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Opinion: America stills needs coal in 2019
The Detroit News

Undoubtedly, coal has lost market share in recent years. A hefty spate of regulations over the past decade saw coal plants close in record numbers.

Romanian coal miners continue strike

The strike at Romanian coal mining and power generation company CE Oltenia (CEO) spread across most of its mines as of January 14, with miners ...

Coal mine collapses in northern China, killing at least 21 (press release)

(AP) - Twenty-one coal miners were killed when a mine collapsed in northern China, state media reported Sunday. The disaster occurred Saturday in ...

MSHA: 27 miners died last year, second fewest on record
Safety+Health magazine

Among the workers killer were 15 metal and nonmetal miners and 12 coal miners; 18 deaths occurred at surface operations and nine were in ...

US quarterly western bituminous coal production reaches three-year high with 17.4 million st: MSHA
S&P Global Platts

... fourth quarter of 2018, up 7.6% from the third quarter and up 3.6% from the year-ago quarter, Mine Safetyand Health Administration data showed.

Coal Plants Still in Decline As Trump Encourages Industry

Mine Safety and Health Administration report from 2017 shows that the United States added 1,001 coal jobs compared to 2016, in particular in West ...

Kentucky Coal Mining Deaths reached at record low in 2018

Insurance Journal reported that US Mine Safety and Health Administration said that coal-mining related deaths have reached a record low in Kentucky ...

Mining's Biggest Jobs Are Up for Grabs. Here Are the Contenders

That points to potential candidates such as Kenny Ives, 42, head of nickel trading; Gary Nagle, who was promoted last month to run coal mining; and ...

Mackay's economy reaps benefits of record coal exports
Mackay Daily Mercury

"Last year the coal industry contributed $43.4 billion to the Queensland economy and invested $13.1 billion into local businesses and community ...

US DOE earmarks nearly $10 million to stimulate market opportunities for coal
S&P Global Platts

New York — The US Department of Energy said Tuesday it has made $9.5 million available to create new market opportunities for coal through ...

Australia's Queensland state exports record 223 mil mt coal in 2018
S&P Global Platts

Sydney — The Australian state of Queensland set a new record for exporting coal in 2018 with 223.2 million mt, eclipsing the previous 2016 record by ...

Longwall mining to cause I-70 restrictions near W.Va./Pa. line

Tunnel Ridge LLC, a coal mining operation based in Ohio County, informed highways officials in West Virginia and Pennsylvania that the company ...

PLN plans to acquire more coal mines
Jakarta Post

PLN is planning to ensure long-term supplies for its coal-fired power plants by acquiring two coal mining sites in Kalimantan and Sumatra during ...

Power plants no longer critical because of higher coal stock
The Sunday Guardian

New Delhi: Coal stock in thermal power plants has increased by 25% due to synergy between Railway and Coal ministries. According to information ...

Governor to TVA: Keep Paradise Coal Unit Open
POWER magazine

Matthew G. Bevin said it “would be a huge mistake” to permanently shut down Paradise Unit 3—the last operating coal unit at the Paradise site in ...

Coal mining state premier says Germany will exit coal in 2030s
Clean Energy Wire

Germany's coal commission will agree on a phase-out within around 20 years, according to Armin Laschet, premier of the western coal mining state of ...

Trump's EPA: How the president is remaking the Environmental Protection Agency
The Week Magazine

To reverse the ongoing decline of the coal industry, Pruitt killed a 2015 rule banning coal-fired electricity plants from dumping 1.4 billion pounds a year ...

German 2018 lignite coal mining output down 3% at 166 mil mt
S&P Global Platts

London — German 2018 lignite coal mining output fell by 3% on the year to 166 million mt, mining association DEBRIV said Friday.

Scientists Unleash Termites to Clean Up Coal
R & D Magazine

“It may sound crazy at first—termite-gut microbes eating coal—but think about what coal is,” Prasad Dhurjati, a professor in the University of ...

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