Blast Casting Optimization

Designs can be optimized to suit market and site specific needs by anthony konya, dr. calvin j....


Production Halts at Donkin Coal Mine

Kameron Collieries, an affiliate of The Cline Group, and owner/operator of the Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, temporarily suspended production at Donkin due to a roof collapse in an older part of the mine. The...

Alliance Names Craft Chairman of Board

Alliance Resource Partners announced this week that Joe Craft, president and CEO of ARLP’s general partner, has assumed the additional role of Chairman of the general partner’s Board of Directors. Craft replaces John...

U.S. Mining Fatalities in 2018 Were Second Lowest on Record

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reports that 27 mining fatalities occurred in 2018 – the second lowest number ever recorded. Eighteen fatalities occurred at surface operations;...


EPA Proposes Revisions to Advance Clean Energy Technology

In early December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revisions to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gas emissions from new, modified, and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired power...

AEP Buys Coal, Burns 22M Tons of Coal Through 3Q

American Electric Power (AEP) began receiving spot steam coal in the fourth quarter of 2018 as a result of a swift turnaround of a November 1 formal solicitation to buy some spot this year and up to 1.25 million tons per year...


Why I Withdrew My Nomination to be Director of OSM

Over one and a half years ago I was approached about becoming Director of the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM). My official nomination was made in October 2017 and I was honored to have an opportunity...

Indian Establishes 44 New Coal Blocks in Eastern States

by ajoy k. das Kolkata December 4, 2018—The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has established 44 new coal blocks with estimated reserves of 25 billion tons across four eastern India states. Officials said that the coal blocks...


Partnership for Digital Twin Solution

Atos, supplier of digital transformation solutions, and Bentley Systems, supplier of comprehensive software solutions for infrastructure construction, announced a strategic partnership through which they will offer a complete...

New Website for Conveyor Solutions

Converge Engineering announced its new website,, which, the company reported, provides new and existing customers with a comprehensive resource for replacement conveyor belting and accessories. The site...

BKT Plans USA Plant

Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) announced the construction of a sixth production site, to be located in the United States. The planned location for the site was undetermined at the time the company’s board of directors approved...


Railway Tie Changer Attachment

Kinshofer, a leading supplier of excavator attachments, has a new railway tie/sleeper attachments for efficient railway maintenance and repair. The three attachments — the RBS, RBS20 and RBS20HPX — can be used with 12- to 24-ton...

SpotSee Expands Asset-monitoring Product Line

SpotSee is an internet of things end-to-end solution provider that enables customers to spot damage in their operations and see it in real time. SpotSee has developed a low-cost, connected ecosystem that includes its own mobile...

High-power Modular Terminal Blocks

BlockMaster Electronics, a leading supplier of terminal blocks for electrical and electronic distribution, recently introduced a new line of rugged, high power modular terminal blocks in 1-, 2-, 3- or 4-pole configurations....


Europe’s Let-Them-Eat-Cake Moment

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) was held during December in Katowice, Poland. This had to be a weird destination for a group that’s accustomed to the trappings of more chic urban settings and being surrounded by those...

Split Decisions and Future Predictions

As this edition of Coal Age was going to press, the results of the 2018 midterm elections were still being tabulated in some states. For most of the country, however, the results reaffirmed the current situation: an equally...


Development of a Mine Rescue Support Vehicle

by larry d. patts, jeremy rohrbaugh and joseph schall The underground mining industry and its partners work tirelessly to improve mine safety and to develop controls that address the dangers inherent to working in the dynamic...

Exporting: An Important Revenue Stream for Energy Producers

by jim burrows Coal companies across the United States are benefiting from exporting. Selling overseas is a great way to grow a business and boost the bottom line. In fact, U.S. coal exports have increased by 61% in 2017, as...


Peabody Hands Out Awards for Clean Coal Technologies

On December 5, Peabody presented its Fifth Annual Peabody Global Clean Coal Leadership Awards, which highlights best-in-class clean coal technologies, at POWER-GEN International in Orlando, Florida. The company recognized...

VCEA Presents Excellence in Mining Awards

In November, 11 awards of excellence were presented to southwest Virginia coal companies during the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance’s (VCEA) 47th annual Fall Meeting and “Excellence in Mining Awards,” at the Russell County...


LiuGong Machinery

LiuGong Machinery promoted Kevin Thieneman to vice president. He will also continue in his role as executive chairman of LiuGong North America. Before joining LiuGong, he served as president of Caterpillar Forest Products....

Union Pacific

Union Pacific named Printz Bolin vice president, external relations. He succeeds Mike Rock, who plans to retire February 15, after 29 years of service. Bolin is currently assistant vice president of external relations....


Safety Law Predictions for 2019-2020

by henry chajet and robert horn Unless you’ve been off the grid — way off — or maybe off the planet, you know the political campaigns are over and the election results are final. If you are a Democrat, you might be pleased that...

Grading MSHAS’s Performance After 2 Years

by brian hendrix Almost two years into President Donald Trump’s first term, how would you grade the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) performance? Is MSHA more effective or efficient? No doubt, our nation’s mines...


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Top 10 Coal Producing States & Regions

Week Ending 12/1/2018
(in Thousand Short Tons)
  YTD '18 YTD '17 % Change
Wyoming 276,465 291,967 -5.3
West Virginia 89,661 85,205 5.2
Pennsylvania 45,667 45,311 0.8
Illinois 45,071 44,708 0.8
Kentucky 36,382 38,678 -5.9
Montana 36,133 32,176 12.3
Indiana 31,111 29,066 7.0
North Dakota 27,310 26,432 3.3
Texas 26,414 33,283 -20.6
Alabama 13,378 11,886 12.6
Appalachian Total 186,584 182,652 2.2
Interior Total 126,703 134,126 -5.5
Western Total 380,495 396,988 -4.2
U.S. Total 693,782 713,766 -2.8

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