Newly released data by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show West Virginia by far continues to be the leading source of coal distributed to foreign destinations.

In 2008, the most recent year for which EIA data are available, West Virginia shipped almost 26 million tons of coal, accounting for more than 39 percent of total U.S. coal distributed to foreign markets. 2008 also marked the fourth consecutive year that West Virginia coal shipments to foreign markets have increased.

In total, the U.S. shipped approximately 66 million tons of coal to foreign markets, with production east of the Mississippi River accounting for 85 percent of those shipments.

More information is available at: EIA Coal Distribution Data.

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Legislation creating the official State Friends of Coal license plate was approved by the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure of the West Virginia Senate this morning.  The stand-alone bill, SB 206, was unanimously adopted by the committee and will now advance to the full Senate for its approval.
The specific language of SB 206 was also amended into SB 4, which creates additional license plates, and will effectively increase its chance of passage.
We will keep you informed as this bill progresses through the legislative process.
In the meantime, please take a moment to contact both your Senate and House representatives to urge their support of SB 206 and SB 4, as amended.