metallurgical coal http://wfpl.org en More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations http://wfpl.org/post/more-coal-layoffs-eastern-kentucky-dont-blame-environmental-regulations <p>This week, Arch Coal&nbsp;<a href="http://news.archcoal.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=107109&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1949421&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">idled its Cumberland River complex</a>, laying off 213 coal miners. The mining operation spans the border between Letcher County,&nbsp;Ky., and Wise County, Va.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:53:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9821 at http://wfpl.org More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations More Coal Production Cuts Could Be Coming, Despite Slightly Higher Gas Prices http://wfpl.org/post/more-coal-production-cuts-could-be-coming-despite-slightly-higher-gas-prices <p>Rising natural gas prices could mean good news for the country's coal industry...but there are still likely cuts to come in Central Appalachia. That's the gist of an <a href="http://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/Article.aspx?cdid=A-15904037-11828" target="_blank">article </a>from SNL Finanacial.</p><p>Earlier this year, gas was at less than $3 per MMBtu, which some call the "sweet spot" for coal to gas switching. Any higher than $3, and it's not as cut and dry a decision to switch to natural gas. But now, gas futures for November are trading at slightly higher than that: at $3.459 per MMBtu.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:11:33 +0000 Erica Peterson 1877 at http://wfpl.org More Coal Production Cuts Could Be Coming, Despite Slightly Higher Gas Prices Analysis Predicts Decline in Coal Production Could Actually Increase Coal Employment http://wfpl.org/post/analysis-predicts-decline-coal-production-could-actually-increase-coal-employment <p>An <a href="http://blog.wvpolicy.org/2012/09/13/coal-production-is-projected-to-fall-but-what-about-employment.aspx?ref=rss" target="_blank">analysis out</a> from the <a href="http://www.wvpolicy.org">West Virginia Center and Policy</a>--a nonpartisan think tank in Charleston--predicts that even while coal production in Central Appalachia declines, employment will rise.</p><p>This may sound counterintuitive. But the analysis by Sean O'Leary says that could happen, due to falling productivity. In that case, it would take the same number of miners to mine less coal.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:07:38 +0000 Erica Peterson 1659 at http://wfpl.org Analysis Predicts Decline in Coal Production Could Actually Increase Coal Employment Recent Mine Idling Shows Demand for Metallurgical Coal Faltering, Too http://wfpl.org/post/recent-mine-idling-shows-demand-metallurgical-coal-faltering-too <p>CONSOL Energy has decided to temporarily idle two coal mines, the Buchanan Mine in southwest Virginia and the Amonate Mining Complex in southern West Virginia.</p><p>This doesn't stand out as particularly surprising news--after all, demand for coal is dropping, and factors like low natural gas prices, an unseasonably warm winter and upcoming environmental regulations have made it a tough year for the industry.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1656 at http://wfpl.org