UK’s windpower drive has dramatically cut carbon emissions, but it’s also created a vulnerability that’s been brutally exposed.

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The World is Running Out of Good Carbon Dioxide

The rush to return to normal is testing supply chains globally. One product in short supply is carbon dioxide, crucial in the food and drink industry. Depleting reserves would strain production severely for manufacturers in sectors from poultry to baking.

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Virginia Republican Warns of Blackouts and Brownouts If He Loses

Virginia Republican gubernatorial hopeful Glenn Youngkin warned that the state would face electricity problems if his opponent were to win this year’s election.

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Coal Funding Persists Even as Climate Concern Grows

A total of $42 billion was committed to financing coal-fired power plants from 2013 to 2019 in 18 nations with the biggest percentage of population without electricity, or so-called high-impact countries.

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US Touts New Global Methane Pledge, Rallies Support for Slashing Emissions

Biden said the US was working with the EU to garner support for the global methane pledge, which he contended would not only rapidly reduce the rate of global warming but also improve public health and boosting agricultural output.

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West Virginia Public Service Commission to Hold Public Comment Hearing on Coal-Fired Power Plants Case

The Public Service Commission has scheduled a public comment hearing for a reopened case that will affect the future of three coal-fired power plants.

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Clean Coal Technologies in the ASEAN

Clean Coal Technologies (CCT) in the ASEAN will play a key role in helping solve the region’s energy trilemma for decades to come.

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Unions Are Fine But the PRO Act Goes Too Far

Since the onset of the industrial revolution, trade unions have played a critical role in ensuring the health and safety of rank-and-file employees in the workplace, and to ensure a decent standard of living for the blue-collar-class.

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Alabama Troopers Escort Workers Past Striking Coal Miners Like They're Working For the Company, Union Says

Members of the United Mine Workers of America are calling attention to the use of the Highway Patrol Division of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency along the picket line at Warrior Met Coal in Tuscaloosa County.

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American Resources Hires Industry Leading Expert to Help With Rare Earth Business Plan

Rodney Campbell will focus on refining and advancing the sampling, handling and analysis of REE feedstocks from the company's acid mine drainage and coal processing waste streams.

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Amid Soaring Natural Gas Prices, a Boost for Coal

Over the last decade, market forces and climate policies have propelled utilities away from coal. But high natural gas prices are nudging more coal into the electricity mix.

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Coal Market Forecast: Will Thermal Coal Price Rally

A combination of surging coal demand – particularly from China, supply constraints in major producers, and tight natural gas supply have resulted in multi-year highs for thermal coal prices.

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US Presses Global 30pc Cut to Methane Emissions

President Joe Biden today urged world leaders to join a "global methane pledge" under which countries would work toward a goal of curbing worldwide emissions of the potent greenhouse gas by at least 30pc below last year's levels by 2030.

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US House Advances Toward Setting First-Ever Royalties on Hard-Rock Mines

Democrats' sweeping climate stimulus package would impose royalties on U.S. hard-rock mining for the first time, and miners fear the fees would kill the domestic industry.

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World's First Battery-Electric Freight Train Appears in US

The locomotive engine reduces emissions by 11 percent in comparison to standard trains, company officials say.

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Maestro Digital Mine Garners Company of the Year at Prestigious Bell Business Excellence Awards

METS Sector digital disruptor, Maestro Digital Mine is being recognized as Company of the Year for its excellence, continuous growth and success in the underground mine sector.

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MSA Safety Cuts Ribbon on New Cranberry Township, PA Manufacturing Facility

The single-story manufacturing facility, which is located next to MSA's global headquarters, will be used primarily for assembly work related to the recent relocation of multiple fixed gas and flame detection (FGFD) product lines from Lake Forest, Calif.

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Illinois' New Energy Plan Doesn't Address Coal Mining

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker vows Illinois will help stop — and even reverse — climate change with a new state law that outlaws coal- and gas-fired electricity by 2045.

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Asia-Pacific Coal Market Strength Lifts NE Asian Prices

The South Korean coal market rebounded sharply this week owing to strength in the Asia-Pacific commodity complex, but despite a weaker domestic demand outlook.

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Randy Eminger, Executive Director, SCARCE, Discusses Saving Coal Power Plants

“The name of our coalition in South Carolina is the South Carolinians for Affordable, Reliable, Clean Electricity (SCARCE),” said Randy Eminger, Executive Director of the Energy Policy Network, in addressing the WVCA Annual Membership Meeting.

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DOE Awards Up to $3 Million for Engagement with Electric Utilities to Support Carbon Management and Energy Storage Technologies

FECM announced up to $3 million in funding for four national public power associations to help increase regional and state-level engagement in DOE’s emerging carbon management work and advance energy storage technologies at power generation facilities.

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Former EPA Chief to Chair Pro-Trump Think Tank's Environmental Center

Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler will chair the America First Policy Institute’s Center for the Environment, the pro-Trump think tank announced Thursday.

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US Companies Tap Coal, Waste for Rare Earth Metals

Energy and environmental companies are advancing projects that can tap into valuable rare earth materials locked up in coal and coal waste, a potential boon for power generators, mine operators and mining communities.

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Increased Demand For Coal as Economy

The demand for coal to generate electricity increases as businesses reopen after COVID-19 shutdowns, and some Kentucky mines could reap the benefits.

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DTEK Agrees With U.S.-Based HC Trading on Supply of 150,000 Tonnes of Coal to Ukraine

It is expected that coal will be delivered to Ukraine in two shiploads: the first in December 2021, the second in January next year.

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Mining Companies Launch International Mining Safety Hub to Help Reduce Fatalities

Various large mining companies have joined hands to launch the International Mining Safety (IMS) Hub – an online hub of industry-endorsed visual safety tools that allow for greater learning opportunities and improved safety for all levels of employees.

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Teck Resources Weighs Sale, Spinoff of $8 Billion Coal Unit

Teck Resources is exploring options for its metallurgical coal business, including a sale or spinoff that could value the unit at as much as $8-billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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Liebherr and ENGIE Partner to Offer Carbon-Neutral Solutions for The Mining Industry Using Hydrogen

Each company will bring its own expertise and knowledge to the table, to tackle the challenges of decarbonising the mining industry.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: September 16, 2021

EIA has updated the Weekly Coal Production report for the week ending September 11, 2021.

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Major Utility Questions Biden's Signature Climate Plan

One of America’s largest power companies is raising concerns that the president’s signature climate proposal would force utilities to develop clean energy “too rapidly.”

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Virginia City Hybrid Coal Plant to Operate Until 2045, Officials Say

Dominion Energy’s Virginia City hybrid coal plant in Wise County is expected to remain in operation for the next 24 years, a company official said.

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Illinois Governor Signs Energy Bill

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was joined by environmental and social justice activists, union representatives, and lawmakers from both parties Wednesday as he signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul.

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Clean Energy Wins and Woes in Biden's Budget

Boosting clean energy is at the heart of the President Biden-backed spending bills in Congress, but somehow, with trillions of dollars at stake, it’s easy to lose sight of the individual policies and proposals that they would fund.

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FERC Staff Issues Whitepaper on Energy and Ancillary Services Market Reforms Ahead of Technical Conferences

On September 7, 2021, FERC staff issued a whitepaper to frame discussions ahead of two technical conferences planning to discuss potential ancillary services reforms.

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Which Countries Have the World's Largest Coal Reserves?

Cheap and abundant coal remains one of the largest sources of energy worldwide, even as governments set out goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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DOE Pressed to Dismantle Industry-Linked Coal Advisory Group

A collection of Western conservation groups is urging the Department of Energy to either disband or restructure its coal advisory group.

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Friends of Coal Message -- Please Act Today!

A message from Chris Hamilton, President & CEO, West Virginia Coal Association.

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Hitachi Highlights Reliable Solutions at MINExpo

Hitachi product experts will be at Booth 8525 (Central Hall) to answer mining questions and discuss Hitachi’s new EX-7 Series mining excavators, haul trucks, sustainability, technology and more.

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China's Coal Output Edges Up in August as Mines Reopen

China’s August coal output edged up from a 26-month low in the prior month, as Beijing re-opened dozens of mines and approved several new ones to ensure supply and cool high prices.

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Prioritizing Coal-to-Products Commercialization is Needed to Revitalize Southern West Virginia Economy

Ground zero for federal efforts to boost communities reeling from the downturn in coal as a major economic driver is focused on Southern West Virginia — where I and many of my close colleagues were born, have lived, studied and worked our entire lives.

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CEPP: Accelerating the Grid Reliability Crisis

Joe Manchin has made it clear he can’t get behind House Democrats’ proposed Clean Electricity Performance Program, which would throw $150 billion at utilities to accelerate the pivot to renewable energy.

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UMWA Grapples With Coal’s Decline, An Uncertain Future

Miners at Warrior Met in Brookwood, Alabama have been on strike since the beginning of April. It’s a rare union action in the American South — especially these days when membership in the UMWA continues to decline.

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Teck Resources Weighs Sale, Spinoff of $8 Billion Coal Unit

Teck Resources is exploring options for its metallurgical coal business, including a sale or spinoff that could value the unit at as much as $8-billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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Cumbria Mine: Net Zero Claims Discussed as Second Week of Public Inquiry Starts

Climate conscious claims by a company hoping to open a coal mine in west Cumbria have been challenged by the organisation it hopes to use to help it meet its net zero challenges.

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9th Annual Coal Dust Run Held in West Virginia

In West Virginia, one of the more unique 5Ks held annually in the Tug Valley area returned this past weekend as the 9th Annual Coal Dust Run was held on Saturday in Williamson.

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Dana Unveils New e-Powershift Transmission and Industrial Gearboxes

Dana Incorporated has debuted the new Spicer Electrified™ e-Powershift transmission, a modular and flexible two-speed solution that offers power take-off (PTO) functionality for electrified heavy-duty mining vehicles.

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MINExpo Highlights Digital Transformation of Mining, Need to Recruit Young Talent

After a year-long delay, MINExpo 2021 – the mining industry’s first big in-person event since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic – kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas.

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Caterpillar and Rio Tinto Sign MoU for Caterpillar's Zero-Emission Autonomous Haul Trucks

Rio Tinto and Caterpillar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Caterpillar’s development of zero-emissions autonomous haul trucks for use at one of Rio Tinto’s Western Australian mining operations.

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Rolls-Royce Presents mtu Hybrid Haul Truck Concept

The new mtu concept for a hybrid haul truck could help cut carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 30%.

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Hexagon Introduces the Power of One at MINExpo

Hexagon’s Mining division today introduced the Power of One, a holistic, life-of-mine smart solution connecting sensors and software, infield apps and cloudware to empower digital transformation.

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Liebherr Unveils Latest Additions to Mining Equipment Portfolio

The display at the expo, which includes products from Liebherr’s Mining, Components, as well as Mobile and Crawler Cranes product segments, showcases Liebherr’s cutting-edge developments improving operational safety, sustainability, and performance.

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China Seen Short 50 Mil mt Met Coal in 2021 Even as Coking Capacity Rises

China is seen falling short of 50 million mt of metallurgical coal in 2021 amid rising domestic coking output capacity, sources said Sept. 15.

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Leaders in Mine Safety and Technology Honored by NMA and NIOSH

The National Mining Association (NMA) will gather today at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2021 to honor outstanding achievements in mine safety and technology.

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Liebherr Open Protocol Autonomy Solutions, Hexagon Mining Pact Come to Light at MINExpo 2021

Liebherr has presented the world premiere of its new Mining Technology Product portfolio at MINExpo 2021, in Las Vegas, which, it says, defines the company’s interoperable and scalable approach to its equipment, technology and service product offerings.

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Hitachi Highlights Reliable Solutions at MINExpo

Hitachi product experts will be at Booth 8525 (Central Hall) to answer mining questions and discuss Hitachi’s new EX-7 Series mining excavators, haul trucks, sustainability, technology and more.

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Roy Hill Sets New Course With Purchase of FLXdrive Battery Locomotive

Roy Hill has announced the purchase of Wabtec’s (NYSE: WAB) FLXdrive battery-electric locomotive, the world’s first 100-percent battery, heavy-haul locomotive for the region and the mining industry.

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What to Watch This Fall at DOE, Interior, FERC

The Biden administration is expected to make pivotal decisions at federal agencies that could steer its clean energy agenda for years, but efforts may be thwarted by senior positions that aren't yet filled, regulations that are running behind and Congress

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Jimmy Brock at MINExpo Opening Session Says Coal Will Not Be Gone in Ten Years

“Pick up any newspaper you want, any publication, and they seem to think that coal mining will be gone in ten years. It will not,” said Jimmy Brock, President and CEO, CONSOL Energy.

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MINExpo Highlights Massive Machines and Technology Advancements for the Mining Industry

Traditionally, MINExpo is held every four years as a means to showcase the latest cutting-edge equipment, innovations, services and technologies that can take mining operations to the next level and ensure long-term growth.

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Engineered Flow Aids Resolve Bulk Material Handling Issues

In order to achieve controlled and consistent flow on conveyors handling large volumes of bulk material, transfer chutes and vessels must be designed not just to accommodate -- but to actually facilitate -- the flow of the cargo they will be handling.

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Xylem To Showcase Holistic Smart Water Management Solutions at MINExpo International 2021

Working in partnership with mining professionals to develop efficient water management solutions, Xylem’s mining expertise boosts the productivity, safety, reliability and sustainability of mine sites across North America and internationally.

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Democrats' Energy Plan Will Kill US Coal by 2030, Miners Say

A plan to push utilities to use more clean energy could eliminate coal from the US power grid by the end of the decade, according to a trade group that represents coal miners.

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House Democrats Seek to Boost US Tax Credits for Clean Energy, Climate Programs

Democrats on the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means late Sept. 10 released a raft of proposed new and revised tax credits as part of a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package aimed in part at avoiding the worst effects of climate change.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: September 13, 2021

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending September 10, 2021.

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Immersive Technologies Launches “World First” Mining Simulator Technology at MINExpo 2021

The PRO5 has been unveiled for the first time publicly at MINExpo, along with the announcement of its new innovations.

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Hundreds Could Lose Jobs as Illinois Lawmakers Look to Close Coal Plants by 2035

The Pritzker administration hopes to close all coal plants in the state by 2035. While environmental groups based in Chicago and advocates see this as a win, it could drastically change power for many communities.

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Caterpillar To Showcase Sustainability, Safety And The Future Of Mining At MINExpo 2021

The 55,000-ft2 exhibit features a broad range of product displays, new equipment introductions, autonomous machines, remote operating stations and previews of what the future holds in the mining industry.

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Metallurgical Coal Producers Association's 2021 Annual Meeting Postponed

Due to the rising concerns around COVID-19/Delta variant, and for the health and safety of all those attending, the board has made the decision to postpone the meeting.

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Epiroc to Acquire Specialist in Mining Vehicle Battery Conversions

Epiroc has agreed to acquire the business and assets of FVT Research Inc., a Canadian company with expertise in converting diesel-powered mining machines to battery-electric vehicles.

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China Snubs Australian Coal, Giving U.S. Coal Producers Breathing Space

China drastically cut the tariffs that it had placed on American coal exports. That has helped it replace Australian supplies while it tries to normalize U.S. trade relations.

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Sens. Manchin, Sanders Square Off as Democrats Clash Over $3.5T Economic Package

A political rift among Democrats over President Joe Biden's economic agenda appeared to widen on Sunday, after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., threatened to vote against a tax-and-spending bill as large as $3.5 trillion.

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Caterpillar Confirms Active Large Mining Shovel Autonomous-Ready & Retrofit to Electric Programs

Caterpillar has a very active next gen large hydraulic mining shovel R&D program which includes looking at teleoperation and autonomy, with prototypes already having run for some time at the Tinaja Hills proving ground in Arizona.

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Orica Helps Clients Target Specific Blast Outcomes in Real Time with 4D Bulk Explosives Tech

Orica has, today, launched 4D™, its latest bulk explosives technology at MINExpo 2021 in Las Vegas, USA.

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Rocky Mountain Mining Institute New Mexico Regional Meeting - Register Now!

The Rocky Mountain Mining Institute New Mexico Regional Meeting will be held October 13-14, 2021 at San Juan Country Club in Farmington, New Mexico.

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Epiroc Sets Industry Standard for Safe and Productive Rock Reinforcement Underground With New Boltec M10 and E10

Epiroc’s new Boltec M10 and Boltec E10 are the answer if you are unwilling to compromise on safety and require increased productivity in mining and civil tunneling.

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Industry Leaders to Kick-Off Show Opening Session Features

On Monday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m., mining’s leaders will take the stage at MINExpo’s Opening Session to discuss the latest trends in mining, its role in the in economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, and what they see for the future.

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9/11 Had Major Impact on Energy Industry -- in Wyoming and Elsewhere

Twenty years ago, after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, shattered Americans’ sense of safety, that stable energy supply didn’t feel like such a given. Suddenly, it seemed more like a vulnerability.

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Illinois House Passes Energy Proposal Ending Coal Burning

Late Thursday, the Illinois House approved an energy policy bill which aims toward a carbon-free future while also using taxpayer money for a $700 million bailout of Commonwealth Edison's parent company, Exelon.

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Liebherr Outlines Mining Equipment Zero Emissions Roadmap Including Agnostic Power & Fuel Approach Ahead of MINExpo

Liebherr says it is researching new technologies to make zero emissions mining a reality.

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Caterpillar Acquires Carbon Capture Company

Headquartered in Rhode Island, CarbonPoint Solutions provides technology to concentrate and capture CO2 for utilization or sequestration. No financial details were provided.

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Louisiana Coal Ship Departures Resume After Hurricane Ida

After an eight-day hiatus due to Hurricane Ida, coal ship departures from Louisiana resumed in the week starting Sept. 5, data from Platts trade-flow software cFlow showed Sept. 10.

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MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® in Las Vegas in Two Days

Only two days till MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2021, the world’s largest mining show, as the global coal industry focuses on attending this important event. Registration is open for this in-person show, which takes place in Las Vegas from September 13-15, 2021

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WVCA & BIC Letters to Senators Manchin and Capito on Clean Energy Standard (CES) and Percentage Depletion Deduction

Enactment of the CES or other extreme carbon legislation would be extremely detrimental to West Virginia’s coal mining, industrial job base and economic health.

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Bridgestone to Showcase Intelligent Products & Integrated Technologies at MINExpo 2021

At MINExpo 2021, Bridgestone says it will be showcasing its mining products, technologies and solutions designed to bring next-level value to customer mining operations.

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Rosenbauer and Volvo Penta Highlight Unconventional Approach to Fire Suppression at Mine Sites During 2021 MINExpo International

Rosenbauer and Volvo Penta are spotlighting the advantages of Rosenbauer PANTHER aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle over traditional structural trucks at this year’s MINExpo International.

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Governor Northam and Congressman Griffith Announce Eight Southwest Virginia Economic Development Projects to Receive Pilot Grants

The program is administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and is designed to boost the local economies of Virginia’s coalfield region.

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Epiroc Wins Large Mining Equipment Order in China

The machines will be used to expand two of its underground iron ore mines in the most safe and productive manner possible.

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Arch Starts Production at Leer South Longwall Mine

Production recently began at the Leer South Longwall Mine in West Virginia, projected to produce up to 4 million st per year of high-vol A metallurgical coal for export into global steel markets, Arch Resources said Sept. 9.

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West Virginia's Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Reflects on Impact of Mine Wars

West Virginia's Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine marked the Blair Mountain Centennial celebration with a day dedicated to exploring the impact of the mine wars Sept. 3.

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Epic Battle Looms as EPA Prepares to Revive Air Toxics Rule

Last year, attorney Robert Cheren was representing a coal company seeking to void EPA’s limits on releases of mercury and other toxic air pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

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Rocky Mountain Mining Institute Tri-State Meeting Hotel Block Expires Today!

The 2021 RMMI Tri-State Regional Meeting will be held September 29-30, 2021 in Billings, Montana.

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Asia's Coal Prices Hit New Highs as Global Utilities Scramble for Fuel

Thermal coal prices across Asia hit new highs this week as China and India restock critically low inventories to meet robust power consumption, industry sources said.

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Bravus Mining and Resources Signs Agreement With MacKellar Group for Carmichael Mine

Bravus Mining and Resources has signed an agreement that will see Queensland family-owned business, MacKellar Group, undertake mining services at the Carmichael Mine for the next five years.

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Natural Gas Prices Are Rising and Could Be the Most Expensive in 13 Years This Winter

Natural gas prices have doubled this year and are expected to continue to rise, resulting in larger winter heating bills for some consumers and higher costs for electric utilities.

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Komatsu to Teleoperate an Excavator in Arizona from MINExpo Show Floor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Separated by more than 400 miles, the Komatsu PC7000-11 and its operator will leverage an Immersive Technologies console that provides the user information and views of what is seen from the machine’s actual cab onsite.

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House Lawmakers Release Early Details of Program That Would Overhaul Electricity Sector and Slash Fossil Fuel Emissions

Lawmakers in the House released early details of a clean electricity program Thursday, which Democrats say would slash fossil fuel emissions by moving the US electric grid to 80% clean energy, like solar and wind.

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Tight Supply Limits US, Canada Coking Coal Exports

Supply constraints weighed on US and Canadian coking coal exports in July, trade data show, as producers were unable to take full advantage of strong Chinese demand for non-Australian coal and high seaborne prices.

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ABB and MEDATech Sign Agreement to Explore Technologies for Net Zero Emissions of Heavy Industrial Machinery in Mining

ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MEDATech to jointly explore solutions to decarbonize mining operations through charging solutions and optimized electric drive systems in battery electric vehicles for heavy-duty applications.

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How Energy Could Help Liz Cheney Regain Her Political Footing

Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney is a pariah in most conservative GOP circles.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: September 9, 2021

EIA has updated the Weekly Coal Production report for the week ending September 4, 2021.

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US Coal Exports Plummet 42.2% on Week of Hurricane Ida

Twenty-nine coal ships carrying nearly 1.48 million dwt of coal departed the US, down 42.2% from 2.55 million dwt on 41 ships the previous week, Platts cFlow trade-flow analytics software showed Sept. 7.

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Judge Deals Blow to Obama Fossil Fuel Royalty Rule

A federal judge yesterday struck down Obama-era regulations on royalty valuations for coal mined from public lands but kept parts of the rule related to oil and gas payments.

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WVPB Reporters Tackle ‘Coal and the Way Forward’ in A New Radio Series

From the conflicts of the Mine Wars-era, to the new fight to survive amid shifts in energy needs and deepening calls for environmental reform, West Virginians have long been searching for a way to make a life alongside -- and beyond -- coal.

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Woke Companies Must Wake Up On ESG

Growing numbers of companies, banks, universities and investment houses are adopting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards and disclosure rules.

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Manchin Lays Out Long List of Demands as Key Senate Chairs Move to Win His Vote

Manchin and his staff have been engaged for weeks in intensive negotiations with the chairs of key Senate committees ahead of his party's release of a sprawling bill to expand the social safety net, laying down his demands on a wide-range of issues.

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Rich Nolan, CEO of NMA, Talks to CoalZoom About MINExpo® - Only Four Days Away

"We couldn't be more excited as the world gets back and prepares for post-pandemic life and economic recovery around the globe. Everything starts in that mode with mining, and the heart of the recovery will be on display at MINExpo®," says Nolan.

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Don’t Jeopardize the Affordability Underpinned by Dispatchable Fuel Diversity

Just a few weeks ago, industry observers declared the end of the era of cheap natural gas.

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Rich Nolan, CEO of NMA, with MINExpo Only Four Days Away, says Net-Negative CO2 Baseload Coal Power is a Fantastic Approach for the Future to Get Utilities Back in the Business of Building New Coal Plants

CoalZoom recently had the opportunity to conduct a number of exclusive online interviews with Rich Nolan, President and CEO, NMA to discuss plans for MINExpo®, which takes place in only four days’ time, as well as the outlook for coal.

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Arch Commences Production at World-Class Leer South Longwall Mine

When fully ramped, the mine is projected to produce up to four million tons per year of premium-quality, High-Vol A metallurgical coal for sale into global steel markets.

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Ready For Reliable Solutions?

Stop by Booth 8525 and dig into Hitachi’s solutions that help deliver efficiency, reliability and durability in the toughest mines.

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Rich Nolan, CEO of NMA, Talks to CoalZoom About MINExpo® - Only Five Days Away

NMA is the only national trade organization that represents the interests of mining before Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, the judiciary, and the media, providing a clear voice for US mining.

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EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook

U.S. natural gas consumption declines in 2021, in part, because electric power generators switch to coal from natural gas as a result of higher natural gas prices. In 2021, we expect residential and commercial natural gas consumption combine

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Safety Program for Surface Mobile Equipment

MSHA today announced a proposed rule requiring mine operators that employ six or more miners to develop a written safety program for mobile equipment and powered haulage equipment (except belt conveyors) used at surface mines and surface areas of undergro

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Putting Worker Safety First at MINExpo® 2021

Mining companies today face complex challenges as never before. Under increasing pressures to create a safe work environment and lower environmental impact, while also reducing costs, mining operations must be more efficient than ever.

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MINExpo® 2021 Showcases Caterpillar’s Expansive Portfolio of Sustainable Power Solutions, Mining Expertise and Global Reach

At MINExpo® 2021 next week, Caterpillar Inc. is highlighting the company’s wide range of industry expertise combined with power solutions that deliver the reliability, efficiency and sustainability for boosting the performance of mining operations.

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EIA Expects Higher Natural Gas Prices as Production Reductions Remain Following Hurricane Ida

In its September Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecast fourth-quarter Henry Hub spot prices to average $4.00 per million British thermal units (MMBtu), a 16% increase from its August forecast.

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Kentucky: Madisonville City Council Holds First Reading on Mining Ordinance Changes

It was a packed room for the Madisonville City Council meeting Tuesday as community members sat in on the first reading of a controversial mining ordinance.

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Flight 93 Crashed Among Coal Mines. Treating the Water There Was No Ordinary Project.

The 757 crashed outside Shanksville, PA leaving a furrow in the ground and a yearning to honor the plane’s 40 passengers and crew.

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UMWA Labor Day Celebration Focuses on Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial, Pending Federal Legislation

The marquee speakers hadn’t yet taken the stage, but retired coal miners Alva Coleman and Danny Whitt stood near the platform with plenty to say on their own.

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UK Whitehaven Coal Mine: Planning Inquiry Risks Being Hijacked

An inquiry into plans for a new coking coal mine must not be "hijacked" into a wider debate about emissions, the prospective operator has said.

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RMMI Tri-State Meeting Hotel Block Ending Soon!

The 2021 RMMI Tri-State Regional Meeting will be held September 29-30, 2021 in Billings, Montana.

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Australian Coal Mine Approved Despite Climate Ruling

Australia's federal government has approved Indian-owned Australian coking coal mining firm Wollongong Coal's plan to restart the Russell Vale Colliery in the Illawarra region of New South Wales (NSW).

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: September 7, 2021

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending September 3, 2021.

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Pennsylvania-Based Robindale Energy Joins Metallurgical Coal Producers Association

“We welcome Robindale to the Metallurgical Coal Producers Association,” said Ben Beakes, president of the association.

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Former Coal Baron Blankenship’s Defamation Suit Aims To Knock Out Trump, Jr.

Don Blankenship just delivered a staggering blow to Donald Trump, Jr., who tried to upend the former coal baron’s 2018 bid for a U.S. Senate seat — a plan that went offtrack when Junior falsely tweeted that Blankenship was a “felon.”

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Zyfra to Present Industrial Internet of Things Platform to the Mining Industry

At MINExpo in Las Vegas, Zyfra, a Finnish-Russian group of companies specializing in AI and IIoT based solutions for mining and other heavy industries, is going to present its Industrial Internet of Things platform (ZIIoT) to the mining industry.

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UK Fires Up Coal Power Plant as Gas Prices Soar

The UK fired up an old coal power plant on Monday to meet its electricity needs.

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China's Tight Environment Curbs Hit Met Coal Sector, Squeezing Supply

Tight control measures implemented by China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment in the third quarter of 2021 has impacted operations of the metallurgical coal sector, leading to a cut in run rates and spot supply squeeze.

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Peabody Announces Expiration And Final Results Of Offer To Purchase Up To $13.281 Million In Aggregate Accreted Value Of Its 8.500% Senior Secured Notes Due 2024

Concurrently with the Offer, Peabody made a debt repurchase offer under the Credit Agreement, dated as of January 29, 2021, among Peabody, the lenders party thereto from time to time and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent.

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Labor Day Lessons From the American Union Movement's Hidden History

In 1921, around 10,000 coal miners in Logan County, West Virginia, who had been trying to unionize with the United Mine Workers of America went to war against about 3,000 coal bosses, state police, private security forces and scabs.

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Geoslam Launches New Underground Mining Solutions

Global geospatial mapping specialist, GeoSLAM, has expanded its mining offering, building on its world-leading reputation in the sector to provide advanced underground mining solutions.

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West Virginia Governor States Determination to See King Coal Highway Finished

WV Gov. Jim Justice says he is determined to see three major highway projects in the state completed, including King Coal Highway.

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Mine Accident Sends China Met Coal Prices Above $600/t

Chinese top-tier domestic metallurgical coal prices have extended a record run above the equivalent of $600/t after a fatal accident forced mine shutdowns in the country's largest supply region.

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MINExpo 2021: Scania is Driving the Shift With its 8x4 Heavy Tipper

Tight control measures implemented by China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment in the third quarter of 2021 has impacted operations of the metallurgical coal sector, leading to a cut in run rates and spot supply squeeze.

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Happy Labor Day From CoalZoom.com!

CoalZoom Wishes You and Your Families a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

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American Resources Begins Sifting Coal Mining Waste to Produce Rare Earth Elements

When American Resources Corp. (NASDAQ: AREC) reported quarterly results in late July, the company said it created a wholly-owned subsidiary, American Rare Earth, to explore and monetize rare earth mineral deposits.

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MINExpo® 2021: Scania is Driving the Shift With its 8x4 Heavy Tipper

"We have the tools to prove that mining operations are among those industries where a shift towards sustainable solutions is beneficial for all parties involved," says Sven-Erik Gustafsson, Head of Scania Mining.

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New Book Highlights Golden History of West Virginia Town

A photographer’s efforts and an historical interpreter’s research have come together to create a new book that describes a small town enriched by the history of residents who became coalfield millionaires and built the homes to prove it.

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Australia Stands By Coal Beyond 2030 After UN Warns of Economic Havoc

The Australian government said Monday that the country would keep producing and exporting coal "well beyond 2030," despite a stark warning from a top UN climate official that failing to scrap the fossil fuel will "wreak havoc" on the economy.

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Coal Industry Has a Strong Future in Australis

Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, says coal will remain a significant contributor to the Australian economy well beyond 2030 as global demand continues to grow.

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Clean Energy Bill With 2045 Closure Date for CWLP Plant and Prairie State Passed by Senate

Premature closures would put thousands of plant employees and union tradesmen and tradeswomen out of work, CWLP and Prairie State officials have said.

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A Longwall Upgrade Contract in Poland Plus Major Roof Support Orders in the US and Russia Boost FAMUR's 2021

Two export contracts booked in August in particular are a major boost following flat H1 2021 results, which saw revenues of PLN518 million, some 9% lower compared to the same period in 2020.

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UK: Cumbria's New Coal Mine Set to Be Finalised Either Way at National Inquiry

The planning inspectorate is set to hold an inquiry into West Cumbria Mining’s application for a coking coal mine off the coast of Whitehaven.

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James T. 'Timmy' Ramey, Founder of Mining Manufacturing Inc., Passes Away

Tim was the owner of Mining Manufacturing Inc., which he personally started from the ground up, growing it into an enterprise.

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Resurgent Coal Market Hits New High as Chinese, Indian Economies Gather Steam

Soaring demand for electricity in China and India has put a rocket under the coal market with prices for the fossil fuel hitting a record high despite efforts to de-carbonise the global economy.

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UK: National Miners' Memorial Unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire

The formal unveiling and dedication of the National Miners' Memorial has taken place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this morning to pay tribute to men, women, and children who worked in the coal mining industry over hundreds of years.

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Deadly 1921 Coal Miner Revolt in West Virginia Remembered

Fed up with the deadly work and poor wages and living conditions, thousands of coal miners marched to unionize in West Virginia a century ago, resulting in a deadly clash and the largest U.S. armed uprising since the Civil War.

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Senate Democrats Float Tax Options to Pay for Biden's Multi-Trillion Dollar Plan

A document circulated by the Senate Finance Committee includes a wide range of policy ideas to fund the proposal. But they haven't all been agreed to yet.

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Biden Wrong on Fires and Ida

President Biden said, “The past few days of Hurricane Ida and the unprecedented flash floods in New York and New Jersey is yet another reminder these extreme storms and the climate crisis are here."

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Judge Upholds Coal Magnate’s Lawsuit Against Donald Trump Jr.

The lawsuit stems from comments that Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump, made about coal baron Don Blankenship during West Virginia's 2018 U.S. Senate race, which found Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin being reelected.

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UK: Cumbria's New Coal Set to be Finalized Either Way at National Inquiry

An inquiry into a planning application for a new coal mine in Cumbria is set to begin this coming week. The planning inspectorate is set to hold an inquiry into West Cumbria Mining’s application for a coking coal mine off the coast of Whitehaven.

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FAMUR Announces 1H21 and 2Q21 Results

The FAMUR Group's revenues in 2Q21 amounted to PLN 244 million, growing by 9% compared to the same period last year. EBITDA was PLN 70 million, and the EBITDA margin was 29% revenues.

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Agreement Paves Way for Peabody Energy's Shoal Creek Mine to Reopen

The United Mine Workers of America today announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with Peabody Energy that could reopen the company’s Shoal Creek mine.

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Monorail Schedule and Discount Tickets for MINExpo® Attendees

The Las Vegas Monorail is convenient and easy. Discount tickets for MINExpo® attendees are available at:

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Coal: Low Supplies And Rising Demand

Addressing climate change has caused mining companies to curtail their coal operations, creating a strain on coal’s fundamental equation. Coal prices have been rising over the past year.

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Dalian Coking Coal, Coal Futures Hit Record Highs on Supply Woes

Chinese coking coal futures soared 8% to hit their daily upper limit and an all-time high on Thursday, fuelling a rally in coke prices too, as sluggish imports and production control at mines stoked supply concerns.

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Why Canada Could Be Burning Coal Well Beyond the 2030 Deadline Set By the Liberals

Despite what Canadians have been told, some parts of the country could be burning coal well beyond the 2030 deadline set by the Liberals in 2016.

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West Virginia Governor Deserves Fair Coverage

Op-Ed published in West Virginia's Charleston Gazette-Mail.

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Five Education Sessions Address Industry Issues At MINExpo®

During the three days of MINExpo® 2021, industry experts come together to share information, best practices and lessons learned with attendees. The sessions will be held in the South Bldg, Room 219.

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NETZSCH to Highlight Compact Movable Dewatering Pumps and Other Challenging Mining Applications at MINExpo® 2021

Visit Booth #336 North at MINExpo® 2021 to learn about safe, reliable, and cost-efficient mine dewatering pumps and pump skids ideal for when compact and movable units are required.

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China Puts Price Controls on Domestic Metallurgical Coal

China's National Development and Reform Commission has imposed price controls on domestic coking coal following the recent rally in the market, several sources close to the matter told S&P Global Platts Sept. 2.

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Epiroc Appoints Charlotta Grähs as New General Counsel

Epiroc has appointed Charlotta Grähs as Senior Vice President General Counsel and member of Group Management, effective not later than March 1, 2022. Charlotta Grähs will succeed Jörgen Ekelöw, who will retire.

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Complimentary Shuttle Bus at MINExpo® 2021

Shuttle Bus Routes and Boarding Locations.

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Our Back Yard: A Scenic Road Trip Through New River's Historic Mining Settlements

Narrow and winding S.R. 116 passes through many communities along the headwaters of New River in the Cumberland Mountains.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: September 2, 2021

EIA has updated the Weekly Coal Production report for the week ending August 28, 2021.

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Coal Prices Lack Room to Fall

There is little room for China's domestic coal prices to decline sharply in the near term, said China Coal Energy, the listed subsidiary of major state-controlled producer China Coal.

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UK's West Cumbria Mining to Explain Plans for Net-Zero Underground Coal Mine

West Cumbria Mining (WCM) will explain its plans for the world’s first ‘net-zero’ underground coal mine at the forthcoming public inquiry, which is scheduled to commence on 7 September 2021 and to last for four weeks.

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DOE Awards $30M to Secure Domestic Supply Chain of Critical Materials

DOE today announced $30 million in funding for 13 national lab and university-led research projects to develop new technologies that will help secure the supply of critical materials that build clean energy technologies.

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Old Construction, Mining Equipment Show Set

Ohio's 18th-annual Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show will be held Sept. 11 and 12 on state Route 519 (43672 Stumptown Road), between U.S. Route 22 and New Athens.

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Sandvik Launches 15-Tonne Toro™ LH515i Underground Loader

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is launching a new, higher-capacity 15-tonne size class loader as a next generation model for the current 14-tonne Sandvik LH514.

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Pennsylvania's CONSOL Coal Mine Area Evacuated Due to Methane Accumulation

Miners were evacuated Aug. 26 at CONSOL Energy's Enlow Fork mine in Enon, Pennsylvania, due to the accumulation of methane near a section's last open crosscut.

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Entech Becomes the Exclusive Operational Mining Equipment Distributor for the Corum Group in North American and Australia

As traditional suppliers of mining equipment have cut back on production, they have modified their business strategy migrating outside of North America and Australia, leaving many mining operations without equipment supply alternatives.

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Colombian Fund Buys CNR, Eyes 2 Million T Coal Output by 2022

Colombian coal mining firm Colombian Natural Resources (CNR) will gradually resume production after being bought by an investment firm, energy and mining minister Diego Mesa said.

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Types of Coal and Fuel Blending Tips for Coal Power Plants

There are a handful of reasons why coal-fired power plant managers may want to blend fuel, but often the driving factor is economics.

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Kerry Warns Nations Are Running Out of Time to Decarbonize and Challenges China to Move Away From Coal

US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry said in remarks released Tuesday that he is confident the world's largest fossil fuel emitters will ultimately decarbonize.

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Biggest Coal Miner Gets First Woman Engineer for Underground Job

It took nearly 50 years, but the world’s top coal miner Coal India Ltd. finally hired its first woman engineer to work in an underground mine.

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Reshaping the U.S. Electricity Mix by 2030 is Full of Potential Pitfalls – Just Ask European Consumers

Proposing to upend the nation’s electricity mix and do it at warp speed is policy that at the very least deserves transparent discussion and requires extensive planning. Tucked into the reconciliation package is just such a proposal.

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Pennsylvania's Carbon Plan Clears Last Regulatory Hurdle

The centerpiece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to fight climate change passed its last regulatory hurdle Wednesday, in a hard-fought bid to make Pennsylvania the first major fossil fuel state to adopt a carbon pricing policy.

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Recent M&As Boost Metinvest's Met Coal, Long Rolled Steel Production

Ukrainian mining and steel company Metinvest is ramping up output at its newly acquired coking coal enterprise, stabilizing production at recently purchased steelworks, and drafting its first strategy on decarbonization.

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Schedule of Events for the Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial 1921-2021

Reflect on the human aspect of this epic conflict by looking into the faces of the people involved in the Battle of Blair Mountain.

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Coal Play Runs For Two More Weekends

The Aracoma Story Inc. debuted its stage production of “COAL,” an original show inspired by the true events of the mine wars in Logan County in 1921, on Friday at Chief Logan State Park’s Liz Spurlock Amphitheater.

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Jim Justice Companies, Carter Bank and Trust Reach Resolution to End Legal Squabbles, Restore Previous Business Relationship

James C. Justice III and Jillean L. Justice announced late Tuesday that the Justice group of companies has successfully concluded a number of matters relating to Carter Bank and Trust, one of the companies’ longtime financing partners.

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Six U.S. States Accounted For Over Half of the Primary Energy Produced in 2019

In 2019, the top six primary energy-producing states—Texas, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and North Dakota—accounted for 55 quadrillion British thermal units (quads), or 55% of all of the primary energy produced in the U.S.

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Labor Unrest Threatens to Disrupt Commodities Boom

A rush of labor strikes rattled mine operators this summer as negotiations and walkouts at operations across the Western Hemisphere threatened to exacerbate a supply crunch for key metals needed to transition the world to clean energy.

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Can Warrior Met Coal Inc (HCC) Stock Rise to the Top of Basic Materials Sector Monday?

Warrior Met Coal Inc (HCC) is near the top in its sector according to InvestorsObserver. HCC gets an overall rating of 27. That means it scores higher than 27% of stocks.

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Women Working in Mining Industry the Key to Fixing Worst Gender Pay Gap in Australia, Expert Says

Getting women into high paying industries like mining is the key to closing West Australia's gender pay gap, according to gender pay analysts.

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Coal Output Rose in First Half of 2021 But Employment Continues Decline

U.S. coal production bounced back in the first half of 2021 from early pandemic lows set in the first half of 2020, but average quarterly employment in the sector has not similarly recovered.

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$125K Scholarship Gift Benefits Students at WVU Tech

Charles Lilly established the Joe D. Lilly Endowed Business Scholarship to simultaneously honor his father and give back to the region where he grew up.

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