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2018: A Year in Coal

Even while the White House considered different ways to extend a lifeline for coal plants and proposed a replacement for the Clean Power Plan that may soften emissions regulations, many generators still faced a difficult market.

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Coal Boom in India and Southeast Asia to Cancel Out Declines in North America and Europe, Says Report

Coal will continue to stay high on the agenda for the next five years despite much of Europe and North America phasing out the dirtiest of all fossil fuels.

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Aldermen Approve Financing Deal for Komatsu HQ Complex Project

Milwaukee aldermen have agreed to a financing package that will help move forward the proposed new Komatsu Mining Corp. headquarters and manufacturing facility, despite concerns that the project would not create a high enough job density at the site.

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The World's Most Controversial Coal Mine Is Set to Break Ground

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani’s Carmichael is located in Australia’s huge Galilee Basin, which covers around 250,000 square kilometers.

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Burnmorecoal.com Hits Green Power Utilities in Stockholder Meetings

Fred Palmer and Steve Milloy have launched Burnmorecoal.com and they are collecting proxies, filing stockholder motions and sending letters to senior management.

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Six Days on, Fourteen Miners Remain Trapped in Flooded India Coal Mine

The mine has been termed "illegal" by activists, since coal mining in Meghalaya, India using the ‘rat-hole mining’ technique has been banned by the National Green Tribunal in 2014.

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Burn More Coal Reports: Discussion With Exelon

Fred Palmer and Steve Milloy discussed the Burn More Coal shareholder proposal with Exelon’s sustainability and investment relations management.

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MineWare System Supports Underwater Dragline Digging

Enhanced with MineWare's new Machine Terrain Mapping technology module, Pegasys can now help miners locate and recover material up to 100ft (30.5m) below water.

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International Energy Agency Expects Global Coal Demand to Remain Stable Until 2023

The global demand for coal will remain stable until 2023 due to strong growth in India and Southeast Asia despite its declining use in Europe and the United States, according to a report by the International Energy Agency released Tuesday.

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New Climate Report Not Very Different From Other Climate Reports

There are many legitimate reasons to question the warnings of climate doom, including the millennia long history of alternating periods of warming temperatures and ice ages, demonstrating that warming and cooling periods occur naturally.

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Closure of German Hard Coal Mining This Week is End of an Epoch

Miners will present the last piece of hard coal mined in Germany to the country’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in a ceremony to mark the end of the industry on Friday.

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India Must Expand Coal Production

India's union power minister RK Singh has said electricity demand is expected to grow manifold but coal supply remains an area of concern.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: December 17, 2018

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending December 14, 2018.

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Announces Agreement to Acquire Oil and Gas Mineral Interests and Development of Excel Mine No. 5

"Today’s announcements reflect ARLP’s commitment to continually invest in our business to build and support long-term cash flows," said Joseph W. Craft III, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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COP24 Conference Sets Sufficient Rules on Curbing Global Warming

By and large, rules aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions have been prepared. The international community needs to make steady efforts in this respect.

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MSHA Fatality Report Posted - Fatality #6 - September 11, 2018

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at approximately 4:10 p.m., Kameron Rankin, a 27-year-old mobile bridge carrier operator with 7 weeks of mining experience was fatally injured.

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French Coal Plant Workers Extend Action Against 2022 Closure Plan

France's five coal-fired power plants remained offline Monday as workers protested against state plans to close them by 2022.

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Bankrupt Coal Firm Told Union New Buyers Didn't Want to Observe Contract With Miners

The bankrupt coal firm that operates Wyoming’s Kemmerer mine told union officials that potential buyers will likely want to break the existing contract with miners, eliminating protection for current and retired workers.

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Former Fossil Fuels Lobbyist to Head Interior Department as Zinke Exits

The deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, will take over at least temporarily when Zinke steps down at the end of the year.

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Westmoreland Resource Partners vs. Arch Coal Financial Analysis

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

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Three Who Entered Mine Face Previous Charges, No New Charges

In West Virginia, Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller said Friday that a criminal investigation is ongoing in the case of four people who have admitted entering a mine near Clear Creek.

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Sonar System Fails to Detect Trapped Coal Miners in India

In India, the National Disaster Response Force used sonar system and underwater camera to detect 13 miners, who have been trapped inside a coal pit filled with water in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district since Thursday morning.

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Packed House for CFACT's Poland Climate Forum

Emotions have run high in Poland since the United Nations climate conference came to town.

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Trustee: McKinsey Should Be Barred From Coal Bankruptcy Case

McKinsey & Co. should be denied consulting work — and the lucrative fees it gets as a result — in the Westmoreland Coal Co. bankruptcy, federal lawyers said in the latest attack on the firm’s restructuring business.

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Judge Approves Murray Energy Contract Settlement With FirstEnergy Solutions, FirstEnergy Generation

A federal bankruptcy judge approved an agreement between Murray Energy and bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions/FirstEnergy Generation to settle the coal company's $3.1 billion damage claim against the FirstEnergy subsidiaries.

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Survivors of Mine Entrapment Show Middle Finger to Media After Being Saved

West Virginia coal mine survivor, Cody Beverly, 21, and two male friends, were filmed showing their middle fingers to a media photographer, only hours after being saved.

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Another Major Investor Joins World Bank in Dropping Support for Coal

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has dropped its support for coal.

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Canada: Committee to Oversee Expansion of Teck Coal Mine in Sparwood, British Columbia

Teck Coal is currently in the post-certification stage of the Environmental Assessment process for the Baldy Ridge Extension project at Elkview Operations.

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China: Seven Miners Killed After Skip Plumets Down Mine Shaft

Seven miners were killed and three others injured in an accident at a coal mine in south-western China, state media reported.

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As Ryan Zinke Departs, Trump Says He Will Name New Interior Secretary Next Week

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has aggressively sought to roll back Obama-era environmental protections, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday.

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Scuba Divers, Boats Summoned To Rescue India Coal Miners from 320 Ft Deep Mine

After local activists in India's coal-rich East Jaintia Hills district while they were documenting any illegal coal mining activities, the state is now carrying out a vigorous search operation to rescue 13 miners who are trapped inside the ‘rat-hole’.

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Climate Change Talks in Poland Going Nowhere Fast

Present among the 193 nations negotiating a crucial agreement on climate change and reducing carbon emissions in Katowice, southern Poland, is one country that has already decided it will not be bound by the final outcome.

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Ohio: Seneca Anti-Wind Union Has Ties to a Lawyer for Big Coal

Leading members of the Seneca Anti-Wind Union who are opposing proposals to build new wind farms in their county are represented by a lawyer who is also fighting other renewable energy projects in Ohio on behalf of the coal industry.

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Westmoreland Coal Top Executive Resigns, Takes Bonus Designed to Keep Him Through Bankruptcy

The chief financial officer of Westmoreland Coal is resigning and collecting more than $1 million in incentives, all while the company is navigating Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Ohio's Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park Calendar Project

The 2019 Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park calendars are done and ready for sale. They will feature Hanna Coal & Consol Coal Tipples from the 1930’s through the 1970s.

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Poland Boosts Met Coke Exports as Buyers Diversify

Polish exports of metallurgical coke have picked up in recent months, in particular through ports as opposed to rail crossings, as high Chinese prices encourage some mills to boost consumption of alternative origins.

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Canadian Coal Plants to be Phased Out by 2030

The federal government of Canada announced on Dec. 12, 2018, that traditional coal-fired electric generation plans will be phased out by 2030. Greenhouse gas regulations for natural gas-fired generating stations was also published.

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Murray Energy Corporation Announces New Media Contact

Murray Energy Corporation has announced that Mr. Jason D. Witt will become the contact for all media inquiries relative to Murray Energy and its independent operating subsidiary companies, effective immediately.

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Kentucky Public Service Commission Names Karen Wilson as Legislative Director

Karen Wilson, a 22-year employee of Kentucky state government, has joined the staff of the Kentucky Public Service Commission as its legislative liaison and executive advisor to the commissioners.

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China Accuses Rich Nations of ‘Backsliding’ on Climate Pledges

China accused some of the richest nations in the world of “backsliding” on pledges to clean up pollution and provide $100 billion a year in climate-related aid by 2020.

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Man Rescued From Mine is Son of Prisoner Convicted of Multiple Mine Break-Ins

A source confirmed that Cody Beverly's father is Brandon Beverly -- an inmate currently in prison for breaking into mines in at least four different counties.

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Thirteen Miners Feared Dead in India After Being Flooded in Illegal Mine

Officials told CNN efforts are underway to pump water out of the coal mine in the state's East Jaintia Hills district after the miners became trapped Thursday.

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Man Rescued in West Virginia Coal Mine: Four-Day Ordeal Was Terrible

Their faces covered in black soot, three adults safely rescued after several days in an inactive West Virginia coal mine were mobbed by loved ones in a teary reunion, then they thanked the crews that got them out.

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COP24 Official Side Event: CCS as an Enabler for Effective Climate Action Globally

“To limit global warming, we need impressive changes and transformations of all sectors.” With these words, Thelma Krug, Vice Chair of the IPCC, began her remarks on the findings of the most recent IPCC Report on 1.5°C.

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Coal Country Christmas in McDowell County, West Virginia

Almost 400 McDowell County, West Virgiia children celebrated Christmas a few weeks early tonight

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States, Environmentalists Join Forces in Coal Leasing Case Against Feds

Oral arguments were heard Thursday in Great Falls, Montana over Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to reinstate coal leasing on federal lands.

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COP24: Return of King Coal

Poland is hosting lobbying for coal and fossil fuels of a scale that has rarely been seen during an annual UN conference on climate. The EU is turning a blind eye to this new facet of its ‘enfant terrible.’ EURACTIV France reports.

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Democrats Scramble to Draft Climate Plants

Spurred by dire scientific warnings and new Capitol Hill protests, Democrats preparing to run for president have been rushing to shift their plans for combating climate change, especially in Midwestern swing states won by President Donald Trump.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending December 8, 2018.

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Caterpillar Board of Directors Elects CEO Jim Umpleby as Chairman; Elects Dave Calhoun as Presiding Director

Both moves are effective immediately.

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Calandra Group, LLC and ABC Technology Group USA Announce Joint Venture

ABC Technology Group’s vertically-integrated manufacturing experience of high-quality ventilation products will offer a comprehensive ventilation product line and application solutions throughout the USA.

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Coking Coal Prices Rise as Cyclone Threatens Queensland, Australia

Tropical Cyclone Owen could bring heavy rainfall this weekend to Queensland's coking coal producing region, sending spot prices higher as buyers and trading firms take new positions.

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The U.S. Should Be Burning Up Coal This Winter But Probably Won't

With natural gas prices surging in the U.S., you might think coal would be king again this winter. Think again.

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Thirteen Believed Dead in Meghalaya Illegal Mine Accident

Thirteen miners were feared dead after an illegal coal mine they were digging collapsed on them in Meghalaya’s coal-rich East Jaintia Hills, an area where illegal mining is rife and a National Green Tribunal ban on such activities has been in place for fo

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Three Found Alive in West Virginia Coal Mine

Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said.

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Enable Meaningful Participation, Pleads Women in Mining Chair

The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi.

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A New Coal Mine is Opening is Pennsylvania. Is Trump to Thank?

"We're not dead yet, we've still got a pulse in Mahanoy City," said Mahanoy City Borough Council President Tom Maziekas. "Thank God Trump lifted all the regulations on coal ... coal is gonna be king."

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Canadian Universities Not Keeping Up With Mining Industry Demands

A recent report on Canada’s mining sector suggests that there may soon be a rebound in the industry, but it warns that a drop in the number of mining engineering graduates needs to be countered with educational reform to achieve sustainability.

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European Development Bank Pulls Plus on Funding for Coal Mines

The European bank which funds international development around the world will stop paying for coal projects in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

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Ohio: Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park to be Recognized at 8th Annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon to be Held in Columbus

Heritage Ohio and Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area will hold the eighth annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium, located at 1 Capitol Square.

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EIA's Annual Energy Outlook Retrospective Review

The Annual Energy Outlook Retrospective Review compares realized energy outcomes with the Reference case projections included in previous editions of the Annual Energy Outlook beginning with 1994.

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Why President Trump’s Coal Comeback Keeps Falling Short

Remember that big coal-mining comeback promised by President Donald Trump? Well, employment in the sector did go up by 400 jobs in November to an estimated 53,200, the highest level since February 2016.

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Coal Supporter Manchin Named Top Democrat on Senate Energy Committee

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve West Virginians in this new role as the lead Democrat on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,” Manchin said in a statement.

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Changes in Coal Sector Led to Less SO2 and NOx Emissions From Electric Power Industry

Annual U.S. electric power industry emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides have declined by 88% and 76%, respectively, between their peaks in 1997 and 2017.

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Analysis: Arch Coal to Optimize Resources, Miners Transferred to Higher Heat Content Mine

The shift of about 100 coal miners from Arch Coal's Coal Creek mine to their Black Thunder mine in the Powder River Basin is part of a larger trend of producers shifting their interest from lower heat content coal mines in the basin.

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Desperate Search for Three People Missing Inside Abandoned West Virginia Coal Mine

Workers are removing water and pumping fresh air into a nonoperational coal mine in West Virginia as they search for three people stuck inside.

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World Coal Association Responds to Global Status of CCUS

The World Coal Association has welcomed the publication of the Global Status of CCS: 2018 report calling on world leaders for enhanced support for CCS projects in order to meet the Paris Agreement targets.

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Committee Okays $40 Million For Komatsu

Milwaukee's Department of City Development is proposing to sell a 13-acre parcel to industrial giant Komatsu for a new headquarters and manufacturing campus for its Komatsu Mining division, the result of purchasing the old Joy Global company.

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin Elevated to Top Democrat on Energy Committee Despite Green Critics

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a vocal supporter of the coal industry, was officially tapped Tuesday to be the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee next Congress.

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Company Hiring for Poplar Grove Coal Mine

Hartshorne Mining, LLC is currently hiring personnel as the Poplar Grove coal mine in western Kentucky moves to production in late 2018.

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Doncaster, England's Mining Statue Gets the Go Ahead

Doncaster, England's proud mining heritage will be honored for years to come with the exciting news today that the campaign to build an iconic town center tribute has been successful.

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Proposed WOTUS Definition Provides Regulatory Certainty and Recognizes States' Key Role in Protecting Water Resources

"Our laws were designed to both protect our nation’s waterways and provide the regulatory certainty necessary for a thriving economy,” said Hal Quinn, NMA President and CEO.

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EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook

EIA forecasts that the electricity generation share from coal will average 28% in 2018 and 26% in 2019, down from 30% in 2017.

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Paringa Appoints U.S. Based CEO & MD

Paringa Resources Limited has announced that it has appointed Egan J. Antill as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, effective from December 12, 2018.

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U.S. Hampton Roads Coal Exports at 3.11 Million St in November, Down 16.2% on Month

Coal exports out of the terminals in the Hampton Roads region in Virginia were at 3.11 million st in November, down 16.2% from 3.71 million st in October, Virginia Maritime Association data showed Monday.

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Desperate Search for Three People Missing in West Virginia Mine; One Survivor Emerges

Rescue teams were exploring an underground West Virginia coal mine on Tuesday in search of two women and a man, after the fourth person in the group emerged on Monday night to report the location of the remaining three.

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Paringa Appoints U.S.-Based CEO

Coal developer Paringa Resources has appointed Egan J Antill as CEO and MD, effective from December 12.

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COP24 - Paris Rulebook and CCUS in the Spotlight

Liam McHugh, WCA Policy Manager, shares an update from COP24 in Poland, where technical negotiations surrounding the implementation of the Paris Agreement will soon reach the ‘political’ phase and CCUS is receiving increased attention.

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Editorial: New Coal Plants Should Have Role in Energy Plan

Many are pointing to a new report showing U.S. coal consumption has dropped to a 39-year low as evidence that the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the coal industry have failed.

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Celebrating Saint Barbara; Patroness of Miners and Mine Safety in December

Saint Barbara is the patroness of miners and armorers, artillerymen, architects, mathematicians and the Italian navy - things associated with explosions or with the tower that she was sequestered in or her bath house with three windows.

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U.S., Russia, Saudis Downplay IPCC Report in Display of Disunity

Three years ago in Paris, the U.S. delegation was instrumental in drafting thousands of words that ultimately became one of the most significant agreements ever to be approved by all nations on earth: the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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U.S. Touts Coal at Climate Summit

“We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability,” said Wells Griffith, Trump's adviser.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: December 10, 2018

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending December 7, 2018.

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Miners to Be Moved to Black Thunder

The second largest thermal coal producer in the U.S. is moving about 100 miners from its Coal Creek mine in northern Wyoming to its higher-production Black Thunder mine outside Wright.

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Australia Only Nation to Join U.S. at Pro-Coal Event at COP24

Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to coal – and its unwavering support for the United States – by appearing at a US government-run event promoting the use of fossil fuels at the United Nations climate talks in Poland.

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India's Coal Imports Rose 10% to 156 MT During April-November

India's coal imports rose 9.7 percent to 156.08 million tonne in the April-November period of the ongoing fiscal, as against 142.25 MT in the year-ago period, according to a report by mjunction services.

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Federal Government Issues RFP for Coal Plants of the Future

The U.S. Department of Energy is rapidly moving ahead with its support for development of more modern and efficient coal plants, and issued a request for proposals on Friday, seeking conceptual designs through its Office of Fossil Energy.

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La Taxe Carbone?

CFACT used the weekend break at COP 24, the UN climate conference in Poland, to head to France to do some research.

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West Virginia Officials Search for Four in Abandoned Coal Mine

Four people who may have entered an abandoned West Virginia coal mine remained missing Monday morning, a day after officials said rescuers began a perilous operation to scour the mine in hopes of finding the quartet.

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Widow Alleges Mining Company's Negligence Caused Husband's Death

Rodney Osborne was fatally injured at the Gateway Eagle Mine when he was pinned between the cutter head of the remote-controlled continuous mining machine and a coal rib that was equipped with the defendants' Smartzone Gen 2 proximity detection.

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India: Power Crisis Looming, Coal-Based Plants Key to Avert It, Say Experts

A power crisis is looming large on India and the country needs to immediately start planning coal-based power plants and transmission corridors to avert it, experts have cautioned.

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Sixth Annual Coal Miner's Day Swap Meet Held in Fairmont, West Virginia

This event is hosted by the Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association.

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Komatsu Plans $7.1 Million Warehouse, Offices

Komatsu, the Japan-based company that bought Joy Global Inc.’s manufacturing plant in South Longview, is planning a $7.1 million addition with a new parts warehouse and associated offices.

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West Virginia Icon Reflects on Her Legacy Before Final Home Tour

On the quiet streets of Bramwell, West Virginia, people can sometimes find lifelong resident Betty Goins walking guests around the neighborhood and through the homes in which coal operators once lived.

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The Green Agenda Burns to Ashes in Paris

The anarchical mayhem in the streets of Paris in recent days paint a picture of a fractured society with deep-seated problems—a breakdown of the fragile yet essential rule of law.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Applauds EPA Plan for New Coal-Fired Power Plants

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is praising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what he calls its commitment to a “more comprehensive approach” to regulating new coal-fired power plants.

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Foresight Working to Reopen Idled Deer Run Coal Mine in Illinois

Foresight Energy is moving to reopen its long-idled Deer Run longwall mine in Montgomery County, Illinois, which the company "permanently" closed last February after a "combustion event" occurred in 2015, officials said Friday.

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COP24: Poland Shows No Signs of Breaking Coal Addiction

As day broke on negotiations at a momentous climate change conference in the Polish city of Katowice, politicians, diplomats and scientists were given a rude awakening.

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Coal & the SDGs: Bogota Roundtable

The third in a series of events that WCA has hosted throughout 2018, the roundtable brought together a range of stakeholders for a high-level discussion on coal and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Coal Booster to Join Energy Regulator, Dealing Setback to Green Movement

Earth Day is usually an occasion for politicians to extoll natural wonders and our efforts to preserve them. For Bernard L. McNamee, who today becoming one of the nation’s top energy regulators, it was an opportunity to praise oil and coal.

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Trump Administration Touts Fossil Fuels at U.N. Climate Summit

President Trump may be pulling the United States out of the global Paris Accord on global warming, but the administration is making a hard sell for its side of the story at the giant U.N. climate summit now underway in the heart of Poland’s coal-producing

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Coal is Still King in Poland, Where World Leaders Gather to Confront Climate Catastrophe

For centuries, from the start of Europe’s industrial revolution, through war and peace, and the long years of communist rule, coal was king in Poland.

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Pennsylvania Coal Miners Memorial Dedicated

On October 7th, the Coal Miners Remembered memorial was officially dedicated at the Blakely Borough Recreational Center.

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U.S. Met Coal Exports Total 5.29 Million MT in October

U.S. metallurgical coal exports in October totaled 5.29 million mt, up 42.8% from the prior month and up 25.2% from the year-ago month, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Clears Way for Coal Supporter Manchin to Head Energy Committee

Senator Wyden is next in line for the ranking seat on the Senate Energy Committee – a position that would hold tremendous power over which carbon policies and other climate change-related energy bills see the light of day on the Senate floor.

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SME: 2019 Faculty Grant Application Period is Open

The application period for the Ph.D. Fellowship and Academic Career Development Grants will run December 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.

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American Coal Council Statement on EPA's Proposal for Greenhouse Gases From New Coal Power Plants

The American Coal Council applauds EPA’s proposal to revise the prior administration’s New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gases from new coal power plants.

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Trump Administration to Lift Barriers to Build New Coal Plants

The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era rules on climate change regulation limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal power plants in the United States, making it easier to build new ones.

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U.S. to Weaken Carbon Limits on New Coal Plants

President Donald Trump's administration is trying to make it cheaper to build coal-fired power plants by rolling back a rule that effectively required new plants to capture and store a portion of their carbon dioxide emissions.

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Two Men Charged With Breaking Into Mine; Second Incident in Ten Days

For the second time in ten days, an abandoned West Virginia coal mine has been breached after alleged thieves searched for copper wiring.

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Republicans Push Through Controversial Trump Energy Nominee

The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal energy board despite a video that shows the nominee saying renewable energy "screws up" the nation's electrical grid.

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Book Features Doncaster, England as it Charts the History of Yorkshire Collieries

A book co-written by a Doncaster, England historian, that commemorates the coal mining industry throughout Yorkshire at its height, has been well received.

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Trump EPA Acts to Roll Back Control on Coal Industry

The Environmental Protection Agency moved Tuesday to further ease rules on the sagging U.S. coal industry, this time scaling back what would have been a tough control on climate-changing emissions from any new coal plants.

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EPA Announces Plan to Ease Carbon Emissions Rule for New Coal Plants

The EPA said Thursday it plans to reverse a rule that would have forced new coal plants to install technology to capture their carbon dioxide emissions, marking the latest effort by the Trump administration to repeal Obama-era climate regulations.

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EPA Announces Rollback of Obama-Era Coal Emissions Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday a plan to roll back Obama administration-era coal emissions standards.

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Mine Cleanup Bill Deserves Support, Action

Hal Quinn, National Mining Association President and CEO issued a statement today in support of the “Good Samaritan Remediation of Orphan Hardrock Mines Act of 2018.

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Utah Mining Production Worth $3.3 Billion in 2017, Up 7 Percent From 2016

The mining industry in Utah is in no pit — it has actually grown, according to a new report.

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Jaisen Kohmuench Promoted to Eriez Senior Director of Asia-Pacific Operations and Strategy

Kohmuench has earned consistent promotions and held numerous titles during his long history with Eriez. He most recently concluded a three-year expatriate post as Managing Director of Eriez-Australia.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: Thursday, December 06, 2018

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending December 1, 2018.

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Revised NSPS for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coal Plants Embrace Today's Technologies to Achieve Immediate Emissions Reductions

“The proposed standard for new coal plants represents smart energy policy by preserving the optionality, diversity and security in our nation’s power supply with the use of more efficient, demonstrated coal technologies,” said Hal Quinn, NMA President and

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Statement Regarding National Miners Day

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta released a statement regarding National Miners Day.

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A Path Forward for High Efficiency, Low Emissions Coal Technology in the U.S.

The EPA announced today a proposed revision to the new source performance standards for CO2 emissions from new coal power plants.

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Prairie State Generating Company’s Lively Grove Mine Receives NMA’s CORESafety® Certification

CORESafety brings the industry’s enduring commitment to employee safety to life in a concrete, practical framework

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Cat® 990K Aggregate Handler Boosts Wheel Loader Production in Rehandling Applications

With as much as a 25 percent payload increase, as compared to the standard 990K Wheel Loader, the new Aggregate Handler enables customers to load trucks and railcars faster and to move more material in load-and-carry and stockpile handling tasks.

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin Changes Mind on Trump's Pro-Coal Nominee Amid Pressure

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin reversed course Wednesday and voted against President Trump’s nominee to FERC amid a drive by his party’s progressive wing to stop him from becoming the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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Boost to Black Lung Fund Unfair Burden on Mining Industry

Now is the absolute wrong time for a tax increase on the coal industry. And yet a tax increase is exactly what the industry — and the communities it supports — will face if some in Congress and the Herald-Leader’s editorial board get their way.

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Trump Promised to Rescue the Coal Industry. But He Can't.

The Trump administration attempted a daring rescue of the coal country, but the pro-coal agenda is failing to jump-start a renaissance — and analysts don't see one on the horizon.

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Playing Host to Climate Conference, Poland Promotes Coal

As thousands of environmental experts from around the world arrived for a conference on climate change, hoping to find a way to stem the damage caused by burning fossil fuels, their Polish hosts arranged for a band to greet them.

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Feds Object to Bankruptcy Plan Proposed by Owner of Wyoming Coal Mine

The bankrupt coal firm that owns the Kemmerer mine in southern Wyoming has provided too little detail in its restructuring plan for a reasonable review, a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice stated in an objection filed Friday.

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EPA Will Ease Path to New Coal Plants

The Trump administration is poised to roll back a significant climate change regulation on coal-fired power plants, making it easier to build new coal plants in the United States.

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UN: Makind Ending, Women Hardest Hit

The UN plans to save us all through the mighty power of political correctness. They are making "gender" a key feature of the talks.

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Peabody Honors Global Leadership And Innovation In Clean Coal Technologies

Peabody today highlighted best-in-class clean coal technologies with the company's Fifth Annual Peabody Global Clean Coal Leadership Awards.

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Storm Clouds on the Horizon for U.S. Coal Exports, Analysts Warn

The recent strong seaborne market for U.S. thermal and metallurgical coal could soon face pressure from slowing global economic growth and escalating trade tension, analysts at the American Coal Council's 17th annual Coal Trading Conference cautioned.

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Ramaco Resources, Inc. Announces Completion of Temporary Conveying System at its Elk Creek Plant and Resumes Coal Shipments from Elk Creek

The first temporary conveying system will allow the Company to bypass the now damaged raw coal storage silo, and allows for the immediate processing and shipping of coal at an estimated 55% to 65% of the entire plant capacity, throughout December 2018.

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U.S. Coal Consumption in 2018 Expected to the Lowest in 39 Years

EIA expects total U.S. coal consumption in 2018 to fall to 691 million short tons, a 4% decline from 2017 and the lowest level since 1979.

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Mine Workers Sue Federal Regulators Over Controversial Mine Safety Decision

The United Mine Workers of America is suing the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration after the agency reduced its heightened oversight of a West Virginia coal mine with a poor safety record.

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Trump's Pick for EPA Already Rolling Back Climate Change Protections

Andrew Wheeler was a "driving force" behind the agenda of Sen. James Inhofe, who called climate change a "hoax," according to people familiar with Wheeler's work for the senator.

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Sandvik in Strategic Partnership With Russian Coking Coal Miner Kolmar

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has secured a strategic partnership agreement with Kolmar.

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License to Operate in Changing Social, Digital Landscape Miners' Biggest Risk

License to operate has been identified as the biggest risk to mining, a new report by professional services firm EY shows.

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Effective Ban on New Coal Mining Plans in Wales

Applications for opencast and deep-mine coal mining will only be allowed under "exceptional circumstances".

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How to Attract Experienced People Back Into the Mining Industry

Experienced mining job candidates who left or were forced out of the industry during the last downturn are reluctant to return to the industry, despite the current skills shortage.

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Poland President Andrzej Duda: I Will Not Allow Coal Industry to be Murdered

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has declared his unequivocal support for the miners and the future of the coal industry on the day on which the miners celebrate their patron saint Barbara’s day.

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U.S. Coal Consumption Drops to Lowest Level Since 1979

A report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration projected Tuesday that 2018 would see the lowest U.S. coal consumption since 1979, as well as the second-greatest number on record of coal-fired power plants shutting down.

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Coal Country Christmas Party to Visit McDowell County, West Virginia

A human service agency aided by coal industry generosity is sending Christmas party invitations to McDowell County, West Virginia children who might otherwise go without any gift this holiday season.

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Trump Administration To Double Down On Coal In Katowice, Says Energy Access Requires Fossil

The two-week global climate talks in Katowice, Poland, kicked off this week.

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U.S. Insurers Provide Lifeline to Coal as Global Insurance Market Shrinks

Report shows European insurers leading on restricting coal industry’s access to underwriting while U.S. insurers undermine action to tackle climate change.

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Peabody Acquires Shoal Creek Seaborne Metallurgical Coal Mine

"This accretive Shoal Creek purchase represents a tremendous step in Peabody's commitment to upgrade our seaborne metallurgical coal portfolio and target the highly attractive seaborne demand centres," said Peabody CEO Glenn Kellow.

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Tennessee Valley Authority Decisions on Paradise 3, Bull Run Coal Units May Come as Early as February

The fates of the Tennessee Valley Authority's remaining 971-MW coal-fired generating unit at its Paradise Steam Plant in Kentucky and its 863-MW Bull Run coal-fired plant in Tennessee could be decided as soon as February.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: December 3, 2018

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending November 30, 2018.

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Peabody Completes Acquisition Of Shoal Creek Seaborne Hard Coking Coal Mine

The acquisition includes the well-capitalized mine, preparation plant and logistical assets and excludes legacy liabilities other than reclamation.

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Montana Tech's Underground Mining Class Takes Students Beneath the Surface

Since they started working in the old network of mine shafts, mining engineering professor Scott Rosenthal said his students have rehabbed drifts, intersected old works, and have also created new drifts.

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Utah Regulators Seek Fix for Methane Leaks at Coal Mine

Utah regulators want the owner of a coal mine near Price to address a highly flammable gas leaking into the atmosphere.

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Longwall Top-Coal Caving: A Productive and Efficient Alternative

In the right conditions, longwall mining is one of the safest, most productive and most efficient ways to produce coal.

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Mission Poland 2018

UN General Assembly president Maria Espinosa kicked off the big climate circus in Poland by proclaiming "mankind is in danger of disappearing" if we don't double down on UN climate politics (and funding).

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Polish President Defends Country's Use of Coal

Poland's President Andrzej Duda has defended the country's reliance on its coal, arguing that it does not conflict with the need to combat climate change.

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State Mine Rescue Teams Could Be Disbanded as Coal Industry Declines

As Tennessee’s coal mining industry continues its decades long decline, the state teams responsible for rescuing trapped miners could be disbanded.

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Utah Coal Mine Keeps Emitting Methane a Decade After it Ceased Operations

The Centennial Mine, tucked in a scenic cleft under Utah’s Book Cliffs known as Deadman Canyon, once extracted bituminous coal from deep under the West Tavaputs Plateau.

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Caterpillar Tells Miners How Cat Large Trucks Can Boost Their Bottom Line

Caterpillar recently held a two-day program focused solely on large mining trucks — introducing two new models, providing an update on all Cat ultra-class models, and launching a new message around the entire Cat truck lineup.

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Doncaster, England's Mining Sculpture: A Rich Seam of Inspiration

It will be a permanent reminder of the hard work and bravery of thousands of men and women who worked in Doncaster's pits with 40 of their faces forged in bronze.

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Mine Safety Official Explains Why Mine Search Was Called Off

The search for Wes Blackburn, of Oceana, was called off Thursday after crews went 1,000 feet into the abandoned mine near Wharton. The former Lightfoot No. 1 Blackhawk Mine closed in 1998 and had been sealed.

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Black Lung Event Scheduled December 5 in Beckley, West Virginia

The Black Lung Center will help miners file claims Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Beckley-Raleigh Convention Center on Armory Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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World Coal Association's Engagement at COP24 in Poland

This year’s COP has one main objective – to deliver the framework that will operationalize and implement the Paris Agreement work program.

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Chinese Power Utilities, Thermal Coal Miners to Set Longer Term Contracts

China's top planner National Development and Reform Commission had instructed Chinese power utilities to set longer term deals with domestic thermal coal producers in a bid to stabilize domestic prices, sources said Friday.

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U.S. Utilities Set To Retire Coal Capacity At Double The 2017 Rate

Domestic coal-fired power plants are set to shut down at double the rate of last year. The retirements would remove about 6 percent of all coal-generated capacity in the U.S.

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Coal is Still King in Global Power Production

Despite efforts to tackle global warming, worldwide demand for coal was up one percent last year, mainly due to demand in Asia.

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: Mining Will Play a Key Role in Poland's Economy

Miners and mining are the foundation of the Polish economy and will play a key role in the future, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during celebrations of miners patron day at Polish Mining Group this Friday in Katowice, southern Poland.

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Climate Conference Host Poland Plans to Open New Coal Mine

U.N. climate conference host Poland is planning to open a new coal mine next year as demand for energy grows.

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Australia's Aurizon Reopens Blackwater Coal Rail System

Australian rail operator Aurizon has reopened the Blackwater coal rail system in the state of Queensland after fires forced its closure earlier in the week, a spokesman for the company said Friday.

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Eckley, Pennsylvania Invites Visitors to See a Coal Miner's Christmas

Eckley, Pennsylvania residents took a step back in time to experience the Christmas holiday at the Eckley Miners’ Village Museum on Saturday afternoon.

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India's Adani Files Solo With $10 Billion Coal Mine in Australia

The Carmichael project in the northern State of Queensland has been a decade in planning and the subject of hostile treatment by environmental activists and some government agencies.

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Coal CEO Expresses Doubt Over Whether Trump Can Save the Industry

Two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, the leader of one of the largest coal companies in the U.S. is beginning to doubt whether the administration can save the industry.

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NIOSH Asks: Why Aren’t More Miners Screening for Black Lung?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health wants to know why only 35% of active coal miners are participating in NIOSH’s voluntary Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program.

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Westmoreland Coal Asks Bankruptcy Judge Permission to Pay Bonuses for Top Managers

In a filing this week, Englewood, Colo.-based Westmoreland said the bonuses would total $1.5 million per quarter as the bankruptcy proceeds and average $6,000 per employee.

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Top Exec on Trump Boosting Coal Industry: 'I Don't Know if it's Going to Happen'

Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, said in an interview with Axios that he was disappointed nothing has happened related to Trump’s promise to financially support coal plants.

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Weekly US Coal Production Falls Across All Basins

Weekly US coal production totaled an estimated 20-week low of 13.92 million st in the week that ended November 24, down 4.6% from a week earlier and also down 1.9% compared with the year-ago week.

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Germany’s Last Coal Miners Get Shafted

Shuttering the site is especially bitter for the local community because Germany will need to burn the fuel for decades to come.

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