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Corsa Coal Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019

Corsa reported net and comprehensive loss from continuing operations of $8.2 million, or $0.09 per share attributable to shareholders, for the fourth quarter 2019.

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Newly Approved Mine Expansion in Montana Could Provide Coal and Jobs, Well Into 2031

Spring Creek Mine was on Monday granted the expansion, which could yield an additional 72 million tons of coal, in a decision by Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality.

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Coal Mine Layoffs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Coal companies are beginning to reduce state at sites across southwest Virginia to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Canada: Morien Announces Kameron Collieries Decision to Place Donkin Mine on Care and Maintenance

Kameron Collieries ULC, owner and operator of the Donkin coal mine has decided to cease production operations due to adverse geologic conditions in the mine.

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Miners Deemed Essential to US Covid-19 Response

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has listed mineworkers as essential critical infrastructure workers and deemed miners vital to the national effort against the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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IEEFA Report: Market Trends are Pushing U.S. Coal Closer to a Reckoning

A report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) sees the U.S. coal industry continuing to decline through 2020 and beyond.

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EIA's Coal Markets Reports: March 30, 2020

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending March 27, 2020.

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Chinese 2Q Coking Coal Contracts Settle Higher

Chinese state-owned producer Shanxi Coking Coal has raised second-quarter contract prices for some of its highest quality coking coal grades while keeping unchanged or lowering prices for other brands.

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More US Coal Mines Idled as Two Pennsylvania Mine Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Consol Energy Inc. shut down its Bailey coal mine in Pennsylvania after two employees of the mine tested positive for COVID-19 and Alliance Resource Partners LP announced they are temporarily ceasing production from its Illinois Basin mines.

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Indonesia's Bayan Halts Coal Output at Subsidiaries

Indonesian coal producer Bayan Resources is to halt production at two of its mining subsidiaries until 30 April as a precautionary measure amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Can This North Dakota Co-Op Prove the Potential of Carbon Capture and Storage?

Project Tundra represents a potential harbinger for the technology that could extend the viability of coal power.

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Indonesian Low-CV Coal Prices Hold Steady

The low-calorific value Indonesian coal market was steady today, although the price outlook remained weak because of sluggish demand.

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CONSOL Operations Update at Bailey Mine and Response to COVID-19 Cases

CONSOL Energy, Inc. and CONSOL Coal Resources LP provided an update regarding operations at the Bailey Mine and its response to positive COVID-19 cases.

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Announces Actions In Response to Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

The unprecedented decision by world leaders to lockdown the global economy to combat the deadly virus has crushed demand for energy. The price war initiated by Saudi Arabia and Russia has lowered oil prices even more.

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COVID-19 to Further Weaken US Coal Demand in an Already Diminishing Market

US domestic demand for thermal coal will fall during the second quarter of the year as individual states shut down much of the industrial economy to try and stem the spread of Covid-19.

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Caterpillar Foundation Commits $8.5 Million to Global COVID-19 Response Efforts

As the events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve rapidly, the Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc., announced it is committing $8.5 million to support communities who are affected by the virus.

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Coronado Shuts US Coal Mines

US-Australian mining firm Coronado Coal is shutting its US mining operations and will ship from stocks in response to the coronavirus-induced economic downturn, although it will maintain operations at its Curragh coking coal mine in Australia.

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India Lockdown: Thermal Coal Supply Declared as Essential Service

The supply of thermal coal in India has been declared as an essential service and officials are to maintain its critical dispatch during the country's lockdown period, said Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi.

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Mining is Critical Infrastructure Sector Says DHS

“Our nation needs stability right now. We need a dependable supply chain for our manufacturing sector. And we need to know that our power sector is secure across the country,” said Rich Nolan, NMA President and CEO.

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West Virginia Regulators Sue Coal Operator ERP. Here's Why It Matters.

The West Virginia DEP has filed a lawsuit against coal operator ERP, alleging the company has racked up hundreds of violations, laid off employees, and walked away from its mining operations, leaving environmental obligations unfulfilled.

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Wyoming School of Energy Resources Welcomes New Director

The Wyoming School of Energy Resources welcomed its new executive director, Holly Krutka, earlier this month.

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China's January-February Coking Coal Imports Rise

China imported more coking coal during January-February compared with the same period last year, as Chinese buyers showed more interest in purchasing relatively cheaper seaborne coking coal.

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Lockdown in South Africa and Suspension of Coal Production

The South African government issued a directive on March 23, 2020 requiring a 21-day national lockdown, effective midnight March 26 to midnight April 16, 2020, to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

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26TH ANNUAL HARRISON COAL & RECLAMATION HISTORICAL PARK DINNER-AUCTION Postponed Until October 24, 2020

Because of the Coronavirus the 26TH ANNUAL HARRISON COAL & RECLAMATION HISTORICAL PARK DINNER-AUCTION scheduled for May 9, 2020 has been postponed until October 24, 2020.

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Coal Industry Will See Little Return From Federal Stimulus Package

The historic stimulus package approved this week by U.S. Congress promises to pump trillions of dollars into struggling businesses across the nation.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Prices Fall on Further Steel Cuts

US coking coal prices faced heavy downward pressure in the second half of this week as more blast furnaces around Europe were idled and steelmakers continued to cut output in response to falling demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Japan's February Coking Coal Imports Hit All-Time Low

Japanese coking coal imports fell to an all-time low in February as the country accelerated its steel output cuts, in line with weaker demand from the manufacturing sector.

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No New Green Deal in Stimulus: This Time

The Senate passed a two trillion dollar stimulus bill designed to provide economic relief in response to the coronavirus crisis. Despite efforts by radical greens to ram the bill full of climate “pork,” their expensive wish list didn't make the cut.

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UMWA Recognizes Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 29 was established in 2017 by Congress as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a day to remember and honor the more than 2.7 million service men and women who served in Vietnam during that conflict, and especially the 58,148 who were killed.

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Ohio Valley Coal Industry Braces As COVID-19 Impacts Electricity Demand, International Exports

As with many industries, the global pandemic is straining the coal sector, and some experts say the already struggling industry could face intense challenges in the months ahead as electricity demand flags and international exports stall.

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West Virginia's Coal Culture Runs Deep. It Is Also Evolving

While the nation is moving rapidly away from coal power, West Virginia remains firmly committed to it. Some 92% of its electric power still comes from burning the black mineral.

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SME/NIOSH Webinar: Maintaining Your Culture During a Pandemic

Understanding COVID-19, what employees think, and what mine companies can do.

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Australia's Ports Seek Exemption From Virus Closures

Australia's ports and the mining firms that use them have called on the federal government to ensure that they continue operating through the coronavirus pandemic, by declaring the ports as essential industries.

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MINEX Forum is the largest international communication and events platform focused on Mining and Exploration across Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia.

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More Coal Mine Closures, Bankruptcies to Come as Demand Drops During Coronavirus Pandemic

Moody's Investor Services expects further closures and bankruptcies within the US coal industry as demand declines significantly and environmental, social and governance concerns becomes stronger.

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Coke Trading to Slow as Virus Disrupts Operations

Petroleum coke buyers are deferring April and even May cargoes as cement plants reduce operations in many countries to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Coal Industry Loses its First Fight for Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds

A $2 trillion bill to bring economic relief to individuals and industries affected by the coronavirus pandemic will not provide direct assistance to the coal industry.

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India's Lockdown Shakes Up Coal Trade Flows

India's nationwide lockdown is shaking the coal market after it triggered force majeure declarations by a string of ports, consumers and traders over the past two days.

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As COVID-19 Spreads, Coal Mines Remain Open Despite Close Quarters

Coal mining is continuing in Virginia and other states during the COVID-19 outbreak, even as many miners are unable to follow social-distancing practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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ESG Issues Limit US Coal Industry's Resistance to Pandemic

US domestic demand for thermal coal will fall in the near term as states shut down much of the industrial economy to try and stem the coronavirus pandemic, and as slowing economic activity cuts US electricity demand in the second quarter of 2020.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: March 26, 2020

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending March 21, 2020.

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WV Coal Association Draws Attention to COVID-19 Protecting Business Webinar

Message from Bill Raney, President, West Virginia Coal Association.

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UMWA Requests Immediate Emergency Standard From MSHA to Protect Miners From COVID-19

“While these are certainly difficult times for all workers, it is especially challenging for workers who are unable to work from home and have valid concerns about their health and safety and that of their loved ones,” UMWA President Cecil Roberts said.

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A Note From the U.S. Commercial Service to Exporters Regarding COVID-19

The health and safety of our employees, clients, partners and communities is our top priority. Given the developing COVID-19 outbreak, we have made some recent changes to the way we serve U.S. exporters.

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China's Benchmark Power Coal Price Drops Slightly

The Bohai-Rim Steam-Coal Price Index, a gauge of coal prices in northern China’s major ports, stood at 551 yuan per tonne Wednesday.

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Philippi-Hagenbuch to Start Making its Rear Eject Body in Brazil

Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc., a global leader in off-highway truck customisation, recently announced that production of its patented Rear Eject Body to begin in Brazil the second quarter of 2020.

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Caterpillar Announces Updates and Response to COVID-19 and Global Business Conditions

The continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to impact Caterpillar's supply chain, a possibility the company disclosed in its risk factors included in the company's Form 10-K filed on February 19, 2020.

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Colombia Coking Coal, Met Coke Hit by Virus Fears

Colombia's coking coal and metallurgical coke production has fallen after many workers returned to their hometowns amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak in the country.

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Updated RMCMI/TMRA Regional Dates!

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, May 27-28, 2020.

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Indian Steelmakers Appeal to Operate During Lockdown

Indian steelmakers are appealing to the government to allow them to maintain operations during the country's 21-day lockdown, as allowed under a law that designates them as "essential services".

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Port of Mobile, Alabama Welcomes Coal Bulk Carrier Maran Courage

The Alabama State Port Authority announced that the largest bulk carrier to ever call on the Port of Mobile loaded over 133,000 short tons of metallurgical grade coal at its McDuffie Coal Terminal.

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China's Cement Prices Rise as Coal Demand Recovers

Rising cement prices in several Chinese regions signal that the recovery in the sector is picking up pace, which could boost coal demand with the industry being a large-scale consumer.

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Keeping the Lights on is Essential Work

It would be difficult to find a piece of “news” coverage more out of touch with communities across our country than The Washington Post’s recent article questioning the essential nature of coal mining.

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NMA Releases Details of Senate Negotiated Legislation

Early this morning, the U.S. Senate announced a bipartisan agreement on Phase III legislation responding to the coronavirus pandemic and effects on the economy.

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RMCMI New Mexico Regional Meeting - Register Now!

The meeting will continue as planned at this time. Please know we continue to monitor events and efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak, and will make scheduling decisions as circumstances dictate.

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Colombia's Cerrejon Slows Coal Operations to Stem Virus

Colombia's second-largest coal miner Cerrejon is slowing its coal mining and port operations from today in an attempt to help contain the spread of coronavirus, making it the first coal miner in the country to take measures in response to the outbreak.

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Easing Chinese Coronavirus Curbs to Lift Power Demand

Several Chinese provinces have lowered their coronavirus emergency levels, likely paving the way for an increase in business and industrial activity that could lift power consumption and coal demand.

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Russian Railways Unloads Record Coal Volume in Vladivostok Region

The Russian Far East saw the highest ever coal unloading volumes set this week at terminals in the Vladivostok region, Russian Railways said Tuesday.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Focus Turns to Logistics

Amid the worsening coronavirus outbreak globally, market participants have been largely sidelined by uncertainty and logistics challenges from port and mine closures.

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As COVID-19 Spreads, Virginia Coal Mines Remain Open

Coal mining continues in Southwest Virginia even as workplace constraints prevent miners from following many of the social distancing practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Coal Mining Has Resumed in Pennsylvania, State Rep Says

A Pennsylvania state representative has said coal mining operations, initially halted under an order to close all nonlife-sustaining businesses, have resumed.

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John Eaves Earns $2.9 Million in Last Full Year as Arch Coal CEO

John Eaves, who is retiring April 30 as chief executive of Arch Coal, earned $2.9 million in 2019 as the company skipped a year of stock awards.

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Coal Industry Worth Supporting During Coronavirus Outbreak

As the COVID-19 crisis wreaks havoc on nearly every part of the nation’s energy sector, now is not the time for partisan fights over which industries and energy sources deserve government support. Yet, that’s exactly what’s happening.

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Indian Coking Coal Imports Hit by Port Closures

Coking coal imports to India have begun to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak, as berthing and uploading activities are halted at some major ports.

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MSHA Safety Alert: Prevent Failure of Welded Connections

Damaged or defective welds on aerial lifts have caused several fatalities in the mining industry.

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West Virginia Governor Closes Non-Essential Businesses, Leaves Coal Out Despite Federal Guidance

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced, during a Monday afternoon press conference, that he was issuing a stay-at-home order, beginning today at 8 p.m.

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Upcoming Webinar: What You Need to Know About COVID-19 in the Safety Industry

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak we are changing the topic of our webinar to address the uncertainty many of us are now feeling.

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West Virginia Coal Association Conducts Business as Usual

We, here at the West Virginia Coal Association, are alive, well and conducting business as usual, as much as it’s possible with the upending circumstances brought about by the Coronavirus.

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SME Webinar: Managing Cultural Risk on Mining Projects

How do you successfully identify and manage the risks inherent with mining projects while complying with environmental and cultural resources laws?

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Charah Solutions Receives AGC / Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Award

The award winners were announced during the AGC National Convention in Las Vegas at the Safety Awards Lunch on March 11, 2020.

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Contura Announces PartialDrawDown of Revolving Credit Facility

Contura today announced the Company has drawn down $57.5 million in principal amount under its revolving credit facility as a proactive, precautionary measure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential effects upon national and world economies.

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Arch Coal, Inc. Announces New Roles for Drexler and Giljum

Arch Coal, Inc. today announced that – as part of its ongoing succession process – John T. Drexler will become the company's chief operating officer and Matthew C. Giljum will become its chief financial officer, effective April 30.

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Mine Fatality Final Report for Fatality on 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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Iconic Plant's End Spells Doom for Struggling Coal Industry

Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant at Paradise burned its last load of coal last month.

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Ohio Valley Coal Industry Braces As COVID-19 Impacts Electricity Demand, International Exports

As with many industries, the global pandemic is straining the coal sector, and some experts say the already struggling industry could face intense challenges in the months ahead as electricity demand flags and international exports stall.

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WV Coal Association Provides Important Update for Membership

West Virginia Governor Justice issued his “Stay at Home” Order yesterday afternoon and everyone should have received a copy of the official Executive Order earlier today.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: March 23, 2020

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending March 20, 2020.

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Common Sense Support for an Essential Industry

You’ve probably heard the critics by now. How dare the coal industry ask for relief to weather the COVID-19 crisis?

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How Will The Coronavirus Affect Energy Use In America?

There is little doubt that the world has entered a global economic recession as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every recession lowers energy use, and this one may be a whopper.

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Coronavirus Slowdown Ripples Across U.S. Grid

Like the coronavirus, economic turmoil is spreading everywhere, including to electricity demand. And the implications are only starting to be realized.

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Murray Energy Lenders to Buy Miner for $1.2b of Debt

A group of Murray Energy Corp. lenders will swap $1.2 billion of debt for ownership of the bankrupt coal miner after no other suitors emerged before a bid deadline.

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COVID-19 Could Give Coal an Unforeseen Boost

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken energy markets to the core in 2020, creating volatility for fuel prices. The one energy source that has not blinked through is coal, a fuel that may come out stronger through the current crisis.

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Coal is Life Sustaining (Coal is Electricity, Electricity is Life, Coal is Life)

To meet the universal threat posed to us all from the COVID-19 virus and to prevent the rapid spread of it, last Thursday Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an order under a State emergency law.

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Letter from UMWA President Roberts to President Trump

UMWA President Cecil Roberts sent a letter to President Trump regarding the importance of getting a fix done for the multiemployer pension system as part of the stimulus bill.

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Notable Coal Financial Executive, Henry Franklin Harris, Passes

He was the chief financial officer of Maust Coal Company and he worked for many others during his career.

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Japan's Growing Dependence on Coal

Japan’s decision to build 22 new coal-fired power plants makes it an outlier among G7 nations who are moving away from coal. Japan’s coal power plants will exacerbate climate change, which is already predicted to severely impact Japan.

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Russian Tycoon Buys 49% of Elga Coal Project, Talks to Mechel on 51%

Russian businessman Albert Avdolyan has reached an agreement to buy a 49% stake in the major Elga coal project in Russia from Russian lender Gazprombank, the bank said in a statement on Monday.

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Everything You Need to Stay Informed About COVID-19

The Heritage Foundation is working hard to provide you with up-to-the-minute updates on the U.S. response to the coronavirus.

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West Virginia Governor: Coal Is An Essential Service

In West Virginia, coal is an “essential” service for the nation and the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jim Justice said Friday.

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Foreign Coal Producers Get Boost From Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken energy markets to the core this year, creating incredible volatility for fuel prices. The one energy source that hasn’t blinked though is coal, a fuel that may come out stronger through the current crisis.

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Critics Cry Foul at Miners for Using Virus to Bend Rules

A wide range of industries are pleading with federal agencies to waive environmental requirements and ease regulatory deadlines, arguing that the global coronavirus response is making it impossible to satisfy them.

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Seven Die in Explosion Inside Coal Mine in Pakistan

Seven coal miners were killed and three others injured on Friday in a gas explosion in a mine in Degari coalfield, some 60km east of here.

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Epiroc USA Announces New Approach to Well Drilling Market

Epiroc has continually invested in the Water Well and Oil and Gas markets over the past five years and has introduced a number of new products, including the Diamondback™ Series water well drilling rigs and the DH350 rig for oil & gas.

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WV Coal Association Appeals for Protective Suits and Masks

URGENT request for protective suits/gear, respirators and masks.

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Coal Mining Industry To Stay Open During COVID-19 Spread

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced an update on Wednesday that coal mining operations will be allowed to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Corsa Provides Further Update in Connection with Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Business Closure Order

Corsa Coal Corp. announced that as of yesterday evening, the Company’s physical business locations in the State of Pennsylvania are no longer required to close under the March 19, 2020 order of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

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Rhino Resource Partners LP Announces Temporary Idling Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Rhino will be temporarily idling production activities at many of its mining operations on March 20, 2020.

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Blackhawk Mining Shuts Down Mining Operations to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Blackhawk Mining, LLC announced a temporary shutdown of mining operations and employee furlough Friday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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National Energy Technology Lab Producing Cost-Effective Methods of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Technologies

Director of the National Energy Technology Lab Brian Anderson has discussed methods being pursued to assure cost-effective, clean as possible carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies.

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Coal Industry Asks for Financially Beneficial Rollbacks Amid Coronavirus

Coal companies are looking to the White House and Congress to roll back a number of fees paid by mining companies, arguing the coronavirus will exacerbate difficult financial times for the struggling industry.

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Corsa Provides Update in Connection with Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Business Closure Order

Corsa Coal Corp. announced today that the Company’s physical business locations in Pennsylvania are subject to the order made yesterday evening by Governor Tom Wolf that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania close their physical locations.

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Eight COVID-19 Cases in West Virignia; Coal Mining Will Continue; Lodges to Close

The governor says the coal mining industry will continue as an essential industry and encourages coal miners to take social distancing precautions while on the job.

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America's Mining Industry Deserves Strategic Support to Weather the Storm

The challenge facing the nation is arguably without precedent. The health crisis posed by COVID-19 must be our first priority, but we must also in tandem tend to the economic upheaval wrought by the virus and the steps that must be taken to combat it.

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NMRA Provides Update of 2020 Mine Rescue Contests and Mine Rescue Teams

Due the current health situation, the March meeting for the NMRA was cancelled. In lieu of a meeting we will provide a brief update regarding current and recent events in Mine Rescue.

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Pennsylvania Coking Coal to Exit Market

The closure of all coal mines in Pennsylvania by the state government as of 8pm local time on 20 March until further notice, in an attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus, has the potential to remove a large volume of coking coal from the market.

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Chinese Met Coal Port Stock Prices Fall as Demand Wanes

Metallurgical coal prices at China's Jintang port continued to drop as demand for port stock parcels weakened amid a recovery in domestic coking coal supply, sources said.

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U.S. Coal Mining Industry Seeks Wide-Ranging Coronavirus Bailout

The request adds to a long list of businesses vying for a bailout to counter the impact of the global pandemic, which has infected more than 227,000 people worldwide, decimated travel and forced massive disruptions in daily life around the world.

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Pennsylvania Coal Mines Forced to Shut Due to COVID-19 Risk, Natural Gas Unaffected

All coal mining, metal ore mining and nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying has been forced to close.

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Coal Mining Industry the Latest to Seek a Wide-Ranging Coronavirus Bailout

The coal industry's main U.S. lobby group has asked for sweeping financial assistance to help mining companies weather the economic fallout of the coronavirus.

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West Virginia Coal Association Updates Membership on Virus

After finding three additional cases this evening, there are five confirmed cases of the Covid-19 Virus in West Virginia and all the public schools, several universities, restaurants, bars, gyms, recreational facilities, beauty/nail salons and barbershops

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Coastal China Thermal Output Falls Sharply in January-February

Thermal generation in China's coastal provinces fell sharply in January-February, as the coronavirus outbreak weighed heavily on power demand early in 2020.

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Russia's Mechel Confirms Talks to Sell Coal Asset as Debt Claim Relief Set to Expire

Russian steel and coal producer Mechel confirmed on Thursday it was in talks to sell its flagship Elga coal project, one of the world’s biggest coking coal deposits, ahead of the imminent expiry of a debt claim relief deal.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: March 19, 2020

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending March 14, 2020.

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WV Coal Association Makes URGENT Appeal for Respirators and Masks

The West Virginia Coal Association has made an urgent appeal for respirators and masks.

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Dominion Energy Commits $1 Million to Coronavirus Relief Efforts; Service Disconnections Suspended

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is committing $1 million to aid COVID-19 relief efforts across the United States. The funds will support national organizations, such as the American Red Cross, as well as address local needs.

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Blackjewel Coal Miners Reach Settlement Over Lawsuit, Needs Judge's Approval

Attorneys representing hundreds of coal miners in Wyoming reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel, pending final approval by a federal judge.

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OSM Responds to WV Coal Association

Response from Lanny Erdos, OSM’s Acting Director, was received this morning.

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Millennium Bulk Terminals Loses Appeal Over Coal Dock Shorelines Permit

Millennium Bulk Terminal's long-running proposal to build a $680 million coal export dock in Longview was dealt another legal blow Tuesday when the Washington State Court of Appeals upheld the denial of a key shorelines permit.

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MSHA Responds to WV Coal Association on Coronavirus

Message from Dave Zatezalo to the WVCA as it relates to MSHA’s protocol/plan during the Covid-19 Virus emergency.

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US Coal Exports Fall 20% in 2019

The annual Coal Report compiled by the US Energy Information Administration has flagged a 20% drop in domestic coal exports in 2019.

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Department of Energy to Provide $60 Million for Science Computing Teams

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a plan to provide $60 million to establish multidisciplinary teams to develop new tools and techniques to harness supercomputers for scientific discovery.

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Mechel Reports 2019 Operational Results

"As for the coal market, this accounting period was very volatile as prices for premium hard coking coal were very good in the first half a year, but starting mid-year, the prices began to decline," said Mechel PAO's Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov.

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Shareholders Hit Roadblocks on Climate Issues

Dominion has said that new regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions or requiring efficiency improvements could increase compliance costs and make some of the company's power plants or natural gas facilities "uneconomical to maintain or operate."

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WVCA Takes Responsible Action on the Virus

In response to the threat and concern with the Covid-19 Virus, WVCA members are doing everything possible to protect their employees and maintain their operations.

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Issues Protocol for Field Staff

Please adhere to protocols to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

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Tackling the Challenge Head On

Healthcare and emergency response workers, farmers, trash collectors, manufacturers making medical supplies, as well as coal miners working to keep the lights on and homes warm, are the folks doing the essential work to keep the country moving forward.

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Sandvik Unveils Automation Solution for Underground and Surface Mining

Sandvik has released an autonomous truck haulage system, which provides unmanned truck haulage in both underground environments as well as on the surface.

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Effective Date For Final Rule Revising Mining Explosive Safety Standards

Published Jan. 14, 2020, the rule updates existing standards to incorporate technological advancements involving electronic detonators at metal and nonmetal mines.

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Coal Mines Institute Changes With COVID-19 Concerns

Coal companies with mines in Wyoming are making adjustments as COVID-19 increases its spread worldwide. Wyoming has 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 thus far with patients in Sheridan and Fremont Counties.

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Contura Announces Updated 2020 Guidance and Certain Preliminary, Unaudited Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

Contura reported a net loss from continuing operations of $191.9 million, or $10.54 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter 2019.

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World: How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Hurting the Mining Industry

Several mining companies have been affected by Covid-19 outbreaks, and global restrictions to encourage social distancing have meant some mining projects have either slowed or shuttered.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Prices Down on Uncertainty

The optimism of the last fortnight over forthcoming US coking coal sales to China has abated somewhat this week as efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic has led to a pause in buying interest — or even negotiations — for some parties in Europe and the

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More Than 62 GW of Coal-Based Power Plants Currently Under Construction

Total coal power projects worth 62.23 GW are under various stages of construction. Out of this, there are 19.78 GW of central sector coal based projects, 18.72 GW of state sector power projects and 23.73 GW of total private sector projects.

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces No U.S. Mines Met Pattern of Violations Screening Criteria

Of the nation’s 13,000 mining operations, none met the screening criteria for a Pattern of Violations (POV), one of the toughest enforcement tools used by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

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Man Pleads Guilty in $10 Million Central Montana Coal Mine Fraud Scheme

A Virginia man has admitted to his part in defrauding a Montana coal mine of more than $10 million.

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Volvo Penta Creates Digital Incentive Program for Industrial Engine Customers and Dealers

Volvo Penta dealers will benefit from the program with increased service business and sales of Volvo Penta genuine parts.

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Mongolia Delays Opening China Border for Coal Exports

Mongolia has extended its ban on coal exports for a second time as the number of coronavirus cases within the country increases.

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Sandvik Launches LS312 Flameproof LHD in South Africa

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technologies’ new LS312 underground loader has found favour with South Africa coal miners, with orders already placed for the flameproof LHD.

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Energy Companies in Wyoming Intensify Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Energy companies operating in Wyoming ramped up their response to the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, on Monday, with some firms imposing self-quarantine protocols and travel restrictions.

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How Exactly Do They Plan to Replace Fuels?

They want to ban coal, oil and gas. Exactly how will they replace them? Who wins? Who loses?

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Terex Trucks TA400s Power Through -45°C at Russian Mine

Situated in eastern Siberia, the Arpatsky coal mine is a tough workplace for operators and machines. The long winter, when temperatures can get as low as -45°C, puts mining equipment to the test.

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Union Members at Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine Vote to Strike

The majority of members at two unions of Colombian coal miner Cerrejon voted in favor of a strike relating to a dispute over pay and benefits in the contract

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Sandvik Ramps Up Automine Truck Automation Efforts

Sandvik says it has released a new solution that will allow automated underground trucks to continue seamlessly through ramp portals to the surface to complete the dumping cycle.

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UK: Rare Part of Ferryhill's Mining History Saved for Future

In England, a small part of North-East social history is to be preserved in a dedicated coal mining museum.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: March 16, 2020

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending March 13, 2020.

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Commodity Tracker: 7 Charts to Watch This Week

The coronavirus pandemic continues to play havoc with commodity markets, but while many products have been pummeled by the weak demand outlook and the eruption of an oil price war, others are proving more resilient.

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MSHA Fatality Alert - February 27, 2020

On February 27, 2020, a miner died when an unsecured 20'x8'x1" steel plate standing on edge fell and struck him.

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RMCMI 2020 Spring Meeting Updates

Due to the uncertainty of the situation with COVID-19 and recommendations from the CDC, we have had to make the difficult decision to POSTPONE our RMCMI/TMRA Texas Regional Meeting.

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England: Historic Norman Cornish Mural Moved to Bishop Auckland

A mural by a beloved pitman painter, commissioned by Durham County Council to mark the opening of County Hall in 1963, has been successfully moved to its new home in Bishop Auckland.

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Looking at West Virginia's Elk Herd Four Years In

West Virginia’s herd of about 80 elk live on the over 35,000-acre Tomblin and Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area that is primarily reclaimed strip mines. It is in Logan and Mingo counties – in the heart of the state’s Southern Coalfields.

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Seaborne Thermal Coal Traders Wary on Near-Term Imports as COVID-19 Worsens in Indonesia

An uptick in the number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia have stoked concerns on the possibility for various coal consuming regions to implement more stringent checks on ships coming from Kalimantan, sources said Monday.

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Workforce Reduction Underway at Wyoming Coal Mine

An undetermined number of employees will be laid off at a Wyoming coal mine due to "the realities of the [coal] market."

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Queensland Coal Ports Resume Normal Operations

Several coal export ports in Queensland, including the major coking coal port of Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, have resumed operations over the weekend after disallowing loading and berthing last week because of heavy rains and turbulent seas.

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India's Coal Import Declines 14$ to 17 Million Tonnes

India’s coal imports registered a decline of 14.1 percent to 17.01 million tonnes (MT) in February in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as per industry data.

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China's January-February Coal Output Drops 6.3% as Coronavirus Disrupts

China’s coal output in the first two months of 2020 fell 6.3% from the same period a year earlier as the coronavirus outbreak stopped miners from getting back to work after the Lunar New Year holiday was extended in a bid to contain the epidemic.

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Coronavirus Devastates China's Economy and the Nightmare is Not Over

China's economy was devastated by the novel coronavirus outbreak in the first two months of the year, according to data published Monday, and analysts say the nightmare is far from over.

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Here's What Happened to Key Bills in Indiana's Legislature This Year

House Bill 1414, largely supported by the GOP, slows the process of shutting down a coal plant.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Coal Import Declines 14% to 17 Million Tonnes in February

India’s coal imports registered a decline of 14.1 percent to 17.01 million tonnes (MT) in February in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as per industry data.

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England: County Durham's Pitman's Parliament, a Monument of Industrial Heritage, Saved From Ruin

Opened in 1915, and funded by subscriptions from across one of Europe’s largest coalfields, the new headquarters boasted a lavish 48-metre facade, a white marble staircase, a domed roof and splendid oak-panelled committee rooms.

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Steve Earle Uses Music to Keep Story of Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster Alive

Steve Earle said people aren’t necessarily going to “get” West Virginia just by going to New York City to watch “Coal Country,” the new play that opened March 2 at the Public Theater.

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South Dakota School of Mines Extends Spring Break Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

South Dakota Mines has extended spring break one week and campus will be closed March 15-21 with employees working remotely. All events are canceled through March 29.

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Richmond, California Slammed With Multiple Federal, State Lawsuits Over Ban on Coal and Petcoke

Nearly two months after the City Council approved an ordinance that bans the storage and handling of coal and petroleum coke in Richmond, multiple companies that handle and export those products have sued the city in federal and state courts.

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Blackjewel Successor Makes Monthly Tax Payments

While the Wyoming Legislature debates whether to require companies to pay mineral production taxes on a monthly basis, the monthly payment plan agreement between Campbell County and Eagle Specialty Materials has shown that it can work.

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Heartland Launches Website of Contrarian Climate Science Amid Struggles With Funding and Controversy

Dogged by layoffs, a problematic spokesperson and an investigation by European journalists, the climate skeptics’ institute returns to its old tactics.

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Australia's DBCT Met Coal Port Declares Force Majeure on Deteriorating Weather

Australia's major metallurgical coal export terminal Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) issued a force majeure notice to customers Friday due to "deteriorating weather conditions" which have halted berthing of vessels since Tuesday.

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India Passes Mineral Laws Bill for Commercial Mining of Coal

The Mineral laws (Amendment) bill also proposes the removal of end-use restrictions to the mining companies for participation in coal mine auctions.

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China's Ferrous Markets Side-Step Virus Carnage

Asia-Pacific's ferrous markets, such as rebar futures and physical coking coal, have emerged largely unscathed by the coronavirus outbreak that has sent other markets tumbling.

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Kentucky: Hazard-Perry County Tourism Board Plans to Honor Miners

Members of the Hazard-Perry County Tourism board are currently working on creating a memorial monument for miners who have passed away in, or later due to, mining accidents in Perry County.

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Mine Fatality Alert February 27, 2020

On February 27, 2020, a trucking company employee died while helping to position a low-boy trailer.

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MTU Engines Optimized For Autonomous Mining

Rolls-Royce and Autonomous Solutions Incorporated (ASI), ASI Mining, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure compatibility of MTU engines and ASI’s Mobius command and control software for autonomous vehicles.

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Ban on Coal Will Leave Ex-Miners Shortchanged Again

The National Union of Miners has spoken out after the decision was taken to phase out traditional coal and wet wood to help improve air quality.

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Caterpillar Posts Worst Machine Sales Since 2016

In a further indication of the stress rippling through the construction and mining sectors, Caterpillar reported its biggest decline in global machine sales since the end of 2016.

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Women Leading the Way in Coal

Recently the Australian mining industry celebrated International Women’s Day – which drew attention to women that are making an outstanding contribution to the industry.

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SAVING US COAL Is Getting It Done

It’s been a very busy week for the “Saving US Coal” campaign. Each month the Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases its Short-Term Energy Outlook and every month it gets worse and worse for coal.

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Port of Mobile Welcomes its Largest Bulk Carrier Ever - Ship Exports 133,000 Tons of Alabama Met Coal

The Alabama State Port Authority announced on Thursday that the largest bulk carrier to ever call on the Port of Mobile loaded over 133,000 short tons of metallurgical grade coal at its McDuffie Coal Terminal.

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Arch Coal Contracts for Flaring of Methane of West Elk Mine

Arch Coal has contracted for flaring of methane at its West Elk Mine, which would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the state’s largest single industrial source of methane.

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Black Lung Coal Miners Facing Serious Threat From Virus Spread

As many as 20% of long-time miners may have black lung in central Appalachia, a historic bastion of US coal production that includes parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Montana Advances Coal Mine Expansion, Settles Differences With Owner

Montana has advanced an application for a major coal mine expansion and settled its differences with the new owner of the state’s largest coal mine.

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Wyoming: Bucksin Coal Mine to Cut Its Workforce Amid Declining Production

The mine employed 206 workers and produced 4.3 million tons of coal in the final quarter of 2019, according to the U.S. Mining Safety and Health Administration.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: March 12, 2020

The Weekly Coal Production report has been updated for the week ending March 7, 2020.

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Here's Where the UK's Last Remaining Mines Are Still Being Operated - And Where Others Are Planned

Coal mining in the UK has been in heavy decline since it peaked in the 1980s - and while there aren't many collieries remaining, a handful of new sites have been proposed.

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China's Benchmark Power Coal Price Drops Slightly

The Bohai-Rim Steam-Coal Price Index (BSPI), a gauge of coal prices in north China’s major ports, stood at 558 yuan (about 80.3 U.S. dollars) per tonne Wednesday, a drop of one yuan week on week.

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Walker Machinery Changes Name to the Boyd Company

After more than a decade of working together as one team, Whayne Supply Co. and Walker Machinery are moving forward under one brand: Boyd CAT, led by President and CEO Monty Boyd.

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UK: Historic Winding Gear is Restored at Welsh Colliery Museum After Being Left to Rust

In the UK, the first stage of returning historic machinery from the Welsh mining industry to its well-known home has begun.

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SAVING US COAL Can Prevent the Destruction of Coal

On Monday, the “Saving US Coal” campaign kept its promise to the coal industry when the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change filed a petition with the EPA asking it to repeal its Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Prices Hold, China Demand Softens

US coking coal prices that have already been slow to follow the rally in Australian prices in recent weeks are largely holding steady, despite lower demand in China that is starting to chip away at recent price gains in Asia-Pacific.

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Australian Met Coal Ports of DBCT, Abbot Point, Hay Point Shut on Cyclone Forecast

Australia's three key met coal terminals in Queensland, including Haypoint, Abbot Point and Dalrymple Bay, or DBCT, were closed Wednesday over deteriorating weather conditions.

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Indian Coal-Fired Power Sector Braces for Coronavirus

India's plans to add more coal-fired power plants and grow its renewable energy portfolio is facing a threat from the coronavirus outbreak, which has hit manufacturing and put further pressure on the economy.

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Bad Weather Disrupts Queensland Coking Coal Logistics

Heavy rain and stormy seas in Australia's Queensland have forced coking coal export terminals at the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) and Hay Point to halt vessels from berthing until March 15.

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OSHA Publishes COVID-19 Preparation Resources

OSHA has released its "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" in order to assist organizations with emergency management plans following the widespread virus outbreak in the United States.

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The “Most Critical” Technology

“If I had to pick one technology as the most critical, if I had a magic touch to make this technology mature and [gain] market share,” it would be carbon capture," said International Energy Agency Director Fatih Birol.

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EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook

Coal’s forecast share of electricity generation falls from 24% in 2019 to 21% in both 2020 and 2021.

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No New Black Lung Benefits, West Virginia Miners Seek Changes

The 2020 West Virginia legislative session has ended with no new legislation addressing black lung benefits, leaving former and current coal miners to depend on waning federal benefits to combat the lifelong disease.

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Indiana Lawmakers Back New Steps on Coal Plant Closures

A proposal that environmental groups have decried as propping up the coal industry narrowly won approval Tuesday from Indiana lawmakers.

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Here's What You Need to Know About the Vista Mine, Alberta's Thermal Coal Project That Sidestepped a Federal Review

While Canada champions a global shift away from burning coal for electricity, a new proposal — to build one of North America's largest thermal coal mines — seems to tell a different story

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China Coking Coal Premiums in Check as Coronavirus Hits Steel Market

China's domestic coking coal prices remain lofty compared with seaborne and regional markets elsewhere, but the coronavirus effect on China's steel inventory and steel demand may push markets closer together, according to market sources.

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Republicans Push Through Indiana's Coal Bill, Which Now Heads to Governor's Desk

Indiana’s coal bill is heading to the governor’s desk as legislation that would extend the life of the state’s coal-fired power plants for a year — following a seesaw battle between lawmakers over its major tenets.

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Sunrise Coal Permanently Closes Idle Carlisle Mine in Indiana

In January, Hallador announced Sunrise was idling production at Carlisle, causing an immediate reduction in force of its 90 employees.

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Prince Harry Says Donald Trump Has 'Blood on his Hands' and Is One of the 'Sick People' Running the World in Phone Call with Hoaxers Who Posed as Greta Thunberg

Russian hoaxers telephoned the prince at his luxury hideaway in Canada on two separate occasions earlier this year and duped him into believing he was chatting with environmental activist Greta Thunberg and her father, Svante

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Epiroc Introduces DM30 II SP Blasthole Drill for Single-Pass Applications

The crawler-mounted, hydraulic tophead-drive rig offers faster hole-to-hole drilling and a lower cost per ton through single-pass capability. The drill rig was showcased in booth C20405 at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, March 10-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Mines Team Wins Second Place at International Mine Rescue Competition

A team of students from Colorado School of Mines took second place in the inaugural Canadian International Student Mine Rescue Competition, hosted by the University of British Columbia on Feb. 20-21.

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Foresight Latest Coal Mining Company to File for Bankruptcy

Foresight Energy became on Tuesday the latest coal miner to file for bankruptcy, saying the global economic slowdown triggered by the coronavirus epidemic had pushed it over the edge.

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Foresight Energy Is Latest U.S. Coal Miner in Bankruptcy

Foresight Energy LP filed for bankruptcy with plans to hand ownership to its creditors, becoming the latest coal company to fail as power generators switch to cleaner and cheaper fuels.

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Foresight Energy LP Enters Into Restructuring Support Agreement With Members of Ad Hoc Lender Groups and Files Chapter 11 to Access $100 Million in New Financing

Today, Foresight Energy LP, and its general partner Foresight Energy GP LLC announced that Foresight Energy and all of its subsidiaries entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement.

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West Virginia: Beaver Coal, Pinecrest Willing to Soften Deadline for YMCA Land Transfer

In 2018, Chris Cline, through his nonprofit Cline Family Foundation, had agreed to put $10 million toward construction of a $30 million, 120,000-square-foot facility on a hillside overlooking the Paul Cline Memorial Sports Youth Complex.

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Australia: Glencore Hail Creek Coking Coal Mine Workers Test Negative for Coronavirus

Glencore said that on Friday two people at Hail Creek operations reporting flu-like symptoms were tested for the disease and had been isolated as a precautionary measure.

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Jingye Completes British Steel Purchase

Chinese steelmaker Jingye Group has completed its acquisition of the majority of British Steel's assets, the official receiver, Ernst & Young, confirmed today.

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Japanese Steelmaker Settles PCI, Semi-Soft Contracts for Jan-March

A major Japanese steelmaker settled its January-March contracts for benchmark Australia Low Vol pulverized coal injection (PCI) at $110.00/mt FOB Australia Monday, and benchmark Australia semi-soft product at $103.70/mt FOB Australia Thursday.

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SAVING US COAL Campaign Keeps Its Promise

“Unless this Finding is repealed, EPA will be free to attack all fossil fuel use and will finish off coal first," said Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.

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Abandoned Mine Lands Program Works to Clean Up Coal Mines That Predate Reclamation Laws

North Dakota will receive $2.8 million dollars from the federal Abandoned Mine Lands program this year.

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Caterpillar Brings its Products, Services and Technology to Life at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

Celebrating customers worldwide, Caterpillar unveils the Operator Stadium featuring live demonstrations, product exhibits and interactive technology.

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U.S. Mining Experts to Tour Canada's Donkin Mine as Concerns Mount Over Rockfalls

“This coal seams appears to be particularly challenging and this area of the coal seam seems to have some particularly challenging geology,” said Scott Nauss, senior director of inspection and compliance for the Department of Labor.

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Pennsylvania Should Take the Lead on Advanced Energy Technologies

The most important breakthroughs for achieving lower emissions in the years ahead may not come from wind turbines and solar panels but advanced coal and natural gas technologies currently being developed in Pennsylvania.

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NIOSH’s Video on Black Lung Respiratory Disease in Coal Miners

Black lung is affecting coal miners of all ages. Luckily, NIOSH released a video that educates about black lung, raises awareness and motivates workers to participate in free screenings.

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: March 9, 2020

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending March 6, 2020.

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MSHA Fatality Alert: Metal/Non Metal Fatality February 29, 2020

On February 29, 2020, a plant foreman was priming the main suction pump on a dredge when a two-inch coupling on the waterjet pipe failed, knocking the victim into the water.

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SME Webinar: Role of Geologists in a Mining Value Chain

The SME Webinar, Role of Geologists in a Mining Value Chain, will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 10:00 - 11:00 am MT.

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Camso Launches New Solid Telehandler Tire to Support the Growing Rental Industry

The new Camso TLH 592S has been developed to support rental companies in providing clients with a reliable and safe solution throughout the entire service of the telehandlers they lease.

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Saving US Coal Campaign Reaches Major Milestone

The “Saving US Coal” campaign today has reached a major milestone with the highly anticipated filing of a petition with the US EPA requesting it to repeal its Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act.

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Repeal of EPA Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases Filed

The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change has filed a petition with the EPA, asking it to repeal its Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act (74 FR 66,496, Dec 15, 2009).

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Is It Too Little, Too Late For Coal?

At a recent hearing of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, Sen. John Hoeven pressed Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to expand an upcoming visit to North Dakota to include coal country.

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Death of Coal Financing is Exaggerated as China Steps Up

Moves by some of the world’s biggest banks to end coal financing for the sake of the planet was supposed to create major headaches for companies like Whitehaven Coal.

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More Women Working in Mining in Colombia

A report by the Colombian Mining Association states that the number of women working in the industry is growing.

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Which Countries Are Planning a Coal Phase-Out?

Multiple countries have set coal phase-out deadlines. Felix Todd has profiled five of the most significant and when they plan to remove the fuel from their energy mixes.

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Ohio County Commission Accepts Settlement With Murray Energy

Ohio County, West Virginia commissioners on Thursday unanimously accepted a bankruptcy settlement to bring in 85% of what the company owes to the county.

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Virginia Senate Approves Clean Energy Bill

The Virginia Senate agreed Friday to a compromise version of the Clean Economy Act which gives a reprieve to a Wise County power plant.

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The Coal Industry Has Lost Almost One Thousand Jobs Since Trump Became President

Unfortunately for coal miners, market forces, along with continued concerns about climate change, have pummeled the industry.

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For Coal, Pessimism is New Reality

Revitalization of America’s coal industry was a notable topic in the 2016 presidential election campaign — certainly for the Southern Alleghenies area and Pennsylvania’s other coal-producing regions – and it also might be an issue during this year’s campa

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Arch Coal Down 22.8% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?

Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is Arch Coal due for a breakout?

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Workers at Columbia's Cerrejon Coal Mine to Vote on Strike Action Saturday

The 10-day voting period will allow union leaders to instruct their members to vote. After this, the union will have an additional 10 days to call for strike action.

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Mines to Host 42nd Annual International Intercollegiate Mining Games

Students from Australia, Canada, Brazil, the UK and US will compete in 7 heritage mining events March 19-21 in Central City, Colorado.

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Appeals Court Rules Against Colorado Coal Mine Expansion

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration wrongly opened 5,000 acres of a roadless wild area in a Colorado national forest to expanded coal mining, Kallanish Energy reports.

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Australian Resources Firms Brace for Coronavirus Impact

Australia's resources firms are drawing up contingency plans for the potential impact from the spread of the coronavirus on their supply chains, production and personnel.

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Australia: Glencore's Expansion of Hunter Valley Coal Mine Approved

The New South Wales’ Independent Planning Commission has approved an additional 2 million tonnes of coal to be extracted from Glencore’s mine in the Hunter Valley.

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Standard Bank Releases Policy on Lending to Thermal Coal Mining Projects

Financial services provider Standard Bank has released its Thermal Coal Mining Policy, making it the first South African bank to publicly release a policy on lending to coal mining projects.

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Nick Hare Named President of Hexagon's Mining Division

Delivering on Hexagon’s commitment to help mines be safer and more productive, is Hare’s priority.

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Viewpoint: US Coking Coal Optimism Grows

The return of China as an outlet for US coking coal has brought some much needed light to US mining firms that survived a difficult fourth quarter.

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UBS Group Says It Will No Longer Finance Arctic Oil, Thermal Coal or Tar Sands Projects

UBS Group AG said Thursday that it would no longer finance new offshore-oil projects in the Arctic, thermal coal mines or oil sands on undeveloped land as banks tighten their restrictions on fossil fuels amid pressure from environmentalists and investors.

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American Resources Corporation Completes Sale of Non-Core Mines and Reduction of Company Liabilities

American Resources Corporation announced today that it has closed on the previously announced sale of three idled permits associated with one underground mine and one surface mine located in Perry County, Kentucky near the town on Hazard.

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Workers at Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine to Vote on Strike Action Saturday

The second stage of talks between Colombia's Cerrejon coal mine and its unions concluded Friday, with miners now expected to vote Saturday for a potential strike in response to ongoing negotiations over pay and benefits

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Virginia Pushes to Save Country's Cleanest Coal Plant

A Dominion Energy facility in Wise county, that opened eight years ago and is frequently touted as the cleanest of its type, could close decades sooner than expected under a rewrite of Virginia’s energy generation policy.

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Ernest Moniz Slams The Administration’s Carbon-Capture Guidance As ‘Totally Inadequate’

Developers of carbon-capture technologies had been waiting since autumn for guidance from the Internal Revenue Service that would give dozens of innovative projects a green light.

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US Coal Use is Plunging at Fastest Rate Since Eisenhower Era

US coal use plunged more than 13% in 2019, the most in 65 years, as power plants shut down across the country. That’s poised to happen again this year.

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Caterpillar Consdering Closure of Historic Longwall & Hydraulic Shovel Factories in Germany

Caterpillar Inc. today announced it is “exploring strategic alternatives for certain mining products” adding “in order to remove structural cost in the business and improve competitiveness, the company is contemplating several actions.”

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Lawmaker Wants Connecticut Insurers to Turbocharge Dash From Fossil Fuels

A state lawmaker in Connecticut, a global hub of the insurance sector, wants to take a big step toward getting U.S. insurers to join European peers in moving away from coal and other fossil fuels.

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RMCMI AZ/NM Regional Meeting

The 2020 RMCMI Arizona/New Mexico Regional Meeting will be held May 13-14, 2020 at San Juan Country Club in Farmington, New Mexico.

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Peabody Energy Lays Off 50 Temporary Workers at Wyoming Coal Mine

One of the nation’s largest coal companies laid off 50 temporary workers Thursday at a coal mine in Wyoming, according to owner Peabody Energy.

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Chinese Buyers Get Coking Coal Tariff Exemptions

At least two coking coal buyers in China have applied for and been granted tariff exemptions to import US coking coal.

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EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report: March 5, 2020

Weekly Coal Production report: Thursday March 5, 2020

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Energy Legislation That Puts Innovation First

The legislation, S. 2657, the American Energy Innovation Act, has drawn strong bipartisan support as it aims to improve the nation’s energy policy.

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Arch Announces $54 Million Equipment Financing Facility

Arch Coal, Inc. announced today that it recently closed on a $54 million equipment financing facility with an average interest rate of 6.3 percent.

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US Senate Begins Considering Sweeping Energy Measure

The full U.S. Senate has begun consideration of a legislative package that would boost investment in energy technologies while aiming to reduce carbon emissions.

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Virginia's Clean Economy Act Will Have Dirty Results

Virginia’s legislature is poised to enact a Clean Economy Act that would eliminate coal-based electricity generation, prevent construction of new gas-fired power plants – and replace reliable, affordable fossil energy with wind, solar and battery-backup p

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China Resumes 83.4 pct Coal Production Capacity Amid Epidemic

As of Tuesday, all coal mines outside Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak, had resumed production, putting the current annual capacity at 3.43 billion tonnes, basically on par with the same period last year.

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NACCO Industries, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Results

NACCO Industries, Inc.® has announced consolidated net income of $6.4 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, and consolidated revenues of $26.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.

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Energy Secretary Dan Brouilette: President Trump Has Made America Energy Independent

President Donald Trump has achieved energy independence for the United States, his Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told Breitbart News for an exclusive interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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Chinese Steelmakers Receive Exemptions for US Tariffs on Coking Coal

Two Chinese steelmakers, buyers of US coal in the past two weeks, said Wednesday they had received exemptions from the 27.5% tariff imposed on US coking coal by the Chinese government.

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Colombian Coal Output Fell 2% in 2019

Coal production in Colombia, the fifth-largest coal exporter in the world, fell 2% to 82.2 million tonnes in 2019 after output at one of the principle mines declined and operations were interrupted by droughts.

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Chinese Domestic Coal Prices Under Pressure as Market Sentiment Softens

Chinese domestic coal prices for higher grades of coals have been holding firm for eight weeks, but prices for weaker grades of coals have retreated, effectively erasing the increase in prices seen in mid-February.

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UK: End of Miners' Strike Remembered 35 Years On

This week marks 35 years since the end of the miners' strike.

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China's Removal of Port Construction Fees in Q2 Could Spur Seaborne Coal Activity

China's removal of port construction fees for all import and export goods and a 20% reduction in all other government port charges over March 1 to June 30 could spur a modest uptick in seaborne coal trading activity and reduce costs for end-users.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Chinese Interest Supports Prices

Supply tightness in Asia and growing interest among Chinese buyers in US coal held up prices today, as some Chinese mills have cut output and near-term fundamentals remain weak in Europe.

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Democrats Threaten Energy Rollback

A host of candidates for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination have been bandying about radical energy and environmental policies for months, including a ban on hydraulic fracturing.

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Sweeping Senate Energy Bill Could Come to a Vote This Week

The U.S. Senate will consider a bipartisan energy package this week that could be this year’s best legislative hope to increase federal funding for a number of energy technologies.

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EIA: Coal Deliveries to US Power Plants Fall to 555 Million st in 2019

Coal deliveries to US power plants fell to 555.02 million st in 2019, down 6.7% from 594.68 million st delivered a year earlier, according to US Energy Information Administration data released late Friday.

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New Coal Mine Might Operate Near Sheridan, Wyoming

Wyoming officials have determined that an application for a permit for the state's first major new coal mine in decades is technically complete.

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North Fork Coal Roadless Exception Again Tossed

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the exemption, applying to nearly 20,000 acres, in a 2-1 ruling this week that overturned a lower court decision.

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Coal Leasing Sputters Despite Trump's Promises

Since former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke officially halted the leasing pause at President Trump's command, national coal production has fallen, and so has demand for new coal.

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India: Efforts Are Being Made to Diversify Coking Coal Import Sources

The government has taken several steps to secure coking coal supplies for the domestic steel industry and is making efforts to diversify the raw material's import sources.

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Ukraine Produced Over 2.55 Million Tonnes of Coal in February

A report notes that since the start of the year, coal mining enterprises of all forms of ownership have produced 5,204,410 tonnes of coal, which is 103% of the target.

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Coal India's FY20 Output Seen at 600-610 Million Tonnes

Coal India is likely to produce 600-610 million tonnes and sell 590-600 million tonnes this year, about the same as last year, company executives said.

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View From the Rails: Train Engineer Chronicles 25 Years of PRB Coal

Two decades ago owls were all over, swooping in behind coal trains as they rattled mice out from under the wooden rail ties. You don’t see them much today, though, said Union Pacific Railroad locomotive engineer Alan Nash.

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Bureau of Land Management Completes Action To Advance Responsible Coal Development

The BLM has released the final coal truck environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for lifting the pause on processing applications seeking issuance of new coal leases.

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A Preview Of Key Energy Challenges For The 2020s

The complex decade of the 2010s saw the dramatic growth of shale oil and gas, the coming-of-age of renewable energy and the cementing of climate change as a flashpoint in national energy policy.

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National Mining Association Recognizes Larry Perino With Lifetime Environmental Achievement Award

Mr. Perino has recently retired after more than four decades in mining, where he consistently made environmental stewardship a top priority.

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New High-Torque Adjustable Railcar Opener Improves Efficiency and Safety

Martin Engineering has developed a new high-speed, high-torque railcar opener engineered to quickly open and close even the most stubborn gravity discharge gates.

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AusIMM Signs MOU with Indian School of Mines

As the peak body leading the way for people working in resources, AusIMM shapes careers, develops leaders and connect professionals.

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England: New Film Hears Voices From Miners' Strike

A film to mark the 35th anniversary of the end of the Miners' Strike is using new interviews with miners and their families.

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New Alabama Mammoth Mine Project Long in the Making

Construction is expected to start next week on a mammoth mining project in Tuscaloosa County expected to more than double the mining company’s production capacity.

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Appeals Court: Trump Administration Wrongly Opened 5,000 Acres of Colorado Forest to Coal Mining

A federal appeals court today ruled that the U.S. Forest Service broke the law by failing to consider an alternative that would protect the Gunnison National Forest’s Pilot Knob area from coal mining.

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Coal Company Receives Go Ahead Once Again On Mining Permit Application

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has deemed a mine permit application technically complete for the second time. It's a step towards Ramaco Carbon mining between 2 and 5 million tons of thermal coal near Sheridan.

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Russia's Finance Ministry Said to Eye Tax on Miners as Lower Oil Revenues Loom

Russia's Ministry of Finance is reportedly looking beyond the oil and gas industry to the country's mining sector for funds to bankroll new social spending ordered by President Vladimir Putin at the start of the year.

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Russian Coal Producer Meltek Aims to Increase Output

Kuzbass-based coal mining firm Meltek targets an increase in output to 4.8mn t this year, up by 500,000t compared with 2019, on stronger output of high-margin coal grades, the company says.

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Gas Pipeline Companies Take Electrification in Stride, But Long-Term Costs Loom

While natural gas pipelines' long-term contracts insulate them financially from an emerging movement to prohibit gas infrastructure in new buildings and renovations, some industry experts said those bans do signal the long-term potential for stranded mids

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EIA's Coal Markets Report: March 2, 2020

The Coal Markets Report has been updated for the business week ending February 28, 2020.

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ASGCO® Rebrands Sure-Grip® to Safe-Grip®

Designed to secure the belt for safe repair, the BC6 (6 Tons) and BC8 (8 Tons) Safe-Grip™ Belt Clamps were created for maximum grip!

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Ramaco Carbon Receives Key Mine Approval from Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

After a lengthy period of review over almost seven years, Ramaco Carbon has received a key approval on its application to mine its private coal assets at the Brook Mine, located in a historic mining area outside Sheridan, Wyoming.

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US Hard at Work for Viable Solutions to Rare Earth Elements's Extraction

Rare earth elements have become a weapon of bargain in trade wars for China, which produces almost 80 per cent of these minerals that are primarily used in all modern-day devices like smartphones, electric vehicles, satellites, batteries and more.

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China's Steel Profitability Crushed by Coronavirus

Chinese steel producers' profit margins fell sharply last month as the coronavirus outbreak stalled demand and disrupted feedstock supplies to lift costs.

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Canada: North Vancouver's Neptune Terminal Plans Massive Upgrade

North Vancouver’s Neptune Bulk Terminal is preparing to shut down for five months in 2020 before roaring back to life following an $800-million upgrade project.

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Seaborne Coal Prices Spike Not Expected to Last Long

Fitch Ratings predicts a short lifetime for the rise in seaborne thermal coal prices, caused by a supply disruption at Chinese coal mines amid prevention measures against the COVID-19 outbreak.

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US Launches Tool to Stake Claim to World's Rare Earth Minerals

In a high-tech twist on hammering pickets into the ground, the US State Department has launched an online tool aimed at staking America’s claim to many of the world’s rare-earth minerals.

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EIA: US Coal-Fired Power Generation in December Falls 25.1% on Year

US coal-fired power generation totaled 72.6 TWh in December, down 4.1% from November, US Energy Information Administration data said.

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Met Coal Demand to Outweight Coronavirus Impact

While the coronavirus is forecast to impact short-term steel demand in China the fundamental demand for Australian metallurgical coal remains strong, according to Coronado Global Resources CEO Gerry Spindler.

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Coal India Limited's 2019-20 Coal Output Set to Decline

Coal production by India's state-controlled mining firm Coal India is facing a first year-on-year decline in its fiscal year output in around two decades, despite the firm posting a steep recovery in production since December 2019.

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As Global Coal Majors Get Ready to Exit South Africa, Lack of Funding Leaves Junior Minors Stuck

The South African coal market will endure increased challenges to supply coal to fuel its electricity needs, following the exit of some of the biggest global coal producers from the country, sources told S&P Global Platts.

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Trump Administration to Lift Ban on Coal Leasing on Public Lands

The US Government has announced it will resume coal leasing on public lands, following a critical action by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

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Senate Removes Southwest Virginia

An amendment to remove a 2030 closure deadline for the coal- and biomass-fired Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center from the Democrats’ Clean Economy Act omnibus bill unexpectedly cleared the Senate Thursday.

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Illinois Coal Mine to Shut Down

The likely closure was first made public earlier this week, when Murray Energy — the Ohio-based coal producer that owns a controlling stake of Foresight — disclosed a fresh round of documents amid its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reorganization.

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U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants Just Had Their Worst Year Since the 1970s

In 2007, the U.S. generated a record amount of electricity from coal-fired power plants at an estimated 2,016 terawatt-hours, according to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Freeman Dyson, World-Renowned Physicist & GWPF Founding Member, Has Died Aged 96

Professor Dyson was a dedicated supporter of the GWPF and a founding member of the GWPF’s Academic Advisory Council.

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Mongolia-China Borders Opening Delayed For Coking Coal Exports Until March 15

The reopening of Mongolia-China borders at Ganshuunsukhait/Ganqimaodu and Ceke, the gateway for Mongolia coking coal to China, has been delayed to March 15, market participants said.

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