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US coal carloads total 68511, up 9.9% on year: AAR
S&P Global Platts

Houston — US coal carload originations totaled 68,511 in the week that ended December 29, down 27.1% from the prior week and a year low for ...

China's coal hub Shanxi establishes no-coal zones to curb pollution

According to a plan regarding the reduction and reconstruction of the coal mining industry in the province, coal mines with an annual output below ...

Coal Jobs Are Disappearing Under Donald Trump's Watch
News and Guts

The “beautiful, clean coal” industry that Donald Trump referenced in his State of the Union speech a year ago is apparently struggling. One of Trump's ...

Fatality Investigation: Mining Plant Electrican Dies After Railcar Fall
EHS Today

According to a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) investigation, Thomsen, a plant manager, instructed Fernandez during the process.

Coroner's Office Rules Man's Death at TransAlta Coal Mine Pond Accidental Drowning
Centralia Chronicle

... Kimsey said the incident is still active with the sheriff's office and is currently contingent on any report from Mine Safety and Health Administration.

MSHA announces first US mining fatality of 2019
Mining Technology

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the first fatality at a US mine in 2019, a 30-year veteran of the industry who lost his ...

Navajo company looks into buying northern Arizona coal mine
FOX 10 News Phoenix

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Navajo Nation energy company studying the purchase of a coal-fired power plant on the reservation says it's looking into ...

Indonesia sets lower coal production target to help stabilize global price
Jakarta Post

The government has lowered its coal production target for this year to 480 million tons in an effort to stabilize the global coal price, an official has said.

Termite-gut microbes extract clean energy from coal
Tech Xplore

Could microbes from the termite gut power a 'clean coal' revolution by extracting methane from coal seams? Methane is a key part of the natural gas ...

Engineers identify improved membranes to capture CO2 at coal-fired power plants
Science Daily

Although coal-generated power plants in the U.S. alone currently represent only 30 percent of nation's energy portfolio, in 2017 they contributed the ...

Universities receive federal funding for fossil energy research
World Coal

The initiative encompasses FE's University Coal Research (UCR) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions ...

Rains impact South Kalimantan thermal coal production, loading schedule
S&P Global Platts

Singapore — Rains in Indonesia, especially in the South Kalimantan province, have impacted thermal coalproduction and delayed loading schedules ...

Odd couple unite in fight for Galilee coal
The Australian Financial Review

As we have noted consistently for the past six years or so, the forces aligned against the Australian coal industry regard Adani's Carmichael mine as ...

Kim's vision of a coal-fuelled North Korean future may be tough to realise
Daily Times

In the New Year speech, Kim Jong Un called for the coal industry to focus on helping power stations “normalise electricity generation without letup.”.

Alabama Power blames 2019 rate increase on coal ash costs
WTVY, Dothan

( — Alabama Power Company will increase its electric rates in 2019 to cover the cost of closing its coal ash ponds throughout the state in ...

3 Miners Dead In 11 Days: Grim December Caps Year In Coal Mine Safety
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Just a few months ago, the U.S. coal mining industry was on track for its safest year in history. But in an eleven-day span in late December, three ...

Virginia officials expected to announce winners of coal mine reuse funding
Energy News Network

More than 71,000 acres in Virginia have been affected by coal mining, according to the state mining department. Since 1977, Congress has required ...

Editorial: Mine reclamation program needs an overhaul
Huntington Herald Dispatch

John Kasich's administration to take money out of a coal-mining reclamation fund someday could mean that taxpayers are left holding the bill for ...

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