metallurgical coal

Environment
12:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations

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This week, Arch Coal idled its Cumberland River complex, laying off 213 coal miners. The mining operation spans the border between Letcher County, Ky., and Wise County, Va. 

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

More Coal Production Cuts Could Be Coming, Despite Slightly Higher Gas Prices

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

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 article from SNL Finanacial.

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Environment
12:07 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Analysis Predicts Decline in Coal Production Could Actually Increase Coal Employment

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

An analysis out from the West Virginia Center and Policy--a nonpartisan think tank in Charleston--predicts that even while coal production in Central Appalachia declines, employment will rise.

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.

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Environment
8:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Recent Mine Idling Shows Demand for Metallurgical Coal Faltering, Too

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.

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.

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