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Royal Coal appoints Rodney Mays as COO

Royal Coal Corp. has appointed Rodney Mays as Chief Operations Officer. Mays is an experienced operations manager with 26 years of coal mining experience and strong industry knowledge. He brings to Royal Coal extensive knowledge of the Appalachian coal industry and its day-to-day operations. He was most recently Operations Manager & East Kentucky Regional Mine Manager at another public mining company that is producing at a rate of 140,000 tons per month.

Govt says Massey to blame for fatal blast, falsified safety reports

A coal mine explosion that killed 29 people in West Virginia last year was probably caused by faulty water sprays, badly managed ventilation and built-up coal dust, and could have been prevented, US Department of Labour officials said on Wednesday. Mine and company management were aware that chronic hazardous conditions were not being recorded properly and miners were “intimidated” into prioritising production over safety, administrator for mine safety and health Kevin Stricklin said at a public briefing to mark the one-year anniversary since the Mines Safety and Health Administration started its probe into the accident.

China coal company buys $200m worth of Australian farms

It has been brewing for some time, but the revelation that Chinese state-owned company Shenhua Watermark Coal had spent about $200 million buying up 43 farms on prime agricultural land near Gunnedah in New South Wales has led to calls to halt the so-called foreign "land grab".

BIV: Prophecy coal delivers historic shipment to Russia

A Vancouver-based company is behind Mongolia’s first shipment of coal to the Republic of Buryatia in the Russian Federation. On Wednesday, Prophecy Coal (TSX-V:PCY) said it had shipped 650 tonnes, or 10 wagons worth, of coal from the company’s Ulaan Ovoo mine in Mongolia to an energy company in southeastern Russia.

Brazil’s steel industry ‘almost at crisis point’

FoxBusiness.com quotes an analyst at an industry conference in Rio de Janeiro as saying on Tuesday Brazil's steel industry is "almost at crisis point," due to the country's strong currency and soaring raw-materials costs. Steelmakers have been hit by soaring prices for raw materials, including metallurgical coal and iron ore, prices for which reached record-high levels earlier this year. Some steelmakers have intensified their own iron-ore production activities in Brazil to shield themselves from high ore prices, but Brazil lacks sufficient coking coal resources.

South Africa mines nationalization talk may cut output

Bloomberg reports South Africa risks cutting the mine output that contributes 8.8% of the economy as calls from within the governing political party for a state takeover of the industry deter investors, Impala Platinum Holdings said. Mine operators in South Africa are compelled by law to sell 26% of their assets to black investors by 2014 and boost numbers of black managers to help make up for discrimination during apartheid. Some companies had missed targets for 2009, the mines minister said at the time, adding that the industry had “not lived up to the spirit and intent” of the law.

Massey kept fake safety records to throw off inspectors, mine disaster victim's fiancee says of latest MSHA findings

Federal investigators have proof that Massey Energy kept fake safety records to throw off inspectors at a southern West Virginia mine where 29 men died in an explosion last year, the fiancee of one of those victims said late Tuesday

China's coal mine safety record improves this year, says official

China has made new headway in coal mine work safety with fewer accidents and deaths since the start of this year, said Zhao Tiechui, head of the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety (SACMS), on Tuesday. This year 512 coal mine accidents have been

Blast victim fiancee: Proof of mine co. fake files

Federal investigators have proof that Massey Energy kept fake safety records to throw off inspectors at a southern West Virginia mine where 29 men died in an explosion last year, the fiancee of one of those victims said late Tuesday night.

China Has Fewer Coal Mine Accidents

China has made new headway in coal mine work safety with fewer accidents and deaths since the start of this year, said Zhao Tiechui, head of the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety (SACMS), on Tuesday.

Philippines opts for Korean coal power

South Korea's state-run power company Korea Power Electric Corp. has completed a 200-megawatt power plant in the Philippines. The $451 million coal-fired plant is funded in part by a $120 million loan.

200 MW coal plant inaugurated in the Philippines

June 28,2011 -- Benigno Aquino III, president of the Philippines, has inaugurated a 200 MW coal fired power station in Colon, Visayas, which will help satisfy the region's peak demand. ....

First return to tragic New Zealand mine

The first delicate step in re-entering New Zealand’s Pike River Coal mine began today, as one of the mine’s survivors returned to work underground.The gas levels have been coming down inside the West Coast mine over the past couple of weeks.

China’s massive appetite for commodities sparks concern

China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying pace around the world, including in places where few other foreigners invest.

Vietnam to restrict coal export by raising tax

Coal export tax rate would be expected to surge from the current 15 percent to 20 percent in a bid to restrict export of the fossil fuel, the Vietnam Ministry of Finance (VMF) said on Tuesday. VMF's proposal was made after the Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) imported 9,500 tons of low-quality coal from Indonesia to supply power thermo-electric plants in Vietnam, making the country to become a coal importer for the first time.

Feds to brief families of W.Va. mine blast victims

Federal investigators are preparing to release their latest findings about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion to the families of the 29 coal miners killed in the April 2010 tragedy in southern West Virginia. Mine Safety and Health Administration

Coal generators and the EPA power struggle: will consumers foot the electric bills?

Utility giant American Electric Power (AEP) sent shock waves last week by suggesting consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40-60% in the next few years. AEP is one of the country's largest investor-owned utilities, serving parts of 11 states with more than 5 million customers.

Corsa Coal Corp. continues under federal jurisdiction

Corsa Coal Corp. ("Corsa") (TSX VENTURE:CSO) is pleased to announce that it has continued under the Canada Business Corporations Act as approved by Shareholders at the Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders held on June 17, 2011. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. names David Webb Senior Vice President, Global Coal

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) today announced David Webb will join the organization as senior vice president, global coal effective July 18, 2011. In this position, Mr. Webb will provide strategic leadership and drive operational performance at the Company's coal operations in North America, including two underground longwall operations and three continuous mining operations. He reports to Duncan Price, executive vice president, president – global operations.

Coal for export may suffer high tariff

A source from Ministry of Finance said that the agency is drafting an export tariff frame on coal, accordingly the expected tariff may be raised to 20 percent instead of current 15 percent. This is seen as one of measures to control and curb export of material coal while the resource is running out.

Australia's carbon tax debate ongoing

Controversy over Australia's carbon tax plan has heated up after Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised extra compensation for the country's lowest income households to offset energy price rises resulting from the proposed scheme.

Xstrata Coal upgrades to multiple leading edge technology PRO3 simulators to strive for best practice

Xstrata Coal has chosen to upgrade its existing fleet of simulators based in the Hunter Valley NSW, Australia to three PRO3 base simulators and a range of equipment modules units from Immersive Technologies. This purchase supports Xstrata Coal’s ‘SafeCoal’ approach which drives the delivery of correct safety skills training to the operator workforce. The new PRO3 simulators enable Xstrata Coal to simulate a range of emergency scenarios with realism without any risk exposure to people or equipment. It is also a useful tool for pre-employment screening, targeted and refresher training.

The wandering workforce: why FIFO is the best model for our mining sector

One of the most debated issues in regional Australia today is the mining industry practice of fly-in-fly-out operations. It is a particularly interesting issue in Western Australia because there was a time in the 1960s and '70s when townships were developed by the mining companies to support the expansion of the mining sector in the north of the state.

Chinese miners plunge as reverse-listing contagion spreads

Iron, zinc and coal miner China Natural Resources shed 20% of its value on the Nasdaq stock exchange in morning trade on Monday in the absence of any fresh news about its operations while China Shen Zou Mining lost over 8%, the worst performers in the sector. Investors are continuing to worry about the soundness of Chinese companies that came to the US market through so-called reverse listings with the value of the 98 companies declining sharply in recent weeks as creative accounting and other irregularities are uncovered at firms engaging in operations as diverse as software and timber.

Man survives being hit by coal train

A 26-year-old man is lucky to be alive after he was struck by a train at Murphys Creek early yesterday morning. He was airlifted to the Princess Alexander Hospital in Brisbane in a critical condition, […]