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Carbon Capture: Solved by Software?

The approach of burying CO2 emissions deep underground has struggled to be economically viable, but that could be changing.

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Calvin Kidd Retires After Serving Coal for 53 Years

Calvin R. Kidd, most recently of Quaker Houghton, has announced his retirement from this position at the end of last month after serving the coal industry for 53 years.

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MSHA Metal/Non-Metal Fatality Final Report

While spotting for a dump truck, a contractor stepped directly into the path of a bulldozer and died at the scene on November 16, 2019.

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South Africa Mine Deaths Fall to Record Low in 2019

South Africa saw the lowest number of mine deaths on record last year, with 51 people killed compared to 81 the previous year, the mines ministry said on Friday.

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National Energy Technology Lab Pushes Coal Efficiency Research

While coal has significantly decreased in use over the decades, the National Energy Technology Lab is attempting to make its contributions to U.S. electricity more efficient through new research, with a particular eye on a new coating.

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Coal Industry Icon, Dick Lawson, Passes

Dick Lawson was President of the National Coal Association for many years and oversaw the merger between N.C.A. and the American Mining Congress to form the National Mining Association as it is known today.

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New Owner of Former Blackjewel Mines Misses First Tax Deadline

Eagle Specialty Materials LLC — the new owner of the former Blackjewel coal mines in Campbell County, Wyoming — missed its first production tax payment late last month, Campbell County Administrative Director Carol Seeger confirmed.

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RMCMI / TMRA Regional Meeting Information

Please join us for a joint regional meeting between Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute and Texas Mining & Reclamation Association to be held at The Cascades Golf & Country Club in Tyler, Texas.

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“A Betrayal”: Greta Thunberg’s Polish Coal Mine Visit Sparks Anger Within Mining Community

A visit by climate activist Greta Thunberg to coal mines in Poland last week has triggered a war of words and been condemned by trade union representatives.

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Invitation to Digital Mines Conference - April 1-3, 2020 (Perth)

We are pleased to announce that CoalZoom is a Media Partner at the upcoming 2nd Digital Mines 2020: Building Fully Autonomous Mines From Pit To Port, in Perth, Australia from April 1-3, 2020 at Pan Pacific Perth.

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Bill to Slow Utilities From Shutting Coal Plants Advances in Indiana Legislature

In Indiana, a bill to slow power companies from closing coal-fired plants passed Wednesday, a move critics said was designed to stall any transition to cleaner energy sources.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: January 23, 2020

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending January 18, 2020.

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General Richard L. Lawson, Coal Industry Icon, Passes

General Richard L. Lawson, well-known and very highly-respected in coal circles, and indeed in the entire mining community, has died at the age of 90.

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Ramaco Carbon Announces Supervisor for Wyoming, West Virginia Operations

A Wyoming-based coal technology company announced its director of research for operations in Sheridan, Wyoming, and Charleston, West Virginia.

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Al Gore is as Bad at History as Climate

Al Gore raved about climate at Davos yesterday. “This is Thermopylae. This is Agincourt. This is Dunkirk. This is the Battle of the Bulge. This is 9/11,” he said.

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Are They Trying to Control the Climate, Or You?

The climate change debate is set to be rocked as a new skeptical film, Climate Hustle 2: The Rise of the Climate Monarchy, hosted by actor Kevin Sorbo, will be released in over 700 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada on April 21, 2020.

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COAL MINERS PLEASE HELP US, SAYS REID, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

“This is a special day for us because today we are asking all present and past coal miners to join us in the fight for coal,” said Bill Reid, Managing Editor of CoalZoom.

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Waters of the United States Rule Provides Much-Needed Certainty and Clarity

NMA today issued a statement from Rich Nolan, NMA President & CEO, applauding the EPA's finalization of the Waters of the United States rule, which brings an appropriate balance between state and federal authority over waterways.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Returning Interest Lends Support

Cautious optimism over emerging spot interest in Brazil and Europe has kept Atlantic prices largely steady this week, despite slowing activity in the Asia-Pacific region in the run-up to the lunar new year holiday.

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Mining Orders Drop During Q4 at Sandvik

Sandvik said today that Q4 order intake for mining equipment declined at a low double-digit rate, with underground mining equipment noting the largest decline in relative terms.

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US Thermal, Met Coal Outlook Negative on Weak Pricing and Dropping Demand

Moody's Investor Services on Wednesday issued a negative outlook for US coal markets, driven by weak coal pricing in thermal and met markets, in addition to dropping domestic and export demand.

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New Wyoming Mine Owner at Odds With Komatsu Over Big Shovels

The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines is at odds with the owner of two huge industrial shovels, a dispute that could affect the mines’ ability to continue operating.

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Coal States Ask Supreme Court to Overturn Washington Coal Terminal Ban

Wyoming and Montana, two coal-producing western states, on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate Washington state's decision to block on environmental grounds a coal export terminal intended as an outlet to Asian markets.

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ESM Says Mines Immediately Shut Down Without Shovels

Three months after being called back to work at a pair of shuttered Powder River Basin coal mines, the jobs of hundreds of workers at the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines hang in the balance as Eagle Specialty Materials spars with Komatsu Mining Corp. over

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Orica Launches Blast Design Software for Underground Applications

Commercial explosives and blasting systems manufacturer Orica has released its new blast design and modelling software for underground mining applications.

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Time to Retire Polar Bear Propaganda

Polar bears are perhaps the most enduring propaganda icon of the global warming campaign.

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The Steel Industry Boosts Global Trade in Coal

According to Germany's VDKI coal importers lobby, the global maritime coal trade rose 0.7 percent last year, driven by increased output in China and Indonesia.

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MSHA Metal/Non Metal Mine Fatality - January 8, 2020

A miner fell into a portable load out bin on January 8, 2020, and died at the scene.

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Stand Up and Fight for Coal, Says Bill Reid

It is now midway in the first appeal for donations which ends on January 31.

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Allegiance is Paying $1 for a $250M Coking Coal Operation, Sort Of

Coal hopeful Allegiance will pay $1 for the shiny, (almost) production ready New Elk coking coal operation in southeast Colorado.

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Coal Industry Near-Term Outlook Dulled by Falling Demand

The Zacks Coal industry comprises companies that are involved in the discovery and mining of coal.

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Blackjewel Former CEO Claims Patently False He Mismanaged Tens of Millions of Dollars

Former Blackjewel CEO Jeffrey Hoops Sr. categorically denies claims made by the bankrupt coal producer, saying he instead went to extraordinary personal financial lengths in an attempt to save the company.

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From Mining's Savior to Homicide Charges, The Fall of Vale's Chief

Fabio Schvartsman was supposed to be the fresh face that would help Vale, the world’s biggest iron-ore miner, advance the company after a 2015 dam collapse.

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Australia: University of Wollongong Forced to Dump Coal Conference Over Planned Climate Blockade

The Coal Operators Conference had been hosted by UOW's mining engineering faculty since 1998 and was scheduled to take place from February 12 to 14.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report January 21, 2020

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending January 17, 2020.

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President Trump Addresses World Leaders at Davos Forum

President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the "perennial prophets of doom" who warn that the world is in the throes of a major environmental crisis, as he addressed an audience in Davos including Swedish teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg.

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India: Coal Production From Captive Mines Raises 24% Output in April-December

Coal production from captive mines in the first nine months of the ongoing financial year was up 24% year-on-year (y-o-y) at 40.93 million tonne (MT).

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Utility Cooperative's Coal Fleet Retirements Won't Affect Wyoming

A utility cooperative operating across four Western states — including Wyoming — announced it will retire a majority of its coal fleet as part of a new energy plan published Wednesday.

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Is China Addicted to Coal?

China is a country caught in the middle of a global struggle: to develop but also be green.

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President Trump Knocks It Out of the Park at Davos

"While many European countries struggle with crippling energy costs, the American energy revolution is saving American families $2,500 every year in lowering electric bills," said Trump.

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MINING MEDIA, PLEASE STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR COAL

“The mining media do a fine job in reporting on what’s happening in the coal industry and today, we extend our appeal to you to stand up with us shoulder to shoulder and fight for coal,“ said Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.

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Saving US Coal - Taking Out CO2 Endangerment

"On behalf of Craig Idso, Bill Reid and myself, here is our planned program to take out CO2 Endangerment at EPA. The program was published in CoalZoom last week," said Fred Palmer.

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Coal Makes A Comeback In India, New Capacity Up 73% In 2019

India witnessed a sharp rise in new coal-based power generation capacity last year, with dirty power plants accounting for 44% of the total new power generation capacity added in the country.

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Hallador's Sunrise Coal to Halt Production at Carlisle Coal Mine in Indiana

The idling of the Carlisle coal mine will result in the immediate loss of 90 full-time roles.

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Russia's Mechel Won't Buy Back Stake in Elga Coal Mine

Russian steel and coal producer Mechel has decided not to buy back a stake in its biggest asset, the Elga coal mine in Russia’s far east, its creditor Gazprombank, which has held the stake since 2016, said on Tuesday.

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SME Webinar: SNEAK PEEK – MineXchange 2020

Tom Rauch, 2020 SME Program Chair, will present “SNEAK PEEK – MineXchange 2020 SME Annual Conference & Expo”

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Some Big Coal Players May Escape BlackRock's Planned Divestment

BlackRock has set out a plan to rid its portfolio of coal companies. But among the diversified miners that dig up an array of products, it’s not obvious which companies will be axed from the fund-management giant’s active funds and which will stay.

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US Power Generators are Ready for the Next Big Year in Coal Plant Completions in 2020

US coal consumption is likely to decline sharply again in 2020, although the current roster of planned and completed retirements from coal-fired plants suggests that the year may not be as rough as the previous two.

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MINING EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS, PLEASE STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR COAL, SAYS BILL REID

“Today, we begin the third week of our calls for help by appealing to our mining schools and students to stand up and fight for coal,“ said Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.

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UK Set for Mining Revival Post-Brexit, if Overseas Investment Flows

UK mining is set for growth after being largely forgotten as a investment destination for decades, mine developers said this week.

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Derailment in Australia Town May Hamper Coal Transport

The unloaded coal train, which included a locomotive and wagons, derailed at about 1pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on January 19 near the town of Middlemount, damaging the track and overhead power lines, rail operator Aurizon said.

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UK Prime Minister Tries Out Kinetic Energy Technology as he Announces Ban on UK Government Investment in Overseas Coal Mining

The Prime Minister said 'not another penny of UK taxpayers' money will be directly invested in digging up coal or burning it for electricity' as he set out proposals to shake up Britain's aid budget.

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Legislative Basketball Game to be Held February 4

West Virginia Coal Association and Friends of Coal are helping to sponsor the game in conjunction with the American Cancer Society.

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The U.S. Natural Gas Boom Is On Its Last Legs

Weak natural gas prices amid abundant supply and a falling rig count across the United States will slow down U.S. natural gas production growth this year, and some basins will even see production declines, analysts say.

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Australia: Curragh Coking Coal Mine to Resume Operations

Operations were scheduled to resume today at the 12.9mn t/yr Curragh coking coal mine in Australia's Queensland state after it was closed for investigations into the cause of a fatal accident at the mine.

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Poland Plans Central Coal Warehouse to Reduce Stockpiles at Mines

Poland plans to move some coal stocks from mines to a central warehouse, Deputy Minister of State Assets Adam Gaweda said on Friday, as the government looks to reduce growing stockpiles which a mining union said threatened to choke operations.

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UK: Legendary Artist Bob Olley Celebrates 80th Birthday at Museum

The much-loved painter, who turns 80 on Thursday, January 16, was overcome when staff from South Shields Museum and Art Gallery in England surprised him with a birthday cake on Wednesday, January 15 to thank him for his generous contribution over the year

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EPA’s Science Blowout

A unique event in regulatory science just happened. One that could only have occurred in the rock ’em, sock ’em Trump era.

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Kentucky Power Buys 250,000 ST of Barge Coal From Contura

Kentucky Power, a unit of American Electric Power, bought 250,000 st of Central Appalachia barge coal worth $14 million from Contura Energy, according to a regulatory filing made public Wednesday.

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I Hope We Do Go Back: Kentucky Miners Moving Past Protest

The protest at the railroad track in Blackburn Bottom is over and the men who organized the blockade are trying to move forward.

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Indiana Utilities Would Be Prevented From Shutting Down Coal-Fired Plants Under New Bill

A state lawmaker wants to prevent Indiana utilities from retiring coal-fired power plants early in favor of newer, cleaner technology unless they can prove it’s required by a federal mandate or otherwise in the public interest.

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India Aims to Tighten Coal Reform Plans

India's coal ministry is seeking the view of stakeholders on its proposed auction of coal blocks for commercial mining. This is part of plans to further tighten its reform agenda that aims to boost domestic coal output and reduce imports.

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‘Mine 9’ Available Via Streaming Platforms and DVD

'Mine 9.' an award winning film written, produced and directed by New Martinsville native Eddie Mensore was released for streaming on January 7, in stores and on DVD, while also hitting the screen on Amazon Prime.Firm Operations

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Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Showcases Next Generation Equipment and Services at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will showcase several innovative solutions at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 10-14, 2020.

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Thermal Coal Prices Set for Recovery This Year as Oversupply Tightens

Thermal coal prices are expected to recover this year after losing around a third of their value last year as demand from some south-east Asian countries grows and oversupply tightens due to financing constraints for new capacity.

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For Global Energy Leadership, Think Coal FIRST

What does the coal plant of the future look like? For too many people, the answer is that we don’t need new coal technology nor a new generation of plants. That line of thinking is a huge mistake.

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New Testimonies Against Mining Drummond

Six managers of mining company Drummond have been interrogated in a criminal investigation that has recently been started by the Colombian public prosecution.

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German Importers - World Seaborne Coal Trade Rose 0.7% in 2019

Seaborne coal trade around the world grew 0.7% last year, helped by higher output in China and Indonesia and more export activity by Indonesia, Australia, Russia and Canada, Germany’s VDKI coal importers lobby said on Friday.

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MINING INSTITUTES, PLEASE STAND WITH US AND FIGHT FOR COAL

“There are many fine professional groups and mining institutes serving the coal industry. Today, at the end of our second week of appeals, we are asking for help from America’s leading mining institutes to stand up and fight with us,“ said Bill Reid, Mana

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West Virginia Governor, Putting Trump's Name on the Line for Re-Election, Says He's Been Asked to Help Pitch Coal to China

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice filed the official paperwork for President Donald Trump to be on West Virginia ballots and also told media the story of an outreach duty the president gave him on a telephone call yesterday.

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Wyoming Governor Says Coal Under Seige, Supports Marketing Program

“There are market forces, national policies, other states’ laws, and even international accords that are all focused on decreasing the amount of coal used anywhere and therefore the coal produced here,” Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon wrote.

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Judge Denies Blankenship Request to Toss Conviction

Finding that attorneys for Don Blankenship presented nothing “to undermine confidence in the jury’s verdict,” a federal district judge on Wednesday refused to throw out the former Massey Energy Co. CEO’s criminal mine safety conviction.

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Analysis: Interim Deal Brings Relief to US Coking Coal

US coal mining firms — having contended with coking coal prices at three-year lows in 2019, a string of chapter 11 bankruptcy filings and mine closures — welcomed yesterday's signing by the US and China of the "phase-one" trade deal.

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Germany's RWE to Cut One in Three Jobs in $2.9 Billion Coal Exit Deal

Germany's biggest power producer, will cut about 6,000 jobs, or nearly a third of its current workforce, by 2030 as the country moves to phase out brown coal as an energy source, the company said on Thursday.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: January 15, 2020

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending January 11, 2020.

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National Mining Association Applauds Passage of USMCA

The National Mining Association issued statement from Rich Nolan, NMA President & CEO, applauding the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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Epiroc to Showcase Surface Drilling Automation at CONEXPO 2020

“Since our spin-off from Atlas Copco in 2018, we’ve viewed ourselves as a dynamic startup with nearly 150 years of heritage,” said Jon Torpy, General Manager and President for Epiroc USA LLC.

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Coal's Clout Could Rise After Murkowski Committee Exit

Coal may be on the ropes, but coal-state senators may be on the rise next year.

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MINING ASSOCIATIONS, IT'S TIME TO UNITE AND STAND UP TO FIGHT FOR COAL, SAYS BILL REID

“Today, as we near the end of our second week of appeals, we are asking America’s leading national and state mining associations to stand up and fight with us,“ said Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.

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China Pledges to Buy More US Met Coal in Phase-1 Trade Deal

A Phase-1 trade agreement signed between the United States and China on Wednesday saw Beijing pledge to buy more metallurgical coal in the next two years from the US.

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China Tightens Import Curbs on Australian Coking Coal

Customs officials at the major Chinese coking coal ports of Caofeidian and Jingtang have clamped down on customs clearances for Australian coking coal again, only granting customs clearances to Chinese importers on a case by base basis.

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Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council Recognizes Mining as Fundamental to Infrastructure

“Today’s vote highlights that rebuilding the nation’s transit systems, ports and waterways, pipelines and other projects, cannot happen without timely access to raw materials made available through domestic mining,” said Rich Nolan, NMA president and CEO.

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Kentucky Coal Miner Protest Ends After They Halted Trains to Fight for Their Paychecks

Miner protests in Pike County, Kentucky have come to an end Wednesday as the workers confirmed to LEX 18 that they have been paid in full for their labor.

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American Resources Sells Idled Kentucky Coal Mining Permits

Metallurgical coal producer American Resources sold three idled permits associated with an underground mine and a surface mine at its Perry County Resources subsidiary in eastern Kentucky to an undisclosed buyer, the company announced Wednesday.

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Hard Hat Inventor Among 2020 National Inventors Hall of Fame Class of Inductees

The late Edward W. Bullard, inventor of the hard hat is one of 22 innovative pioneers being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) 2020 class of inductees.

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Big Setback for Utah Mines as Port City Bans Coal

Richmond, California, a city that has been a key export gateway for Utah mines, has approved a ban on the storage and handling of coal, potentially severing a vital link to the global marketplace for a commodity that is rapidly losing domestic customers.

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MSHA: Annual Inflation Adjustment for Civil Penalties

On January 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor is publishing a final rule in the Federal Register that will increase Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) civil monetary penalties by 1.764%.

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Supreme Court Holds Conviction for Men Convicted of Killing Coal Executive in Southern West Virginia

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld the life sentences of two men for the 2016 slaying of a coal executive in Mingo County.

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MINING CONSULTANTS AND ENGINEERS, PLEASE STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR COAL

“Today, we are appealing to another major group serving the coal industry, and we are referring to the mining consultants and those supplying engineering services to coal,“ said Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.

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A Battle Victory for Coal Unions Facing an Energy War

The United Mine Workers of America just scored a major victory on Capitol Hill. Now, perhaps America's most iconic labor union must prove that wasn't its last hurrah.

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Caterpillar Announces Officer Retirement

Caterpillar Inc. announced today that E. Jean Savage, currently vice president of the Surface Mining & Technology Division, has elected to retire.

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MSHA Final Report Issued for Coal Miner Fatality on 9/17/2019

On September 17, 2019, an electrician was electrocuted when he contacted an energized conductor.

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Big Coal Escapes American Global Investment Management Corporation BlackRock's New Climate Plan

BlackRock will cut exposure to thermal coal as the world’s largest asset manager moves to address climate change, but that doesn’t mean it’s selling out of the biggest producers -- including top shipper Glencore.

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Swedes Think Climate Policy Worst Waste of Taxpayers' Money in 2019

The authors of the poll explained the Swedes' vote as being due to the fact that while the Swedish government has invested loads of money into climate action policies, the actual amount of carbon dioxide emissions has slightly increased.

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US Power Generators Set for Another Big Year in Coal Plant Closures in 2020

U.S. coal consumption is likely to decline sharply again in 2020, though the current roster of planned and completed coal plant retirements suggests the year may not be quite as rough as the past two.

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EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook

EIA forecasts that U.S. coal production will total 597 million short tons (MMst) in 2020, down 93 MMst (14%) from 2019, as a result of declining domestic demand for coal in the electric power sector and lower demand for U.S. exports.

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Electronic Detonators MSHA Direct Final Rule and Proposed Rule

On January 14, 2020, the Mine Safety and Health Administration published a direct final rule to revise safety standards for explosives.

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Ohioans Are Troubled by the State's Declining Coal Economy

Ohioans in the coal mining industry have expressed concern about the future of the coal market and what diminishing demand for the non-renewable resource could mean for the region’s economy.

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CSIRO Maps Out Laser Scanning Solution for Underground Coal Mines

New real-time underground 3D mapping technology developed by CSIRO can be used to locate, steer and navigate equipment and vehicles in volatile, methane-rich underground environments, according to Australia’s national science agency.

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MINING MACHINERY MANUFACTURERS, PLEASE STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR COAL, SAYS BILL REID

“Today, we are appealing to our major mining machinery manufacturers and suppliers, who have not already donated, to stand up and do it,“ said Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.

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Mine Reclamation Needs in Western U.S. of Major Concern as Coal Industry Weakens

More than one-third of all land mined for coal in the western U.S. remains unreclaimed after nearly 50 years of mining, according to a new report from a regional network of western conservation organizations.

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2020 Outlook: Coal Faces Headwinds From Aging Plants, Adverse Market Signals and High Remediation Costs

Over 10 GW of coal-fired power was retired in 2019, driven largely by "a sustained downward pressure on the market" expected to continue throughout 2020, a ScottMadden analyst told Utility Dive in an email.

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Kentucky Coal Miners Block Train Carrying Coal Shipment, Claim They're Owed Pay

A group of Kentucky coal miners and their families stood on top of railroad tracks Monday and blocked a train hauling a large shipment of coal after they claimed that they were never paid for nearly a month’s worth of work, according to reports.

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Canada: Ridley Terminals Coal Exports Jump 184% on Month

Ridley Terminals in Prince Rupert, BC exported 772,986 mt of thermal and metallurgical coal in December, up 184% from the previous month, Prince Rupert Port Authority data showed Monday.

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Viral Facebook Post on Number of Coal Plants is Wrong

If you’re ticked off about the number of coal plants in the world, don’t point your finger at the United States, suggests a misleading Facebook post.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report January 13, 2020

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending January 10, 2020.

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U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants Closing Fast Despite Trump's Pledge of Support for Industry

U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to prop up the industry, according to data from the federal government and Thomson Reuters.

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Oklahoma: Experts Assist Cold-Case Investigators With Camera Drops Into Mine Shafts

A team from the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement lent its expertise recently to the search for the remains of Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman in Oklahoma.

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Canada: Donkin Mine Closer to Resuming Full Production After Shutdown Last Year

The underground coal mine in Donkin, N.S., is still operating under a limited licence from the province, but is inching toward approval for full production.

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Australia's Curragh Coal Mine Activity Suspended After Fatality

Operations have been suspended at the 12.9mn t/yr Curragh coking coal mine in the Bowen basin in Australia's Queensland following a fatality at the mine yesterday.

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COAL OPERATORS, PLEASE STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR COAL, SAYS BILL REID

“Today, as we begin our second week of appeals, we are asking our top ten coal operators as well as all other coal operators to stand up and help,“ said Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.

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SME MineXchange: Your Final Notice – 1 Day Left To Save $$!

At the 2020 SME Annual Conference & Expo you’ll have opportunities to learn, connect, and explore.

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Saving US Coal - A Path Forward to Preserve the Existing Coal Fleet

There can be no argument that the primary reason for US coal plant closures in recent years, and announced plant closures to come, is coal’s carbon content and CO2 emissions when combusted.

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West Virginia Senator Manchin Sponsors Black Lung Fund Legislation

A group of Democratic U.S. senators introduced a bill Friday to extend the black lung excise tax through December 2030.

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Blackjewel Claims Former CEO Mismanaged Company for Personal, Family Benefit

As former Blackjewel LLC CEO Jeffery Hoops seeks to recover nearly $30 million from the bankrupt coal producer, the company is pushing back, alleging he mishandled and took money for his own benefit.

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Billionaire Targeted by Greta Thunberg Undeterred by Coal Protestors

The Indian conglomerate coming under increasing pressure over its controversial coal mine in Australia said it won’t let protests dissuade it from completing the project.

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Ramaco Carbon Speeding Coal to Product Research in West Virginia

“Don’t burn coal, it’s too valuable.” It’s one of the mantras of Ramaco Carbon which plans a research facility in Charleston.

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University of Kentucky Receives Grant to Turn Coal Tar Pitch Into Carbon Fiber

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) a grant that will allow it to make coal tar pitch into carbon fiber.

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This Is Not The End of Coal, Says IEA

A historic drop in coal-fired electricity generation will not sway global coal demand from its upward trajectory through to 2024, though growth will not be as steep as it has previously been.

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EARLY BIRD RATES ENDING SOON! 3 Reasons Why You NEED to Attend SME’s Annual Conference

There are only three days left to take advantage of best pricing for the SME Annual Conference & Expo.

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MSHA Final Report Issued for Fatality on 11/5/2019

A mobile maintenance mechanic was driving on the pit haulage road when the service truck he was operating left the road, hit a berm, and flipped onto its side, ejecting the miner.

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Severance Tax Reduced Last Year; Coal Industry Looks for More Help From Lawmakers

Representatives of the coal industry say there remain ways to stabilize the industry and even increase its impact by promoting alternative uses for their product.

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New Coal-Killing Energy Storage Challenge Also Dings Natural Gas

On Wednesday, newly minted Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette announced an all-hands-on-deck initiative to push the energy storage envelope farther into coal-killing territory.

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U.S. Department of Energy Launches Energy Storage Grand Challenge

The Grand Challenge builds on the $158 million Advanced Energy Storage Initiative announced in President Trump's Fiscal Year 2020 budget request.

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Mining Industry Hopes NEPA Rules Net Faster Permits

President Trump yesterday took his biggest step yet to fix priority No. 1 for the mining industry.

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Coal Is Not Going to Survive, Bloomberg Talks Jobs During Tennessee Visit

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg was in Knoxville, Tennesee Friday for the grand opening of a campaign field office.

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Greta Thunberg Calls on Siemens to Halt Planned Australia Coal Mine

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has called on German engineering group Siemens AG to stop, delay or interrupt the building of a coal mine in Australia.

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SME MineXchange: Designed For You...Explore What's Offered for Coal & Energy!

There’s A LOT going on during the MineXchange 2020 SME Annual Conference & Expo, and we are excited to share it with you!

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Sandvik Distributes Proforma Numbers for Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

Sandvik announced on October 28, 2019 that the agreement to divest the majority of Drilling and Completions (Varel) was signed.

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West Virginia Governor Announces Coal-To-Carbon Research Center

West Virginia’s governor says a technology company has agreed to open a research facility in the state to look into using coal to make carbon-based products.

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India Looks to Replace Up to 135 Mil Mt of Coal Imports With Domestic Output

India’s domestic coal sector continues to undergo reform as the country looks to meet its growing energy demand with thermal coal, while simultaneously replacing imports with domestic production, union ministers said Wednesday.

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Western States Face Huge Cleanup Liabilities From Coal Mining, New Report Finds

Wyoming has a colossal cleanup project on its hands. About 83,000 acres of land sits unreclaimed by coal companies in the state — by far the most acreage among its Western peers.

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CES 2020: 5G to Be Driven by Enterprise Use

At the outset of a new decade, the Consumer Technology Association expects enterprise to lead 5G expansion, even as 5G handsets still have a ways to go with consumers.

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COAL INDUSTRY HEADED FOR TOTAL DESTRUCTION UNLESS WE ACT, SAYS BILL REID

“The coal industry is headed for total destruction unless we all act,” said Bill Reid, Managing Editor of CoalZoom.

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Coal Industry Stands With Our Miners

Over the past few months we have witnessed a great injustice occur in some of our mining communities have reportedly failed to pay their hard-working men and women the wages they are owed.

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Saving US Coal Video No. 5 - CO2 Emissions, Fossil Fuel Use and Human Longevity

"We are very pleased today to release the fifth short video in the "Saving US Coal" campaign," said Bill Reid, Managing Editor of CoalZoom.

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Sources: US Met Coal Mine Oak Grove Remains Idle, No Restart Date

The Oak Grove coking coal mine in Alabama has been idled and no information on a restart is available, according to market sources and the coal's marketer, Javelin Global Commodities.

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New Facility to Research Coal Coming to West Virginia

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice says Ramaco Carbon, a Wyoming-based carbon technology, is opening a new facility in West Virginia that will research how to use coal to create advanced carbon products and materials.

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India Eases Rules and Throws Open Coal Mining to all Companies

India’s Coal Ministry this week amended eligibility rules which in effect will enable any company – foreign and even non-coal dependent – to participate in coal block auctions and commercial mining in the country.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production report: January 9, 2020

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending January 4, 2020.

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Proposed NEPA Changes Provide a Positive First Step in Addressing Permitting Inefficiencies

The National Mining Association today applauded the Council on Environmental Quality’s long-awaited proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act governing regulations.

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An Update 40 Years in the Making

Almost untouched since its inception in the late 1970s, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is finally getting a desperately needed update.

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Agreement Extended, Navajo Transitional Energy Co Stays Open

Another agreement between Navajo Transitional Energy Co. and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality will keep the Spring Creek mine in Big Horn County, Montana, open for at least another 65 days.

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Indonesia Sets Jan HBA Thermal Coal Price at $65.93/mt, Down 0.6% From Dec

The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources set its January thermal coal reference price -- also known as Harga Batubara Acuan, or HBA -- at $65.93/mt, down 0.6% on the month and down 28.7% on the year.

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DONATIONS TO SAVING US COAL HAVE BEGUN TO COME IN

Several thousand dollars have begun to come in for the campaign “Saving US Coal”. Friends of the coal industry are beginning to realize that they want to make a difference and that something positive can be done to save American coal.

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Coal Stakeholders Urge West Virginia Lawmakers to Protect Industry

Representatives of the coal industry and the United Mine Workers of America gathered Wednesday afternoon at the state Culture Center on the grounds of the Capitol Complex for the annual West Virginia Coal Forum Legislative Briefing.

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Virginia's Leading Coal Mine Resumes Production After Furlough

Coronado Global Resources, the company that operates the Buchanan mine, notified state officials on Dec. 16 that a little over 600 workers would be furloughed until the U.S. and China reached a trade deal on coal exports.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Asia Demand Lends Support

Prices have started picking up this week buoyed by the return of buying activity in Asia-Pacific.

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Peabody Names Mark Spurbeck As Interim Chief Financial Officer

Peabody has named Mark Spurbeck as Interim Chief Financial Officer replacing Amy Schwetz, who will be taking the Chief Financial Officer position at a leading NYSE-listed industrial company.

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Met Coal Mining Company Teck Increases Throughout Capacity at Ridley Terminals in Canada

Teck Resources has increased its contracted throughput agreement with Ridley Terminals in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to 6 million mt annually from 3 million mt, the metallurgical coal miner said Wednesday.

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Don't Blame King Coal for the Aussie Inferno

For decades, coal mining has been a cornerstone of the Australian economy: It is an industry worth $70 billion that employs tens of thousands of people.

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Australia's Fires Are Not Climate

CFACT recently traveled to Australia where we did some serious policy work. Over the years the bonds of friendship we forged with our Australian friends and colleagues have become unbreakable. This is personal.

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Mine Workers Ask PRC to Support Carbon Capture Plan, PNM's San Juan Generating Station Abandonment

In New Mexico, the group of mine workers, dressed in gray shirts with yellow or orange reflective stripes, stood out in the crowd gathered at San Juan College for the Public Regulation Commission's hearing about the San Juan Generating Station.

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Indian Industry Calls for Removal of Carbon Tax on Coal

The Federation of Indian Mineral Industries is seeking the removal of a carbon tax on imports and domestic coal ahead of India's federal budget announcement in February.

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Hexagon Strengthens its Smart Mine Solutions Portfolio With the Acquisition of Blast Movement Technology (BMT)

BMT's technologies complement Hexagon's drill and blast solutions with accurate ore location information, enabling customers to extract greater profit from every blast.

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COALS LAST STAND IS HERE NOW! PLEASE HELP, SAYS BILL REID

“General Custer may not have known it, but we certainly do know that this is coal’s last stand. And that’s why everyone in the coal industry must stand up and fight!” said Bill Reid, Managing Editor of CoalZoom.

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West Virginia Mining Company Issues WARN Notice, Dozens Will Be Laid Off

More than 60 employees of Panther Creek Mining in West Virginia are losing their jobs. The Kanawha County Commission received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification for Panther Creek Mining, LLC.

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Coal-Fired Power Falls Record 18% to Lowest Level Since 1975

Coal-fired power generation fell by 18 percent in 2019, hitting its lowest level since 1975, according to preliminary estimates released by Rhodium Group analysts Tuesday.

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CONSOL Energy Announces Investment in Coal-to-Products Space

CONSOL Energy Inc. announced today that it has made an initial investment in the coal-to-products space by acquiring a 25% equity interest in CFOAM Corp.

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Drone, High-Tech Camera to Be Used in Mine Shafts in Search for Oklahoma Girls

An underwater drone and high-tech camera will be lowered into four mine shafts that are within a mile of where authorities think two Craig County, Oklahoma teens were held and subsequently killed.

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UMWA, Coal Industry Join Together to Outline Policy Proposals Jan. 8 In Charleston

The West Virginia Coal Forum will host a forum this Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 2-4pm at the West Virginia Culture Center to inform state legislators on their 2020 legislative proposals to enhance the viability of the state’s coal industry and mining economy.

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Central Appalachia Holmes Safety

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Is PRB Coal Headed for Gradual Decine or Sheer Cliff?

Despite the continuing downturn in U.S. coal and a bruising series of bankruptcies, there’ve been no recent permanent mine closures in the Powder River Basin.

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The Wait is Over! 2020 is Here and So is MINExpo!

Attracting more than 44,000 attendees from around the globe, MINExpo® 2020 is the largest mining event that puts your products, services and technologies directly in front of eager buyers with decision-making power.

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Cultural Relics Rescued by Shanxi Coal Firms

In the city of Jiexiu, Shanxi Province, a 1,600-year-old, once dilapidated underground tunnel has been returned to its original glory.

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PLEASE, PLEASE, JOIN US AND HELP SAVE THE COAL INDUSTRY, SAYS BILL REID

“If what’s left of the US coal industry is to be saved, Obama’s EPA CO2 endangerment finding must be overturned quickly and we ask everyone to join us to help fund our efforts to save coal," said Bill Reid, Managing Editor of CoalZoom.

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Spot Volumes Rise for 4Q 2019 Premium Coking Coal

Spot trade volumes in the final quarter of 2019 rose to 3.6mn t for fob Australia trades and 4.8mn t for cfr China trades as trading firms hoarded cargoes in anticipation of restocking by Chinese steel mills early this year.

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Permit Dispute With Navajo Nation-Based Coal Firm Unresolved as Deadline Approaches

The sudden closure of Montana’s Spring Creek coal mine over a permitting dispute with state regulators in October sent waves of distress throughout the Powder River Basin, as hundreds of workers, most from Wyoming, were sent home indefinitely.

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Weekly US Coal Ship Departures Drop 14 on Week

Weekly US coal ship departures totaled 23 in the week ended December 28, down 14 from the previous week, according to data from cFlow, Platts trade flow software.

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WV Revenue Secretary: Severance Taxes to Blame for $33 Million Revenue Shortfall

West Virginia Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy told lawmakers Monday that declining severance tax collections are to blame for recent lower-than-projected revenue collection numbers.

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India Lifts Coking Coal, PCI Restocking in November

Indian steel producers increased their restocking of imported coking coal and the pulverized coal injection (PCI) grade in November, although volumes remained restricted by lower steel production rates.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: January 6, 2020

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending January 3, 2020.

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The Important Difference Between Capacity and Security

To hear environmental groups and renewable boosters tell it, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent action to restore competition to PJM Interconnection’s capacity market was a terrible solution in search of non-existent problem.

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Jennmar Announces Re-Branding of TungsteMet and XCAL Tools

Jennmar has announcd that TungsteMet, a JENNMAR company will be re-branded and given a name change to XCAL INDUSTRIES.

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Australia Lifts Iron Ore Price Forecast; Cuts Metallurgical Coal

Australia's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has marginally lifted its forecasts for iron ore prices for the next couple of years while cutting back the expected price of metallurgical coal.

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Shutdown of US Coal Power Facilities Saved Over 26,000 Lives, Study Finds

The human toll from coal-fired pollution in America has been laid bare by a study that has found more than 26,000 lives were saved in the US in just a decade due to the shift from coal to gas for electricity generation.

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COALZOOM LAUNCHES 3-WEEK APPEAL FOR SAVING US COAL CAMPAIGN

“We are asking for coal operators, mining machinery manufacturers, service providers, consultants, educators, mining associations and all friends of coal to make donations to fund our efforts," said Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.

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Jennmar to Become US Underground Coal Rail and Tie Component Leader

Jennmar, a subsidiary of Frank Calandra Inc, says it has acquired the Vossloh track, tie and rail accessory inventory from Atlantic Track.

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Kirk Tholen Named Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer of ARLP and President of Alliance Royalty, LLC

He will be located in the partnership’s Tulsa, Oklahoma office and also serve as President of ARLP’s oil & gas minerals segment.

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Coal Production Continues to Slow

Coal production in the Powder River Basin continued declining during the third quarter of 2019, with 7.7 percent less production year-to-date, new data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration published Thursday revealed.

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Future Of New Mexico Coal Power Plant The Focus Of Public Meeting

Residents in the Four Corners region will have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of a coal-fired power plant slated for closure in 2022.

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STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR COAL, SAYS BILL REID

“For the next three weeks till January 31, we are appealing for help in our efforts in “Saving US Coal”, said Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.

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Joe Biden's Pledge to Destroy Coal Jobs Could Destroy His Presidential Hopes

Biden’s recent cavalier comment calling for an end to coal mining – and similar comments by the other Democratic presidential candidates – are reminiscent of a comment by Hillary Clinton in March 2016.

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Coal, Oil and Gas Industries to Closely Follow WV Legislative Session

Representatives of the state’s most economically important industries will be closely following the work of the upcoming session of the West Virginia Legislature.

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Five-Year Report Assesses Impacts Under 25-Year-Old Mining Law

Mining company purchases of undermined and subsided surface properties in southwestern Pennsylvania have increased and that could adversely alter rural coalfield communities, according to a new analysis of the state’s 25-year-old mining law, Act 54.

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Four Activists Arrested Trying to Block Coal-Carrying Train in Masachusetts

Four climate activists who tried to block a train carrying coal to a New Hampshire power plant were arrested early Friday in Massachusetts.

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Trade Uncertainty, Coal Decline Push U.S. Rail Volumes Lower

U.S. rail traffic in 2019 tumbled 5% compared with 2018 as trade uncertainty and sluggishness in the industrial economy weighed down rail volumes. A significant drop in U.S. coal volumes also contributed to the decrease.

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The Year Coal Was on the Upswing in Cape Breton, Canada

Coal mining was supposed to be phased out in Cape Breton by 1982, but the oil crisis changed all that.

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The Path Ahead for China’s Coal Power Industry

The energy revolution and transition are profoundly shifting the trajectory of China’s power industry. During the power system transition, coal power’s role has become the focus of industry discussion.

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Kentucky Coal Miners Say They Were Laid Off Without Notice, Some Missing Paychecks

In October, the company laid off at least ten miners in Hazard.

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Sandvik Acquires Melin Tool Company

Walter, a division within Sandvik Machining Solutions, has reached an agreement to acquire the privately owned US based company Melin Tool Company, a manufacturer of solid carbide tools.

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Looking Back: The Bankruptcy That Rocked Wyoming Coal Country in 2019

Wyoming produces more coal than any other state in the country. The state also pumps out 15 times more energy than it consumes and is the nation’s largest net exporter of energy.

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Miner Recollections: John Nicholson Gardner

Each week “Miner Recollections” will spotlight Georges Creek coal heritage, and the sacrifices made by those who mined it, by drawing upon biographical sketches, family narratives and historical research.

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UK: Without Coal, Wales Would Be Part of England

Cardiff and Swansea are small villages, Wales has no capital and is considered a part of England like Cornwall.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: January 3, 2020

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending December 28, 2019.

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Coal Miners Fire Back After Biden Says They Should Just Learng How to Program

Former Vice President Joe Biden is being criticized for a recent comment claiming that workers in the nation's coal industry should be able to be retrained as computer programmers after he kills off their current jobs.

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An Old Worry Creeps Up on Cat

Caterpillar dealers sold less mining and oil-drilling equipment this fall, a worrisome sign for a company that has been burned by slumping commodity prices before.

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Worst Case for Climate Changes Doesn't Look Realistic, Says Noah Smith

In recent years, much of the commentary about climate change has gone from sternly serious to wildly despairing.

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Coal India Posts First Decline in Annual Shipments in Six Years

Coal India Ltd. posted the first decline in annual shipments in at least six years as demand from power producers weakened and its production was hit by heavy rains earlier in 2019.

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Overturning Obama’s CO2 Endangerment Finding is the Only Way to Save US Coal, Says Bill Reid

In 2020, coal production will fall to 601 million tons reflecting continued idling and closing of coal mines. Within 10 years production will fall to about 300 million tons or less as coal power plants are closed in the name of reducing CO2 levels.

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The Upper Midwest's Resilient Coal Industry

In places like North Dakota, the coal model is propped up by a relatively unique economic arrangement: lignite coal is mined immediately adjacent to coal-burning plants, which then produce electricity for consumption within state borders and beyond.

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SME Webinar: Measuring Traffic Safety Performance Indicators in Mining

The SME Webinar: Measuring Traffic Safety Performance Indicators in Mining will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am MT.

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12 Killed in Sago Mine Disaster Remembered 14 Years Later

Every January 2nd, flowers rest at the base of a memorial in Upshur County, West Virginia dedicated to 12 miners killed in a 2006 mine explosion.

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Major Duke Energy Coal Ash Settlement Could Impact Utilities in Other US Regions

"This is a historic settlement that puts in place the largest coal ash cleanup in America where Duke will have to clean at least 126 million tons of coal ash," said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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No Storage Space in China as Coking Coal Imports Resume

Customs declarations for imported coking coal have been allowed again at China's key ports including Jingtang, Caofeidian and Bayuquan from January 1, but a lack of available storage space continues to hinder customers wanting to buy from the import marke

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Analysis: Itochu Invests in $450 Million NCR Coking Coal Mine, Boosts US High-Vol A Supply

A new US high-vol A coking coal mine project in West Virginia, close to Arch Coal's flagship Leer mine, has found backing from Japan's Itochu Corp., as the trader joins AMCI and South Korean steelmaker Posco with plans to support coal demand in Asia.

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Biden to Coal Miners: Learn to Program. Industry Spox Responds

Joe Biden had a moment on the campaign trail Monday in Derry, New Hampshire that created a stir. During a campaign event, he was asked about the coal mining industry’s future in a green new world. As he frequently does, Biden trashed the fossil fuel secto

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WV Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton Addresses Comments by Former VP Joe Biden

"Listen, these coal miners absolutely love what they do and they recognize the importance and value. It's a very honorable profession." said Chris Hamilton, Senior Vice President of the West Virginia Coal Association.

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Joe Biden's Coal Miner Comments are Insulting: Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Executive Director

Pennsylvania Coal Alliance executive director Rachel Gleason discusses former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments that coal miners should learn coding and the coal industry in her state.

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‘Completely Unrealistic And Unproductive’: Yang Swipes At Biden For Blue-Collar Coding Remarks

Earlier this week, former Vice President Joe Biden took an apparent swipe at blue-collar workers, declaring that coal miners should “learn how to program.”

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American Resources Corporation On A Mission To Capitalize From Metallurgical Carbon Demand In 2020

The company is further developing an innovative and modernized approach to extract and monetize high-grade metallurgical carbon without the casualty of environmental hazards or infringements.

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Electric Power Generation: Coal Is Currently a Vital Component

Over the past decade, there has been a significant change in the U.S. system of power generation in the lower 48 states.

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Sago Tragedy 14 Years Ago Today

Shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2006, a methane ignition in a recently sealed area of the Sago Mine triggered an explosion that blew out those seals, sending smoke, dust, debris and carbon monoxide into the working sections of the mine.

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Transformative Coal Power Technologies Take Shape

The coal power industry acknowledges that to play a stable role in future power markets, it needs to modernize, and perhaps even overhaul its long-held status as a “conventional generator.” Could new technology give it the reboot it needs?

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Coal Outlook 2020: Green Energy Threatens Prices, Demand

This time last year, many expected coal prices to continue to fall, even though demand was estimated to remain stable throughout the year. In fact, coal performed with volatility again in 2019 as weakening demand put pressure on prices.

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When Coal Ruled Our Region

Dozens of coal mines once burrowed under the landscape of Athens, Ohio and several adjoining counties, forming the backbone of a strong regional economy that for decades put food on the table of local families.

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum to Stay Open Late Fridays

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Colorado will be open until 8 p.m. Friday nights beginning in January for locals and visitors looking for something different to do at the end of a week of work or skiing.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year From CoalZoom.com and CoalMinerExchange.com!

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Coal Isn't Dying. It Moved to Asia

In the United States, coal, that supervillain of fossil-fuels, is in a death spiral. But on a global scale, there’s no spiral, just an arrow pointing to Asia. Turns out coal isn’t dying; it’s moving.

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Please Stop Telling Miners To Learn To Code

Good news, coal miners: Joe Biden has a brilliant idea for your future. “Anybody who can go down 3000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well…Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!”

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