Category: Legally Speaking

Mining is Critical Infrastructure

by erik dullea There are two types of companies in America — those who have been hacked and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked. The gravity of this statement is even more troubling for the mining industry and your role in...

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Are Obama Coal Dust Rules Warranted?

by henry chajet Major regulatory changes adopted by the President Barack Obama administration targeting the coal industry included dust rules enforced by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Among them were the...

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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....

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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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Legally Speaking – October/November 2017

Confirmation of MSHA Nominee Seems LikelyIn the September “Legally Speaking” column, Washington D.C., defense counsel Avi Meyerstein discussed his top 10 list of needed Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reforms...

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Legally Speaking – September 2017

MSHA Changes Could Make a Real Difference As the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) gets new leadership, what changes are in store? Over 40 years, technologies, safety records and industry economics have changed...

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Legally Speaking – July-August 2017

The Importance of Clarifying Employee ‘Impairment’ As Marijuana Laws Evolve As more states continue to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes and even recreational use, employers’ rights and responsibilities are beginning to...

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Legally Speaking – June 2017

How Do You Represent Yourself When Challenging MSHA Citations? Picture this. Your mine gets a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) citation you do not agree with for a variety a reasons. The problem is, it’s been...

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Legally Speaking – May 2017

Trump’s Executive Order on the Clean Power Plan Signals Potential Shifts in Coal Industry In the last Legally Speaking column of Coal Age, author Jason Moore discussed the expectation that President Donald Trump would sign an...

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The Trump Transition

Recent actions by President Trump and Congressional Republicans strongly indicate that the president intends to make good on repeated promises to take dramatic action to revitalize the coal industry. Perhaps most important among...

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Top 10 Coal Producing States

Week Ending 8/25/2018
(in Thousand Short Tons)
  YTD '18 YTD '17 % Change
Wyoming 198,793 205,054 -3.1
West Virgina 61,453 60,160 2.1
Illinois 32,406 32,485 -0.2
Pennsylvania 30,826 32,376 -4.8
Kentucky 30,826 28,633 -8.9
Montana 24,051 21,434 12.2
Indiana 20,955 20,799 0.9
Texas 19,222 22,825 -15.8
North Dakota 18,823 18,383 2.4
Alabama 9,625 8,512 13.1
U.S. Total 490,602 504,092 -2.7

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