Ideas from the Field

Training responsible persons to lead and succeed by blaine p. connor and john gallick In a mine...

Janus Revealed

The Mythology of Solar Energy by j. joseph cohen The deity associated with twin perspectives,...


Biomarine Integrates With IWT

Biomarine’s 4-hour closed-circuit, self-contained breathing apparatus, the BioPak 240 Revolution, is now fully approved and capable of complete integration with Innovative Wireless Technologies (IWT) SENTINEL Mine Rescue...

Navajo Nation Files Rebuttal in Court of Appeals’ Case

The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) filed an answering brief in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, highlighting what they called “efforts of environmental activists to undermine tribal sovereignty protection afforded...

American Resources Acquires Active Surface Mining Operation

American Resources Corp., through its subsidiary Quest Energy and Knott County Coal, has entered into an agreement to acquire an active surface mining operation focused on remining a coarse disposal area in Wayland, Floyd...


Haulage & Loading Moves to Tucson

A straw poll held during Haulage & Loading 2017 (H&L 2017) indicated a need for change. Delegates were unhappy with the pricey venue and thought the technical program could be improved. Exhibitors and sponsors were not...

CONSOL Energy Reports Record Production

In its latest earning report, CONSOL Energy reported record annual throughput of 14.3 million tons at the CONSOL Marine Terminal and record annual coal production of 26.1 million tons in 2017. Annual sales volume grew 6%...

Rhino Sees Improvement

Rhino Resource Partners reported a net loss of $18.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $6.7 million, compared to a net loss of $3.8 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Approximately $22.6...


Chinese Import Restrictions Widen

by michael yu China has expanded its coal import restrictions, with several more ports introducing heavier controls over shipments from overseas. Most major South China ports are now subject to some form of limitation over all...

Ukraine Shuts Down Power to Lugansk Coal Mines

Ukrainian Energy Service has shut down power at coal mines on the territory of the Lugansk region, seeking independence, but officially controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, Sputnik News reported. The head of the...


Double Coin Receives Tire Shipment From New Thai Plant

Double Coin and CMA announced their Rancho Cucamonga, California, warehouse received the first shipment of tires from the recently opened manufacturing facility in Thailand. The facility is owned by Huayi Group (Thailand) Co....

REMA Launches Belting Business Unit

REMA TIP TOP launched its Belting Business Unit, which, the company reported, puts its global conveyor belt resources under one roof. The move will strengthen the company’s presence in the global conveyor belt market, REMA TIP...

Strata Partners With RFI on Network Solution

Strata Worldwide partnered with RFI Technology Solutions of Australia to launch underground network solution StrataConnect DigitalBRIDGE. Available immediately in North, South and Central America, as well as South Africa through...


Military Grade Jumper Cables

Mississippi Industries for the Blind (MIB) released its heavy-duty military-grade booster cables. Developed by MIB for the U.S. Military since 1984, MIB’s MIL-SPEC booster cables combine 1-gauge stranded copper welding-type...

Tires for Frigid Applications

BKT announced its winter ranges Earth-max SR 22, Snow Trac and Earthmax SR 42 for OTR applications as well as Earth-max SR 33 and Ridemax IT 696 for the industrial sector. The tires feature tread designed in specific patterns for...

External Backstops

U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission launched the BS-F line of external backstops with significant advances in performance based on its innovative design. The company spent many months testing and improving its backstop designs in...


From The Editor – Jan-Feb 2018 – Clean, Beautiful Coal

Much to the chagrin of the opposition and the renewable energy zealots, President Donald Trump said it again, “clean, beautiful coal,” during his recent State of the Union Address. When he said those three words, did you cheer...


Detecting Leaks in Aboveground HDPE Pipes

by mathew cook No matter the mining and processing operation, waste disposal will always be a significant aspect of the operation. The tailings byproduct of mineral or coal processing is part and parcel of the refinement...

Controlling Compressor Vibration and Surge

Controlling vibration and surge is one of the most critical aspects of keeping centrifugal and reciprocating compressors up and running. If improperly monitored and maintained, these types of compressors can experience frequent...

Operating Ideas – December 2017

Performance Improvements for Continuous Miners For underground coal operators, the continuous miner is an indispensable piece of equipment. Room-and-pillar mines rely on them for production and longwalls depend on them for...


Awards – April 2018

Peabody’s Wild Boar Mine Honored With National Reclamation Award Peabody Energy’s Wild Boar mine recently received the 2018 National Reclamation Award for reclamation work on the Barren Fork Pit. Awarded by the Interstate Mining...


April 2018 – Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy named Brett Carter to the new role of executive vice president – chief customer and innovation officer effective in May. Carter will assume many of the responsibilities currently held by Marvin McDaniel, who will...

April 2018 – Alabama Coal Association

Patrick Cagle has been named the new president of the Alabama Coal Association, succeeding George Barber, who has elected to retire after seven years of service to the coal group, which was first formed in 1972. Cagle, who has...


Legally Speaking – Jan-Feb 2018

Don’t Allow Bad Deeds to Go Unpunished At some point, most mine operators have faced a dilemma where their company discovers miners have been doing something improper. The alleged infraction justifies disciplining the miners....

Legally Speaking – December 2017

One-size Regulation Doesn’t Fit All? Consider a Modification In recent years, a number of our clients have faced Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspectors writing citations based on new interpretations of old...


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Top 10 Coal Producing States

Week Ending 3/31/2018
(in Thousand Short Tons)
  YTD '18 YTD '17 % Change
Wyoming 50,523 50,732 -0.4
West Virgina 23,610 23,684 -0.3
Pennsylvania 12,527 12,595 -0.5
Illinois 12,446 12,683 -1.9
Kentucky 10,754 11,443 -6.0
Indiana 7,816 8,386 -6.8
Texas 7,760 8,737 -11.2
Montana 7,758 7,243 7.1
North Dakota 6,655 7,234 -8.0
Colorado 4,421 3,784 16.8
U.S. Total 191,097 197,033 -3.0

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