Coal Report for May 10, 2017

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Despite President Trump’s promises to put coal miners back to work, Kentucky’s coal industry still saw a loss in coal jobs for the first quarter at a 3.3% drop statewide. According to Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, eastern Kentucky coal jobs fell 4.6% in the first quarter. […]

Coal Report for May 3, 2017

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The water infrastructure bill which was passed last year through Congress allowed for states to set up their own systems for issuing coal ash disposal permits. However, critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards have said that the regulations have made it more costly and difficult to […]

Coal Report for April 26, 2017


Justice Low Seam Mining Inc., a company owned by West Virginia governor Jim Justice, has been cited in relation to the February 27th death of Jason Kenneth Matthews at the JC “Jim” Justice II Prep Plant in McDowell County. The citations were issued by West Virginia’s Office of Miner’s Health, Safety, and Training. […]

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 […]