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Coal Handling: Recent Market Activity Have Created Attractive Opportunity
The Market NewsWire (press release)

It's vital you keep your market knowledge up to date segmented by Applications Surface Mining, Crushing, Pulverizing & Screening, Dust Collection, ...

Separate sale of Wyoming, West Virginia coal mines approved
Charleston Gazette-Mail

CASPER, Wyo. — A coal company may sell two large Wyoming mines separately from one in West Virginia, a U.S. bankruptcy court has ruled in a ...

Why it's premature to declare coal dead
Yale Climate Connections

Domestic use of U.S. coal has dropped sharply, but China still burns on a monumental scale. (Second of a two-part series exploring the future of coal ...

Coal jobs being cut at Santee Cooper as utility moves to shutter power plants
Greenville News

Santee Cooper plans to shut down one of its two remaining coal-fired power stations in the next decade and cut about 200 jobs as the state-owned ...

EIA data shows coal generation continues precipitous slide
Utility Dive

New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration illustrates the rapid decline of coal-fired electricity, showing a more-than 13% decline in ...

World's Largest Coal Miner Likely to Keep Dominating Indian Market

The world's biggest coal miner is likely to hold on to its crown for now even as competition increases in India, which opened its doors to foreign miners ...

NC OKs Duke Long-Range Plan, But Wants Data On Retiring Coal Plants Early

But they also ordered the company next year to show why it still makes economic sense to keep old coalplants open and how it will help meet state ...

Montana Coal Mine Purchased by Navajo Company Prepares for Expansion
KNAU Arizona Public Radio

Montana environmental officials are proposing approval of a major expansion of the state's largest coal mine after it was recently sold through a ...

NTEC's coal mine purchase draws critics
Navajo Times

... resources, energy and water rights, tribal sovereignty, and has done extensive research on coal mining on Navajo. In his opinion, this purchase is a ...

Sanders calls for supporting coal country while combating climate change
Charleston Gazette-Mail

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has told voters in coal-producing Kentucky that it's possible to be a friend of ...

Illinois coal industry grapples with legal marijuana, drug screening uncertainties
The Southern

MARION — In a dim hall full of company polos and big forearms, Illinois mining industry employers and supervisors dove deep into gray areas in the ...

Coal has a future for decades to come under Labor – mckay
Mirage News

We have stood with coal miners and coal mining communities for over a century. We will never turn our back on them. “Having lived in the Hunter I ...

Shumba to build $1bn coal-to-liquids plant supplied by Mabesekwa prospect
Mining MX

SHUMBA Energy, the UK-listed firm, has signed an agreement with two Chinese companies that could lead to the develop of a $1bn coal-to-liquids ...

Missouri S&T Researches Mine Safety With A Homemade Cannon
St. Louis Public Radio

Sometimes, the best way to see how strong something is means shooting it with a cannon loaded up with stuff found in a coal mine. While this may ...

Tennessee utility sees backlash as coal ash worker fall sick
Seattle Times

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority, long respected for providing good jobs and cheap electricity, is facing a growing backlash ...

South Africa Will Rely on Coal for Decades, Key Miner Says

Seriti Resources Holdings Ltd., poised to become Africa's second biggest coal producer, is betting that South Africa will rely on coal for decades even ...

WVU coach Brown humbled by visit to coal mine
TribLIVE High School Sports Network (press release) (blog)

Brown took three busloads of players and coaches earlier this month to Arch Coal's Leer Mining Complex in the northern West Virginia community of ...

Long time coal plant employee speaks out about Vistra Energy closures

Four Central Illinois coal plants owned by Vistra Energy are shutting down, meaning the loss of 300 jobs. While the company said the closures were ...

Grant for retraining displaced coal plant workers untapped
Tacoma News Tribune

Montana labor officials say a $2 million federal grant for retraining workers expected to be displaced with the closure of two units of a coal-fired power ...

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