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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: August 22, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending August 17, 2019.

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Walking the Reliability Tightrope in Texas

The Texas electricity market is nothing if not unique. It has been described as having a “Vegas-like quality,” referring to its boom and bust potential.

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American Electric Power Service Corporation Seeks Bids For Coal

American Electric Power has issued a request for proposal for the supply of coal to one or more of its generating stations in multiple coal regions.

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Contura Signs Three-Year Deal With Kentucky Utilities

Contura signed a deal to supply 1.25 million st of Northern Appalachia barge coal to Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, while the utilities also added an additional 300,000 st of barge coal for 2019 to its contract with Murray Energy.

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U.S. Fossil Fuel Official Tours Wyoming Amid Coal Shutdowns

The U.S. government official who oversees research into fossil fuel technology is visiting Wyoming at a crucial time for the coal-mining state.

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Weak Export Prices Tip North America Coal Outlook to Negative

The profitability of North American coal miners is set to worsen in the next 12 to 18 months on the back of an expected decrease in export prices for thermal coal, particularly in Europe, combined with mostly open contract positions for some producers in

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'No Pay, We Stay': 23 Days Into Train Blockade Protest, Kentucky Coal Miners Demand Stolen Wages With Support of Progressives Nationwide

As of Wednesday, coal miners in Cumberland, Kentucky are now 23 days into a train blockade that they say will go on until their former company pays them.

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Moody's Changes Coal Industry Outlook to Negative as Export Prices Weaken

Moody's expects coal sector EBITDA to decline more than 3% over the next 12 months.

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Mines No Safer Despite $1 Billion In Fines, Federal Audit Says

An audit of the federal system that fines mining companies for unsafe conditions found no evidence that more than $1 billion in mine safety penalties over 18 years deterred unsafe mining practices.

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Tom Clarke The Back-Up Bidder On Cloud Peak Mines

Virginia businessman Tom Clarke, who recently came close to owning Westmoreland's Kemmerer mine, appears to be the back-up bidder in Cloud Peak Energy's asset sale. That comes despite his name not being immediately connected to the LLC in public court doc

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American Resources Corporation Announces Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock and Warrants

American Resources Corporation has announced that it intends to offer for sale a combination of shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering.

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Caterpillar to Present New Longwall Mining Products and Advanced Technologies at Katowice Mining Fair

Caterpillar will present a number of new longwall mining products and solutions at the International Trade Fair for Mining, Power Generation and Metallurgy, September 10 through 13 in Katowice, Poland.

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Proud to be a Coal Miner's Warriors

During the previous presidential administration, we all became coal miner’s warriors fighting to preserve the jobs of relatives, friends, and neighbors from the perverse edicts being issued in Washington for the express purpose of destroying the mining in

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Appeals Court Deals Blow to Big Coal Export Terminal Proposed for Longview, Washington

The Washington State Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of Natural Resources had a valid reason when it refused to lease state-owned aquatic lands to Millennium Bulk Terminals.

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Blackjewel Agrees to Halt Coal Movement in Kentucky and Virginia

The agreement is in response to federal labor officials intervening in Blackjewel’s bankruptcy proceedings to halt the transport and sale of coal until miners get paid.

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EIA Launches Redesigned Hourly Electric Grid Monitor With New Data and Functionality

Today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration launches a beta release of its new Hourly Electric Grid Monitor, a redesigned and enhanced version of EIA’s existing U.S. Electric System Operating Data website.

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Cloud Peak Energy Announces Navajo Transitional Energy Company as Winning Bidder for Substantially All of Its Assets in Competitive Auction as Part of Chapter 11 Process

The key financial terms of the consideration provided by NTEC include, among others, a $15.7 million cash payment at closing, a $40 million second lien promissory note and a 5-year term royalty on future tons produced.

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Komatsu's New D155AX-8 LGP (Low Ground Pressure) Dozer is Excellent in Many Applications, Including Gas & Pipeline

Komatsu America today introduced its new 354 horsepower D155AX-8 LGP (low ground pressure) dozer which incorporates the proven Komatsu technology used in the D155AX-8, enhanced with two blade options and more track on the ground.

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Corsa Coal Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter 2019

Corsa reported net and comprehensive income from continuing operations of $3.6 million.

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Paringa Resources Provides Operations Update for Poplar Grove Mine

An extended cut plan for Unit 1 at Poplar Grove has been approved, enabling the CMs to increase the depth of each cut into the coal seam from 20 ft to 40 ft.

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The Top Five Coal Producing Countries in the World

Who are the leading coal-producing countries in the world and how much do they produce?

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Federal Judge Approves NTEC's Purchase of Coal Mines in Wyoming, Montana

The Navajo Transitional Energy Company received approval from a federal judge to purchase three coal mines in northeast Wyoming and southwest Montana from Cloud Peak Energy, a company that filed bankruptcy this year.

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Report Reveals Which Blackjewel Virginia Mines Were Sold to Rhino Energy

A report filed by coal operator Rhino Resource Partners reveals which mines the company agreed to purchase from bankrupt Blackjewel during an auction earlier this month.

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MSHA Fatality Alert - Fatality #14 - August 7, 2019

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, a 42-year-old preparation plant electrician with 15 years of mining experience was electrocuted when he contacted an energized connection of a 4,160 VAC electrical circuit.

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Volunteers Meet for Final Meeting Before 2019 Bluefield Coal Show

Volunteers meet for final meeting before 2019 Bluefield Coal Show

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Central Appalachian Coal Operators Rebuild

Every bit of good news from the CAPP region seems to be followed by bad news these days, but at least there is some good news. Three large coal operators announced new met projects for West Virginia.

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Blackjewel Agrees to Halt Virginia Coal

Bankrupt coal producer Blackjewel LLC, an affiliated marketing company and the U.S. Department of Labor have agreed to a number of stipulations that will halt the transport of coal at three sites in Virginia until the issue of idled employees receiving ov

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The Heart of Appalachia

The struggles with day-to-day life in Central Appalachia have been well-documented. It’s a hard-scrabble life and the odds are certainly stacked against the younger generation in the region climbing to the top like Chris Cline did.

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Kentucky Coal Jobs Drop Significantly in Recent Months

The number of coal jobs in Eastern Kentucky dropped significantly in the second quarter of 2019, according to a report from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

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BHP to Weigh Pullout From Coal Mining, CEO Says

BHP is considering selling off coal assets, CEO Andrew Mackenzie, a move that would join global peers in the move toward environmentally sustainable businesses.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: August 19, 2019

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending August 16, 2019.

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Arch Coal Inc Director Holly K. Koeppel Acquires 2,200 Shares

Arch Coal Inc. Director Holly K. Koeppel bought 2,200 shares of Arch Coal stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 1st. The shares were purchased at an average price of $89.02 per share, for a total transaction of $195,844.00.

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CONSOL Coal Resources LP’s Financial Results Comparing With CONSOL Energy Inc.

We are comparing CONSOL Coal Resources LP (NYSE:CCR) and CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CEIX) on their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

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Major Coal Plant Closures Show How Coal Industry Is Dying Faster Than Expected

Coal plant closings are increasing in the United States, but this year will see some of the country's heaviest emitters of greenhouse gases shut down as alternative sources like renewables continue to drop in price relative to coal.

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Weekly Coal Ship Departures at Dominion Terminal Fall to Nine-Month Low

Dominion Terminal Associates loaded and exported a nine-month low 45,011 st of coal on one coal carrier at its Newport News, Virginia, pier in the week ended Friday, down from a four-month high five ships that exported 363,994 st a week earlier, company d

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Navajo Transitional Energy Company Invests in USA Rare Earth LLC and its Development of the Round Top Rare Earth Project in Texas

USA Rare Earth, LLC has announced that the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, a company formed under the laws of the Navajo Nation, has concluded a strategic transaction whereby NTEC has made an investment in USA Rare Earth, LLC.

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Cummins Powers Up For AIMEX Show

The Cummins stand at the upcoming AIMEX event in Sydney, Australia, will feature its QSK60 MCRS ‘Advantage’ engine, a rare 1922 3 hp engine and the new HSK78G gas generator set.

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China Provides $1 Billion in Green Finance to Coal Projects in First Half of the Year

Chinese financial institutions provided at least $1 billion in “green” financing to coal-related projects in the first half of this year, a review of financial data showed, with fossil fuels still playing a major role in Beijing’s energy strategy.

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Queensland Mining Industry Reaffirms Commitment to Safety Reset

Queensland’s mining industry has reaffirmed its commitment to a safety reset at all mine sites, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

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Unpaid Miners Blocked a Coal Train in Protest. Weeks Later, They’re Still There.

A protest that began with five men blocking a train full of coal has grown into a small 24-hour tent city along some railroad tracks next to the highway.

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1,320MW Coal-Fired Hub Power Plant Commissioned in Pakistan

In Islamabad, Pakistan, the government confirmed on Sun­day successful commercial operations of a $2 billion 1,320MW coal-fired power plant set up by the China Power Hub Generation Company under the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor project.

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U.S. Fossil Energy Secretary to Visit University of Wyoming

Winberg and several department staff members are touring Wyoming’s energy industry and research facilities over the course of three days.

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New Bill Would Close Loophole That Left Kentucky Miners With Cold Checks

The bill would also compel state agencies to determine whether other companies are currently in violation of the law, and could revoke mining permits if the companies don't comply.

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16th Annual Old Construction & Mining Equipment Show September 7 & 8, 2019 New Athens, Ohio

Antique trucks, construction, and mining will be on static display and in operation throughout the weekend.

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National Mining Hall of Fame Tickets & Tables Available NOW for Mining Hall of Fame's 32nd Annual Induction Banquet

Join us in celebrating the achievements this year's inductees (or people of mining) Honor Mining's Past and Present.

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Opening Eyes to the Risk of Operator Fatigue

A recent Fatigue Risk Assessment on a mine site quickly opened the company’s eyes to the prevalence of operators falling asleep at the wheel of their 400-ton haul trucks.

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Coal India Arm Adds 6.6 Billion Tonnes of Coal to Proven Category

Coal India arm, Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Ltd (CMPDIL), prepared 24 geological reports on coal blocks and added additional coal resources of about 6.6 billion tonnes to the ‘proven category’ during 2018-19.

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Bankrupt Cloud Peak Finds New Owner for its Wyoming Mines

Another coal giant is on track to sunset in the Powder River Basin.

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New Mexico City Aims to Keep Open Coal-Fired Power Plant

Farmington, New Mexico city officials on Friday signed an agreement with a company that proposes outfitting the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station with carbon-capture technology in an effort to extend the power plant’s life beyond its planned closure

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Hampton Roads Coal Exports Fall to 2.5-Year Low in July

Coal exports out of the terminals in the Hampton Roads region in Virginia were at a 2.5-year low 2.49 million st in July, down 11.7% from 2.82 million st in June, Virginia Maritime Association data showed Thursday.

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New Caterpillar Facility Promotes Collaboration and Innovation

When the Caterpillar Tucson Mining Center opened in Tucson, Arizona, USA, in April 2019, it brought together several different entities that support surface mines around the world.

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Sunrise Coal Miners Learning in Annual Training, Use Simulated Mine

Miners with Sunrise Coal in Oaktown, Indiana took part in annual refresher training at Vincennes University’s fort branch building.

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Indonesian Coal Prices Hold Steady

Indonesian physical thermal coal prices held steady today, but trade was at a near standstill as market participants waited for the results to emerge of a Chinese utility's tender to buy.

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Texas Grid Emergency Has Its Roots in Coal Retirements

Hot summer weather has pushed real -time power prices in Texas to their price cap of $9,000 per megawatt-hour twice this week.

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Cloud Peak Energy Announces Navajo Transitional Energy Company as Winning Bidder for Substantially All of Its Assets in Competitive Auction as Part of Chapter 11 Process

The key financial terms of the consideration provided by NTEC include, among others, a $15.7 million cash payment at closing, a $40 million second lien promissory note and a 5-year term royalty on future tons produced.

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Corsa Announces Credit Facility Refinancing

Corsa Coal Corp. has announced that certain wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company, as borrowers, have entered into a senior secured revolving credit facility with KeyBank National Association for up to US$25 million.

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UMWA Sues West Virginia Governor's Companies Over Healthcare Bills for Retirees

The United Mine Workers union is taking coal companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice to court over unpaid medical benefits for retirees.

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Trump's U.N. Ambassador Confronts Ethics Questions Over Climate Change

President Donald Trump’s new ambassador to the United Nations will decide whether to recuse herself from issues involving fossil fuels on a case-by-case basis after a recent briefing with ethics lawyers, State Department officials said.

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As Market Fault Lines Emerge, Where Could Stranded Costs Develop?

S&P Global Market Intelligence recently highlighted the possibility that stranded costs in the electric sector could emerge again, 20 years after a wholesale restructuring of the industry that was intended to mitigate this type of risk.

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Coal Mines Still Idle as Purchase Talks Continue

Coal giant Contura Energy has yet to complete the purchase of two Wyoming mines from bankrupt operator Blackjewel, according to a quarterly report released Wednesday.

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Coal Slump Continues

S&P Global Market Intelligence says US coal exports were flat quarter-on-quarter in the three months to June 30, but well down on the same period in 2018 as shipments to major market India slumped.

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Hampton Roads Coal Exports Fall to 2.5-Year Low in July

Coal exports out of the terminals in the Hampton Roads region in Virginia were at a 2.5-year low 2.49 million st in July, down 11.7% from 2.82 million st in June, Virginia Maritime Association data showed Thursday.

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MSHA Fatality Alert - July 31, 2019

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, a 62-year-old contractor with 30 years of mining experience sustained fatal injuries when three methane ignitions occurred in an air shaft.

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Carbon Pricing Is Not a Fix for Climate Change

There is much talk today about carbon pricing to reduce CO2 emissions and address climate change. Unlike many environmental pollutants that have a local or regional impact, carbon dioxide is global—there is only one atmosphere.

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Labor Officials Want Transport of Blackjewel Coal Halted Until Miners Get Backpay

Labor officials said the coal mined by Blackjewel and stockpiled in Raven and Honaker should be considered “hot goods.” That means labor officials consider the coal produced in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Contura CEO: It's Possible Eagle Butte, Belle Ayr Coal Mines Will Never Reopen

While Contura Energy Inc. continues to negotiate with the federal government to close its deal to buy the mines from bankrupt Blackjewel LLC, the deal may not be completed before Blackjewel runs out of money and has to liquidate the mines.

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Wall Street, Former CEO Seek to Get Paid While Blackjewel Miners Wait for Back Wages

Since July 29, coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky have blocked a coal train demanding to receive pay for the work they did for Blackjewel, LLC, which recently declared bankruptcy and has begun selling off assets.

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Coal's Last Healthy Market Fades as Trade Woes Weigh on Steel

Prices for steelmaking coal, which has sustained miners as exports decline and power plants forsake the fuel, are down 22% since May as concerns about the global economy weigh on demand for steel.

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Reaching Out to the Next Generation

Members of Scouting organizations from 145 countries recently gathered in Glen Jean, West Virginia, USA, for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

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China Increases Russian Coal Imports

China's first-half receipts of Russian thermal coal rose by 15pc from a year earlier to 9.4mn t, Chinese customs data show, with imports of bituminous coal registering the most significant growth.

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Factbox: U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants Scheduled to Shut

U.S. power companies expect to retire or convert from coal to gas over 10,600 megawatts of coal-fired plants in 2019 after shutting over 13,000 MW in 2018.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: August 15, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending August 10, 2019.

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Analysis: In India's Energy Mix, Gas Faces Tough Battle With Coal

India is stepping up efforts to raise the share of gas in its energy basket, but consumption is unlikely to move ahead at a pace the government is aiming for as infrastructural and pricing hurdles erode its competitiveness with cheaper fuels such as coal.

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Coal Industry Looks to Robots for Increased Safety

The dangers of coal mining have long been a concern in China, with accidents and fatalities commonplace, largely due to poor infrastructure and low risk awareness.

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Ramaco Resources Reports Strong Q2 Driven by Met Coal Sales, Domestic Portfolio

Ramaco Resources reported one of its strongest quarters yet driven by its focus on metallurgical coal sales and a strong domestic portfolio, executives said Wednesday.

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NASA Robots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels

Robots are about to go underground — for a competition anyways.

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The Texas Reliability Two Step

The Texas grid has been pushed to its limits this week. Demand for power has exceeded supply, prices have soared and energy experts and consumers alike have waited with bated breath for rolling brownouts or blackouts.

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Wyoming Mines Remain Idle as Coal Giant Tries to Secure Agreement With Feds

Coal giant Contura Energy has yet to complete the purchase of two Wyoming mines from bankrupt operator Blackjewel, according to a quarterly report released Wednesday.

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Judge Bars Trump From Taking Energy Panel's Advice

A judge barred the Trump administration on Tuesday from acting on the recommendations of an energy advisory panel that was created to make it easier to extract fossil fuels from public lands and waters.

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CBF Kentucky Shows Solidarity With Protesting Coal Miners

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky volunteers from various churches traveled Aug. 4 to Harlan County to join laborers blockading railroad tracks leading to a coal mine that closed abruptly while owing them weeks of back pay.

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Australia Rejects Calls by Climate-Hit Neighbors to Ditch Coal

Australia is pushing back against calls from Pacific Island leaders to ditch its commitment to coal mining to help combat climate change, saying its neighbors need to respect the country's reliance on the industry.

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Contura Not Particularly Interested in PRB Long-Term

Nearly 600 locked-out Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal miners waiting for a call to return to work may not get that call.

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Researchers Build Cannon to Test Seals in Coal Mines

Mining and explosives engineering researchers at Missouri S&T began testing concrete seals used to close coal mine tunnels this month by loading a cannon with projectiles, shooting them at the seals and testing their impact.

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Contura Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

"Our strong second quarter performance reflects Contura's upside potential as the nation's leading metallurgical coal producer, and I believe that we are well positioned for continued future success," said chairman and CEO, David Stetson.

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Department of Labor Asks Judge to Halt Movement of Blackjewel Coal

The U.S. Department of Labor is asking a federal judge to halt the movement of coal from two Virginia facilities owned by bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC until idled workers receive overdue pay.

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American Resources Reports Record Q2 Coal Production and 30% Increase in Sales on Year

Metallurgical coal producer American Resources has reported its best quarterly coal production, along with a 30% year-over-year increase in coal sales, in its second-quarter earnings filing.

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West Virginia Attorney General Issues Statement on Lawsuit That Attacks West Virginia Coal

“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle are dead wrong in their interpretation of the Clean Air Act," said West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

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Miners Who Started Protest Reflect on Blackjewel Saga

"It's something for our children to look up to, and to other miners families that can look up to and go 'hey when times are hard you have to unite, stick together, and really stand up for your rights,'" said Jeff Willig, a former Blackjewel miner.

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Contura Announces Board and Leadership Changes

Contura Energy, Inc., a leading U.S. coal supplier, has announced a number of changes to both its board of directors and senior management.

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Corsa Coal Announces Results of Annual and Special Meeting

Corsa Coal Corp. has announced the results of its annual and special meeting of shareholders held yesterday.

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Blackhawk Mining to Host Job Fair

The company is looking for experienced underground miners. Open positions include, but are not limited to: Section Foreman, Electrician, Equipment Operators, Fireboss, and General Labor.

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Ramaco Resources, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Ramaco Resources, Inc. has reported second quarter net income of $10.6 million, or $0.26 per fully diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, as compared to a net income of $10.2 million in the prior year quarter ended June 30, 2018.

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21 States Sue Trump Administration Over New Coal Rules

A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry.

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Kentucky Attorney General's Office Reviewing Coal Companies to Prevent Blackjewel Situation From Happening Again

After Blackjewel declared bankruptcy on July 1st, its workers' paychecks were clawed back from their banks. This caused many to be as much as $3,000 in the hole.

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IEEFA U.S.: Powder River Basin Mines May Reopen, But the Bad News is Far From Over

The immediate future of two large coal mines in the Powder River Basin may have become clearer last week, with a winning bid from Contura Energy in the bankruptcy auction of Blackjewel.

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ASGCO® Announces Their Improved Line of Sure Grip™ Belt Clamps!

Designed to secure the belt for safe repair, the BC6 (6 Tons) and BC8 (8 Tons) Sure Grip™ Belt Clamps were created for maximum grip! Capable to handle more weight and work in any condition, they replace the existing BC5 (5 Tons) and BC7 (7 Tons) models.

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Rajant Showcases Fully Mobile, Underground Mine Connectivity in Sydney, Australia for AIMEX 2019 With Solution Partners

Rajant Corporation, the exclusive provider of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, will be attending AIMEX, which takes place at the Sydney Showground in Sydney, Australia.

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Steel Output Lifts India's June Coking Coal Imports

Indian coking coal imports in June rose compared with the same month last year as expanded steel production increased demand.

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Illinois: Carbondale Leaders Join Opposition of Wastewater Dumping Proposal

The owners of Pond Creek Mine in Illinois faced more pushback Monday night.

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A Coal Proponent Attacked a Federal Regulator as Being Run by Radical Environmentalists. Now He's a Senior Official at That Agency.

Christian Palich, the former president of the Ohio Coal Association, has described himself as a “leading, national voice” on energy issues.

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TODAY LAST CHANCE to Advertise in Award - Winning Bluefield Coal Show Directory

The Bluefield Coal Show, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias (formerly the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce) is only four weeks away being held September 11-13.

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ESA Revisions Return Law to Its Intended Purpose While Restoring Business Certainty

The National Mining Association has welcomed the revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) set forth by the Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries.

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American Resources Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

American Resources Corporation reported a net loss from operations of $3.35 million, or a loss of $0.14 per share, compared with a net loss from operations of $1.99 million, or a loss of $2.23 per share, in the prior-year period.

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San Antonio's Southwest Research Institute Lands $3 Million to Design Cleaner Coal Plant

The plant, which would be built at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, would use pure oxygen to reduce pollutants normally associated with coal, said Joshua Schmitt, the SwRI research engineer directing the project.

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DOE Officials to Review Wyoming Carbon Capture Efforts

A top ranking Department of Energy official will review the state of Wyoming's clean-coal research efforts this month.

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Another Coal Layoff Leaves More Than 50 Without Jobs

An early morning meeting left more than 50 JRL coal miners without jobs in Harlan County, Kentucky.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: August 12, 2019

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending August 9, 2019.

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Organizers: September’s Bluefield Coal Show Progressing to be ‘Excellent’

The 23rd biennial coal show, which will be held at the Brushfork Armory Sept. 11-13, is hosted every other year and is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias.

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More Healthcare for Retired Kemmerer Coal Miners? Maybe, But Only a Little.

Retired workers from the Kemmerer mine in southwestern Wyoming saw a glimmer of hope Thursday, after the mine’s bankrupt coal company submitted a motion to increase retiree benefits by $3 million.

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Westshore Terminals Q2 Coal Exports Reach Highest Level in Past Year

Thermal and metallurgical coal exports from Westshore Terminals near Vancouver, Canada, reached their highest level in four quarters during the second quarter of 2019, mainly due to an increase in met exports, the terminal’s earnings report said.

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Zacks Investment Research Lowers Ramaco Resources to Hold

Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Ramaco Resources from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Wednesday morning, Zacks.com reports.

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UN: Give Up Meat to Save the Planet

The United Nations is gravely worried about your hamburger.

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West Virginia Univerity's John Deskins Outlines West Virginia's Economic Outlook

"While there are many positives to celebrate — including low unemployment rates and positive personal income growth rates — the Mountain State is still facing its share of weaknesses," John Deskins said.

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Feds Ask Court to Halt Transport of Blackjewel Coal in Virginia Until Miners Get Paid

Federal officials have asked a bankruptcy court to halt the transport of Blackjewel coal in Virginia until the company’s employees are paid.

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Sale to Contura Could Mean Another Closure

Contura has been approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to buy the Wyoming mines from Blackjewel LLC, along with the Pax Surface Mine in West Virginia.

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Sandvik CEO Heads to ABB

Sandvik chief executive officer Bjorn Rosengren is leaving the company to lead industrial giant ABB.

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Coal is Over: The Miners Rooting for the Green New Deal

Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves empty.

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Despite Coal Lawsuits, Millennium Still Humming Along

“The coal terminal project is still in litigation. It’s going to run its own legal course, and we are and continue to be optimistic about the outcome of that,” said Kristin Gaines, Millennium’s senior vice president of regulatory affairs.

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Community Rallies Behind Blackjewel Coal Miners

Nearly 2,000 workers from several states were left without a job when Blackjewel Coal filed for bankruptcy in July. Roughly 100 of those miners are from Tazewell County, VA.

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Despite Sale Approval, Blackjewel Mines Have Yet to Reopen

Despite repeated promises made during bankruptcy proceedings last week, the sale of two Wyoming coal mines has yet to be finalized and hundreds of workers remain out of work.

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UK Energy Watchdog Demands Answers After Major Power Cut

The energy watchdog in the UK, Ofgem, is demanding answers from the National Grid after a power cut left people stuck in trains for up to nine hours and cut electricity to almost 1 million people in England and Wales.

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India Relaxes Contract Terms for Ongoing Coal Block Auctions

Close on the heels of starting the auction process for 27 coal mines, India’s Coal Ministry has announced it is relaxing auction, and subsequent contract, rules to ensure a higher number of bids.

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Greg Reed: God Put Coal on Earth for a Reason; Alabama's Miners Have a Strong Sense of Pride

Yellowhammer News on Thursday held the fourth of its 2019 News Shapers events: “West Alabama and the coal industry.”

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Coal Unit at Center of Trump Bailout Bid to Shut 19 Months Early

A Pennsylvania power plant that was at the center of President Donald Trump’s effort to revive the coal industry will be closing 19 months ahead of schedule.

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Trump Administration Wants Train Loaded With $1 Million Of Coal To Stay Put Until Miners Are Paid

The U.S. Department of Labor has asked a judge to stop a train filled with $1 million worth of coal from leaving a remote mine in Southeastern Kentucky until the non-union workers who produced it are paid for their efforts.

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Fired Worker Sues Arch Coal, Alleging Disability Discrimination

Jonathon Gaither was employed by the defendant from April 2014 until January 2019. During his employment, he alleges he was harassed by his supervisor due to his Irritable Bowel Syndrome and his need for accommodation.

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Indiana: Webster County Official Discusses Economic Impact of Mine Closure

Greg Wathen of the SW Indiana Economic Development Coalition said the coal industry is going through a transition right now.

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Westshore Terminals Q2 Coal Exports Reach Highest Level in Past Year

Thermal and metallurgical coal exports from Westshore Terminals near Vancouver, Canada, reached their highest level in four quarters during the second quarter of 2019, mainly due to an increase in met exports, the terminal's earnings report said.

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Announces Coal Production Ceasing at Dotiki Mine

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. today reported that it will cease coal production effective August 16, 2019 at the Dotiki Mine operated by its subsidiary, Webster County Coal, LLC, in order to focus on maximizing production at its lower-cost mines in the

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Asia and Americas Drive Down U.S. Coking Coal Exports

U.S. exports of coking coal in the first half of 2019 fell by 8.8pc year on year to 26.31mn t, driven down by falling demand in Asia, Latin America and Turkey, U.S. Census Bureau data shows.

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Artists Create Coal Figurine for President Trump

Last month, President Donald Trump visited Wheeling, WV for a private fundraising event. During his visit, he was presented with a small statue made of coal, and that figurine was created by two artists who work for Coal Camp Creations, a business in Kimb

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Coal is No. 1 Issue for Southern West Virginia in This Campaign

Letter to the Editor featured in Beckley's The Register Herald newspaper.

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With Bidders on the Horizon, Cloud Peak Auction Delayed Again

In what has become almost customary in coal company bankruptcies, Cloud Peak Energy filed a request to delay its auction of Powder River Basin assets by another week, court documents filed Wednesday revealed, leaving Wyoming’s coal country holding its bre

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One Coal CEO Sees Writing on Wall, Says Make Money While You Can

The CEO of Colombian coal giant Cerrejon -- jointly owned by BHP Group Ltd, Glencore Plc and Anglo American Plc -- isn’t sugar-coating anything. The industry, he says, is in terminal decline, and the company is suffering.

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Miners Honoroed at Competition Awards Banquet

The 53rd annual Virginia Mining Institute Mine Rescue Contest officially wrapped up Thursday night, but this year, awards were presented in a different way.

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Contura May Close Wyoming Mines Sooner Than Anticipated

On August 6, West Virginia Judge Frank Volk approved the motion for Contura Energy to purchase Blackjewel's assets in Wyoming pending resolution of tax conflicts with the federal government.

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Name Released in Mine Fatality

Officials have identified the coal mine electrician killed in a coal preparation plant accident Wednesday in eastern Kanawha County, West Virginia.

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Cloud Peak Auction Pushed Back Again

A Cloud Peak Energy Corp. auction for its Powder River Basin coal assets scheduled for Thursday has been pushed back a week until Aug. 15.

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Wyoming: Mixed Reactions to Pendley Appointment as Bureau of Land Management Chief

William Perry Pendley is now in charge of managing 247.3 million acres of federal land nationwide, including 18.4 million acres of surface rights and 41.6 million acres of federal mineral estate in Wyoming lands he's previously advocated should be sold.

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Komatsu America Corp. Introduces the New WA900-8 Wheel Loader

The 256,618 lb. (116,400 kg) wheel loader is equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified emission regulations-compliant engine, and is purpose-built to load 70 - 150 ton haul trucks.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: August 8, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending August 3, 2019.

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WVU Football Team Visits Arch Coal's Leer Mining Complex

Every time the West Virginia Mountaineers walk into Mountaineer Field they tap a large chunk of coal positioned outside of the stadium. Wednesday, Coach Neal Brown and his staff took the entire team on a field trip to see where it comes from.

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Analysis: Weaker Yuan Unnerves China's Commodity Imports

Crude oil, iron ore, coal, natural gas and agricultural products like soybeans --which rely heavily on Chinese demand -- have been impacted in various ways.

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Indiana Coal Mine Shutting Down

A Gibson County, Indiana coal mine is shutting down, a move that will impact about 130 jobs. In a notice to the state, Peabody Indiana Services LLC said it intends to shutter its Somerville Mine in October due to "uneconomical business conditions."

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Strata's HazardAvert Used in Australian Coal Mine

As a proactive safety measure, one of the world's leading mining companies has been undergoing extensive research on Strata's HazardAvert proximity detection technology.

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Steam Trains Could Die Out Because of Government Crackdown on Coal, Heritage Railway Operators Warn

The comforting chug of a steam train may be left in the past under government plans to crack down on coal, heritage railway operators have warned.

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Northern Appalachia Sees Highest Quarterly Coal Production Since 2014

Northern Appalachia coal production in the second quarter climbed to its highest level since 2014, as four of the top five producing mines saw a quarterly increase, according to data from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

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When Down is Up

The reduction in the price of electricity from solar and wind power over the last decade has made for a fantastic story.

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Small Victory for Coal Miners After Approved Bankruptcy Sale

Major developments in the Blackjewel Coal Mining bankruptcy that left miners out of work and still owed money by the company.

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Belle Ayr, Eagle Butte Sale to Contura Approved

The only thing in the way of hundreds of Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal miners going back to work is $60 million that nobody has.

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Mine Electrician Killed at West Virginia Plant

According to the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety, and Training, a mine electrician was killed by an apparent electric shock around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The incident happened at the Kanawha Eagle South Hollow Preparation Plant near Chesapeake.

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County to Look Into Prosecuting Jeff Hoops

In Wyoming, Campbell County Commissioners have fielded many questions about the Blackjewel LLC bankruptcy, and one that keeps coming up is if the county will pursue criminal charges against Jeff Hoops Sr., the company’s former CEO and president.

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China Coal Mine Approvals Surge Despite Climate Pledges

Approvals for new coal mine construction in China have surged in 2019, government documents showed, with Beijing expecting consumption of the commodity to rise in the coming years even as it steps up its fight against smog and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Foresight Energy LP Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

Coal sales totaled $224.5 million for the second quarter 2019 compared to $270.0 million for the second quarter 2018, representing a decrease of $45.5 million, or 16.9%.

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Rhino Resource Partners LP Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial and Operating Results

For the quarter, the Partnership reported net income of $0.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $7.5 million, compared to a net loss of $3.0 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.6 million in the second quarter of 2018.

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CONSOL Energy Beginning Itmann Mine Construction

Located in West Virginia’s Wyoming County, the Itmann metallurgical mine and preparation plant are expected to be completed in 2021.

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Miner's Daughter Alleges Masks Sold by Mine Safety Appliances Failed to Protect Lungs

The daughter of a deceased miner who worked in West Virginia coal mines for nearly 40 years has filed suit against the manufacturers and distributors of respirators and dust masks over allegations their defective products led to his lung disease.

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DARPA Subterranean Challenge at NIOSH Pittsburgh Site on 8/20/2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency using the NIOSH research coal mines for their Subterranean Challenge.

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Arch Coal Inc Sees Indications That U.S. Coking Coal Mine Costs Are Shifting Higher

Arch Coal Inc sees indications that U.S. coking coal mine costs are shifting higher. While U.S. coking coal output bounced in Q2, the continued downward pressure on supply is expected, especially given recent pullback in pricing.

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Judge Approves Sale of Blackjewel Coal Mines to Contura

Hundreds of coal miners moved one step closer to returning to work at two idling Powder River Basin mines Tuesday, after a federal judge approved the sale of mines owned by bankrupt coal giant Blackjewel to previous owner Contura Energy.

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Miner Victor: Approved Bankruptcy Sale Restores Some Back Pay, Could Re-Open Coal Mines

Out-of-work Kentucky miners who are blocking a coal train to demand unpaid wages from their bankrupt former coal employer on Tuesday took a big step closer to returning to work — and getting at least some of the money they are owed.

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Mine Rescue Competition Underway in Blacksburg, Virginia

Donning masks and carrying dry erase boards, teams made their way through a veritable obstacle course.

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Peabody Makes 'Difficult Decision' to Shut Down Indiana Mine; Jobs Impacted

Coal mines in the region have faced an unfavorable economic climate for months; operations at Liberty Mine in Warrick County ceased in April, eliminating about 80 jobs.

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State of the Art Running Right Leadership Academy and Conference Center Offers Broad Scope of Services

Running Right Leadership Academy and Conference Center, owned by Tennessee-based coal supplier Contura Energy, opened the doors to the $24 million training facility in 2013.

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EIA Forecasts U.S. Coal Production to Drop 2.7% on Year in 2019

The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast coal production totaling 688 million st in 2019, down 2.7% from the year-ago production, the EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook reported Tuesday.

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CONSOL Energy Announces Results for the Second Quarter 2019

"While commodity markets have been under pressure since the beginning of 2019, I am pleased to announce that the CONSOL team continues to deliver strong operating and financial performance," said Jimmy Brock, President and CEO of CONSOL Energy.

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U.S. Met Coal Price Relativities Shift Amid Global Slump

U.S. high-volatile type A coking coal's premium to other U.S. grades has narrowed in recent weeks, as price relativities reconfigure amid the global price slump.

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CONSOL Coal Resources LP Announces Results for the Second Quarter 2019

"While commodity markets have been under pressure since the beginning of 2019, I am pleased to announce that the CCR team continues to deliver strong operating and financial performance," said Jimmy Brock, CEO, CONSOL Coal Resources.

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EIA's Most Recent Short-Term Energy Outlook

EIA forecasts that the share of U.S. generation from coal will average 24% in 2019 and in 2020, down from 28% in 2018.

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Quaker Chemical, Houghton Int’l Create Quaker Houghton

Quaker Chemical Corp. and Houghton International have combined to create Quaker Houghton, to supply industrial process fluids to the primary metals and metalworking markets.

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Weekly Coal Ship Departures From Baltimore Fall to Five

Five laden coal ships departed from Baltimore in the week that ended Sunday, down from eight in the previous week, according to cFlow, S&P Global Platts' trade flow software.

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A Former Coal Tycoon Donated Over $1 Million to Coal Miners Whose Employer Declared Bankrputcy

For the eighth straight day yesterday, miners blocked cars full of coal from passing on a railway track in Eastern Kentucky to protest their employer, who stopped paying their wages after declaring bankruptcy.

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Foundation Announces Gift of More Than $768,000 to Unpaid Blackjewel Miners

Two major announcements regarding relief for unpaid Blackjewel miners took place at the Harlan County, Kentucky Courthouse and at the Letcher County Extension Office Monday morning.

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2019 SME/PCMIA Annual Joint Meeting, in Conjunction with Challenges and Opportunities in Coal Preparation

The 2019 SME/PCMIA Annual Joint Meeting is a 3-day event, in conjunction with Challenges and Opportunities in Coal Preparation.

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Recover Effort Halted Following Mining Death in Kentucky

Richard L. Knapp, West Frankfort, IL, had suffered critical injuries at the Kenamerican Resources, Inc. Paradise Mine in Bremen, Ky.y

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Nine Justice Companies Maintain They Should Be Dismissed From Federal Lawsuit in Virginia

The companies say they were part of a company reorganization that recently brought them under headquarters in Daniels, West Virginia.

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Last Chance to Advertise at the Biggest Coal Event of the Year!

The 2019 Official Bluefield Coal Show Directory is currently in production and your company is invited to participate at heavily discounted rates.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: August 5, 2019

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending August 2, 2019.

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Standoff: Kentucky Miners Block Train Loaded With $1 Million Of Coal After Paychecks Bounce

Miners in Harlan County, Kentucky are demanding weeks in back pay after a major coal company issued bad checks to hundreds of non-union workers before abruptly declaring bankruptcy, resulting in lost jobs and overdrawn bank accounts.

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West Virginia's Richest Family Steps in to Save Alabama Plant, Over 200 Jobs

Bluestone Resources Inc. in recent days announced the purchase of the ERP Compliant Coke, LLC plant in Birmingham, a move which the company says will save over 200 jobs in the area.

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Russian Coal Production Slides to Two-Year Low

Russian coal production in July declined to a two-year low of 1.09m tonnes/day, as producers seemingly reacted to low seaborne prices, provisional energy ministry data showed on Friday.

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32nd Annual Kentucky Professional Engineers in Mining Seminar

The 32nd Annual Kentucky Professional Engineers in Mining Seminar will be held Friday, September 6, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center North.

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Last Call!! Tri-State Registration Closes 10:00am Tomorrow!

The 2019 RMCMI Tri-State Regional Meeting will be held August 7-8, 2019 in Sheridan, Wyoming.

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Contura Wins Auction for Three of Bankrupt Blackjewel's Coal Mine Assets

Contura Energy has made a successful bid at an auction for the assets of three Blackjewel LLC coal mines, including two of the top producers in the country.

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American Resources Corporation Files Updated Bid to Purchase Blackjewel, L.L.C. Properties in Eastern United States

American Resources Corporation has announced that it has participated in the bidding process for the assets and operations of BlackJewel’s eastern (central Appalachian) division and will be submitting a revised bid.

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Court Documents: Blackjewel Auction Results Show Possible Future of Mines

The results of the Blackjewel auction were released after a judge ordered those be made public by 9 a.m. on Sunday.

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Deep Roots: John McDaniel Has Worked to Improve Coal Mining Practices, Impact During Illustrious Career

John McDaniel, director of engineering and technical services for Arch Coal’s eastern operations, comes from a long line of West Virginia coal miners.

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A Turning Point For U.S. Power Generation

For the first time in U.S. history, renewable energies briefly generated more electricity than coal in April this year, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

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Colstrip Power Plant Seeks to Keep Workers and Cheaper Coal

The operator of a coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana that plans to shut down two of its four units this year says it’s offering benefits and guaranteed severance packages to encourage workers to stay.

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U.S. June Coal Exports Total 7.2 Million Mt, Down 21.6%

Exports dropped as global seaborne thermal coal prices hit three-month lows in June, with European-delivered CIF ARA prices averaging $48.36/mt, down 50% from the year-ago month.

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China Demand Drives Canada's 1H Coking Coal Exports

Canada's coking coal exports in the first half rose by 6.6pc year on year to 16.73mn t, driven by a significant ramp up in shipments to China.

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Coal Miners' Struggle Continues Amid Trump Promises, Democratic Plans

As he stands atop a crosstie, effectively blocking a rail shipment of coal, Chris Rowe and many other coal miners in Harlan, Ky. fret about the future.

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North China Coal Mine Accident Kills 7

A mining accident in northern China left seven people dead, local authorities in the city of Tangshan, Hebei Province said Friday, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

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New Vice President for ABMEC

The President-elect of Association for British Mining Expertise (ABMEC), Paul Freeman, has a long and varied career centred on longwall coal operations, with mine manager qualifications in both the UK and South Africa.

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Protesting Oil on a Yacht Made of Hydrocarbons

Climate child activist Greta Thunberg announced that she will not fly in planes, and so is traveling from Europe to a UN climate conference in New York on an elite racing yacht.

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U.S. Thermal Coal Exports Fall Through First Half of Year, But All Eyes on Second Half

U.S. thermal coal exports in the first six months of 2019 fell 18.1% year on year, according to data released Friday by the US Census Bureau.

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'A Tweet Would Be Great:' Kentucky Coal Miners Call on Trump for Support Amid Ongoing Payment Showdown

Coal miners, current and former, with family and other supporters, are on and around railway tracks near Cumberland, Kentucky, with one demand: The pay they say they are owed after their employer, Blackjewel, declared bankruptcy on July 1.

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MSHA Confirms Victim in Paradise Coal Mine Accident Fell More Than 100 Yards

Four contract employees were in the process of preparing the seal for the intake shaft when an ignition occurred causing one of the employees to fall approximately 355 ft. into the air shaft.

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Trump Officials Still Pushing for a Coal Bailout, Regulator Says

High ranking officials in the Trump administration are still pushing to bail out money-losing coal plants, more than a year after an earlier proposal to revive the industry failed.

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

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. has announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of oil and gas mineral interests from Wing Resources, LLC and Wing Resources II, LLC for a cash purchase price of $145.0 million.

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Advertise at the Biggest Coal Event of the Year!

The 2019 Official Bluefield Coal Show Directory is currently in production and your company is invited to participate at heavily discounted rates.

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Arch Coal Signs Three-Year Deal With Kentucky Utilities

Arch Coal signed a three-year deal to supply at least 1.35 million st of Powder River Basin coal to Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities' Trimble County Generation Station along the Ohio River.

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MSHA Clarifies Escapeway Requirements for Underground Mines

In response to recent questions from the mining community, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a program policy letter intended to clarify requirements for providing emergency escapeways for underground metal and nonmetal miners.

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Biden Says There’s No Place For Fossil Fuels In His Administration. He Loved Coal in 2012.

Yikes. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s proclamation that fossil fuels would have no place in his administration during Wednesday night’s debate was a far cry from his 2012 declaration that “we desperately need coal.”

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Indonesian Thermal Coal Output Stable as Miners Face Tax Probe

Indonesia's thermal coal prices and production remained largely unaffected even as the country's anti-corruption watchdog investigates certain major coal producers for alleged tax avoidance, sources said Thursday.

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Japan's Coking Coal Imports Hold Steady in June

Japanese coking coal imports were steady in June despite a drop-off in shipments from Russia and Canada.

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Mitch McConnell Supports Miners Blockading Coal Train to Get Back Pay

The Kentucky Republican “believes strongly these miners should be paid in full for their work” and is following the situation closely, a representative for McConnell said via email on Thursday.

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Details of Kentucky Mine Fatality Released

Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere said they are investigating a fatal accident that occurred at the mine in Central City around 5:30 Wednesday afternoon.

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Kentucky Congressman Releases Statement on Blackjewel Miners Protest

"Undercutting employees who invested their time and talents to mine one of our greatest natural resources is a shameful way to conduct business. Our coal miners deserve better and I will continue fighting for them," said Rep. Hal Rogers.

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Bluestone Resources Inc. Announces Purchase of Birmingham Coke Plant, Saving Hundreds of Jobs

The plant, which was in danger of closure, employs 210 workers, the majority of whom are members of the United Steelworkers of America.

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Time Running Out for Ad Space in Bluefield Coal Show Directory – Phone Before It’s Too Late!

The Bluefield Coal Show, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias (formerly the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce) is only five weeks away being held September 11-13.

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Vermeer Corporation Honors Camso With its Making a Real Impact Supplier Award

This annual award recognizes suppliers who are committed to quality, on-time delivery, customer service and overall performance. Camso and Vermeer have been working together for several years and have developed a great business relationship.

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Warrior Met Coal Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

Warrior reported second quarter 2019 net income of $125.5 million, or $2.43 per diluted share, compared to net income of $91.3 million, or $1.72 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: August 1, 2019

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending July 27, 2019.

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Blackjewel CEO Confident Bankrupt Coal Operator Will Rebound

The CEO of one of the nation’s largest coal producers says he’s confident the company will bounce back despite the shutdown of several mines after it filed for federal bankruptcy protection.

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Why the Carbon Tax Would Backfire on America

Several members of Congress have floated different carbon tax bills in recent days, some of which have both Democratic and Republican sponsorship.

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Auction Set for Bankrupt Coal Producer Blackjewel's Assets

A notice filed in federal bankruptcy court in West Virginia said the auction is scheduled for next Thursday morning in Cincinnati.

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Democrats Promise to Kill Industry in CNN Debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee agreed to eliminate the coal industry as soon as possible during the Democratic primary debate in Detroit Wednesday.

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"I Accept Responsiblity"; Former Blackjewel CEO Apologizes in Letter to Employees

In the letter, Jeff Hoops apologized and promised that half the money recovered would be distributed equally to employees harmed by the collapse of the company.

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NACCO Industries, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

NACCO Industries, Inc. today announced consolidated net income of $8.0 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, and consolidated revenues of $41.4 million for the second quarter of 2019.

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RMCMI Tri-State Registration Deadline Approaching!

The 2019 RMCMI Tri-State Regional Meeting will be held August 7-8, 2019 in Sheridan, Wyoming.

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One Prime Position Left for Ad Space in Bluefield Coal Show Directory – Phone for Details

The 2019 Official Bluefield Coal Show Directory is currently in production and there is one prime position left.

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The Senate Confirms Kelly Craft as the New UN Ambassador

The Senate has officially confirmed Kelly Knight Craft, the former US ambassador to Canada, to the high-profile diplomatic post that has been vacant since Nikki Haley stepped down at the end of 2018.

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Laid-Off Coal Miners Say They Will Block Train Until They Get Back Pay

Protesting Kentucky coal miners entered their fourth day Thursday blocking a coal train from leaving a bankrupt Harlan County mine — demanding weeks of back pay on the same day their former employer’s assets are set to go up for auction.

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