Coal production in the U.S. continued to decline this past week according to the latest report from the Energy Information Agency (EIA) and the National Mining Association.
Production in the United States is down by slightly less than 1.5 million tons (7.6%) for the week ending April 11 compared to the same time last year. Production for the week stood at 18.02 million tons compared to 19.50 million tons for the same week in 2014. Cumulative production for the year-to-date also remained down as of April 11 coming in at 264.09 million tons compared to 275.94 million tons last year – a decline of 4.3%.
The 2015 Joint Spring Meeting of the WV Coal Association, the WV Coal Mining Institute and the Central Appalachian Section of SME will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Resort, May 13-15, 2015.
The installation of the fifteenth class of inductees to the WV Coal Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday evening honoring Calvin Kidd and L. Newton Thomas, Jr.
Golf tournament on Thursday is also available. Contact the WVCMI at (304) 293-4179 for reservations.
West Virginia Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton served as the keynote speaker for the April 2 meeting of the Kanawha Valley Mining Institute in South Charleston. Hamilton praised the work of the new legislative leadership as he gave an overview of the recently concluded 2015 session of the West Virginia Legislature and important coal and business-related legislation that was passed.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has officially declared the fourth week of April (April 19 –April 25, 2105) Coal Education Week in the Mountain State. Tomblin made the announcement at a ceremony at the State Capitol Monday, April 13, 2015. CEDAR board members, WV Coal Association members and Burch Elementary second grade students were present for the ceremony.
The Proclamation recognizes the importance of coal in West Virginia from fuel that powered the transformation of the United States during the Industrial Revolution to present day through economic development and diversification resulting in new commercial, industrial, agricultural, public, residential and recreational facilities on land made available through coal mining.