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US records 24 mining deaths in 2019, 11 in coal mines
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Among them were 11 deaths in coal mines, including four in West Virginia and four in Kentucky, according to data from the Mine Safety and Health ...

Fatal US mining accidents dropped in 2019
WOAY NEWSWATCH (press release)

ARLINGTON, VA (WOAY) – There were 24 mining fatalities in the U.S. in 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration ...

Coking coal, thermal coal are polar opposites in 2020

While both coking coal and thermal coal are often tarred with the same brush by climate change proponents, the same can't be said for the demand ...

Struggling public hospital REFUSES to accept a $15M donation - because it was made by a coal ...
Daily Mail

Wyong Coal Wallarah 2 general manager Peter Allonby and site manager Kenny Barry claimed a board member said hospital board members ...

Former Buchtel mayor recalls his years of coal mining
Athens NEWS

Former Buchtel Mayor John Sullivan, 90, started working for a coal mine near his hometown when he was 16 years old, cutting posts for the mine to ...

Port: Little sign of a slowdown in North Dakota's coal industry

MINOT, N.D. — According to the federal government's Energy Information Administration, total U.S. coal production declined more than 23% from ...

West Virginia Looks Ahead to New Uses for Carbon
U.S. News & World Report

West Virginia's coal industry is performing better than it did during its lowest point in generations in 2015 and 2016. But with domestic competition from ...

US Secretary of Energy speaks in Lexington on future of Kentucky's energy industry

He did say that he doesn't believe that to be the future of the coal industry. In fact, he believes that it's very bright. The secretary also said he saw a big ...

UPDATE 1-South Africa's Wescoal to break ground at new coal mine in February - CEO

The new project is being developed amid a global pushback against the coal industry, as banks and other investors retreat from the commodity in the ...

Duke Energy wants to raise utility bills to clean up coal ash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Protesters are expected to hold a rally outside Duke Energy's headquarters in uptown Charlotte Thursday, opposing the ...

Rep. Cheney introduces bill to advance research for coal use
Wyoming Tribune

“As the nation's largest coal-producing state, the people of Wyoming know that coal is more than just a critical energy source. New technologies have ...

City-County Council calls for IPL to retire Petersburg coal plant by 2028
Indianapolis Business Journal

Last month, under pressure from political leaders and environmentalists, IPL announced plans to retire two of the four coal-burning units at its massive ...

Duke Energy officially retires coal units at Lake Julian
Asheville Citizen-Times

After 56 years of burning coal at its Lake Julian power plant, Duke Energy has officially shut down the coal operation. "At 4 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2020, Duke ...

Chinese coking coal mines delay restart on virus fears
Argus Media

Major coking coal mining firms in Shanxi province, China's largest coking coal-producing region, have pushed back the restart of mining operations by ...

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