Coal Report for April 19, 2017


Dennis Fillinger, age 62, of Harts, W. Va. lost his life April 6th to injuries sustained while working underground as section foreman for C K Coal Corporation’s Mine No. 5 in Mingo County in southern West Virginia. On February 23, Fillinger was struck by a piece of rock “approximately 3 feet […]

Coal Report for April 12, 2017


It may seem somewhat paradoxical, Kentucky’s Coal Mining Museum located in Harlan County being powered by solar, but as of last week work began to install solar panels that the museum operators hope will save them between $8,000-$10,000 yearly in costs. Brandon Robinson, communications director of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, which […]

Coal Report for April 5, 2017


Joseph W. Partin aged 33 lost his life at the Green Hill Mining No. 51 surface mine March 30th, when a 15 foot tall section of rock collapsed. Partin was performing maintenance work. Federal inspection records reveal no serious violations at the mine since 2005. This is the second death occurring at eastern Kentucky […]

Coal Report for March 22, 2017


President Trump’s budget proposal is asking Congress to pull the funding for the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan which is currently in litigation in federal court. The president also promised a rally in Louisville, Kentucky that he has more plans for changing legislation in order to put […]

Coal Report for March 15, 2017


The Kentucky House of Representatives passed House Bill 234, sponsored by Republican Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence. The bill eliminates required mining permits for all the surface area above underground mines. Rep. Gooch said (quote) “With the new Trump Administration in place, we are seeing real relief for coal country, and it is imperative […]

Coal Report for March 8, 2017


43-year-old Jason Kenneth Matthews of Bluefield, Virginia lost his life Monday, February 27th at Southern Coal’s Bishop Prep Plant in McDowell County. Matthews worked as a plant floor man, and according to a company spokesman, fell to his death just before 10:30 p.m. His is the second coal mining related fatality of 2017 in […]