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US coal exports have second best year ever, as strong demand attracts buyers
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

US coal exports totaled 104.9 million mt in 2018, up 19.3% from 2017 and the second highest total on record, according to US Census data out.

Senate Finance passes 3-year steam coal tax cut
West Virginia MetroNews

Chris Hamilton, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, addressed concerns from members who have heard that the $60 million loss will ...

Coal miners gather at Capitol to celebrate industry-focused bills
West Virginia MetroNews

Coal miners gathered outside the Senate chamber Saturday morning to celebrate passage of two bills aimed at boosting the state's coal industry.

Coal-mining jobs are holding steady under Trump's watch — that could become harder this year

Since Trump took office, coal miners have kept employment steady at about 51,000 to 53,000 positions. Over the next two years, it could become ...

Widow of W.Va. miner settles lawsuit over fatal explosion
Washington Post

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Carolyn Diana Davis recently settled the lawsuit that accused the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration of ...

Warner Meets with Coal Miners, Calls for Action to Protect Miner Benefits
Mark Warner -

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) met with miners from the United Mine Workers of America at his office in Washington, D.C..

Miner killed in fall in Greenbrier County mine

Jim Justice said in a release, “West Virginia lost one of our dedicated coal miners today, and Cathy and I are deeply saddened at the news.

Turning coal miners into coders is not the answer to automation

Source: Big Think · Andrew Yang. Big Think and Lumina Foundation are joining together to identify and help scale leading innovations in education ...

UMWA Works on Legislation to Benefit Westmoreland Retirees

Source: Kemmerer Gazette. UMWA Local 1307 member Larry Hinton speaks about what's at stake for retired Kemmerer coal miners. The bankrupt ...

Cardinal Institute poll shows West Virginians favor natural gas industry over coal
West Virginia Record
CHARLESTON – A survey of registered voters in West Virginia found that the natural gas industry has a higher favorability rating than the coal industry ...

Wyoming governor weighs bill to save coal plants in the state
S&P Global Platts

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, who wants to save the coal industry in his state, has about one week to decide whether to sign a bill that would ...

China's February coal imports tumble on uncertainty over curbs, holiday disruption
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's coal imports in February fell sharply from January after utilities curbed buying citing uncertainty over Beijing's policies on ...

Siemens opens coal power digital solutions centre in India
Power Engineering Magazine

Siemens has opened its first MindSphere digital solutions centre dedicated to coal and steam-based power plants. The centre is in India and is ...

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