Coal Mining News

Coal operators, unions criticize federal proposal to expand drug testing for coal miners

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) _ Labor unions and mine operators on Tuesday criticized proposed federal rules to expand drug testing to include more than 116,000 coal miners, asking for sweeping changes to the proposal or for […]

MINExpo reaffirms strength of mining industry

On the opening day of MINExpo INTERNATIONAL on Monday, senior mining executives described the state of the mining industry as positive both in the US and globally, as growth in the developing world continues to […]

Angus Place Coal Mine to introduce Tracking with Lightweight Cap Lamps

Centennial Coal's Angus Place Coal Mine near Lithgow, NSW is changing over is upgrading its cap lamps by changing over to the Integrated Communications Cap Lamp (ICCL). The 275 ICCL's are configured to include PED […]

Ausmelt to Suspend Operations at Whyalla Smelter

Ausmelt Ltd has announced that it will suspend operations at its smelter in Whyalla, South Australia. Managing Director Mr Paul Abbott said today the Whyalla operation had been made uneconomic by recent significant declines in […]

Ausenco thrust into coal

Ausenco and Taggart Global USA have formed a joint venture to pursue coal preparation plant engineering opportunities worldwide, with the exception of North America and China, which will target a project pipeline in excess of […]

Consol plans W.Va. coal-to-liquid plant

Mine operator Consol Energy says it's planning to build a gasification plant to turn coal into methanol and gasoline in West Virginia.

New Technology Will Enhance Coal Mine Safety

Working in coal mines can be backbreaking labor, not to mention dangerous.But a new technology invented by researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will make it easier for miners to ensure their safety as they […]

New Technology Will Enhance Coal Mine Safety

Working in coal mines can be backbreaking labor, not to mention dangerous.But a new technology invented by researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will make it easier for miners to ensure their safety as they brace the roofs of mine shafts.

Senate Hearing on Implementing the MINER Act

The Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety recently held a hearing to discuss efforts to implement the MINER Act, which was signed into law two years ago following a […]

New Mexico coal mine starts feeding TEP plant

Peabody Energy says it has started shipping coal from its new El Segundo mine in northwestern New Mexico.

NMA speaks out on coal mine safety and climate change

Underground coal mine operators are moving aggressively to comply with the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 at the same time as they voluntarily push to formalise new risk management practices […]

Oversupply puts zinc under pressure

Steel-making materials such as iron ore, coking coal and manganese have hit the headlines this year in light of record prices due to a boom in demand from the industrialising economies of China and India.

Rivesville man killed at Robinson Run Mine

A 55-year-old Marion County coal miner was killed Thursday morning at the Robinson Run Mine while he was operating a locomotive underground, officials said.

Miner dies at Consol Energy mine in West Virginia

Investigators are trying to determine how a West Virginia coal miner was killed by the locomotive he was driving underground.

Austar Coal Mine Enhance Emergency Preparedness with PED and RFID Tracking

Austar Coal Mine, owned by the Chinese Yancoal group operates a top coal caving longwall coal mine near Cessnock, NSW, Australia. Austar has expanded the initial fleet of ICCL cap lamps by 136 units, bringing the […]

Newcastle Port to Decide Today on Lifting Ship Restrictions as Winds Ease

Australia's Newcastle port, the world's biggest coal-export harbor, will decide today whether to lift restrictions on ship movements as high seas and strong winds ease….more at topix

BHP Billiton lifts Queensland coal force majeure

BHP Billiton announced today that, effective 5 June 2008, force majeure has been lifted across the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance managed operations ). Force majeure was put in place on 24 January 2008 ...

Leaked environmental report pre-empts longwall changes

A LEAKED draft report into the environmental impacts of coal mining in New South Wales has environmentalists up in arms, but for coal operators it gives an interesting insight on what is in store for […]

Workers trapped in Kazakh mine may have died in accident, company says

A discharge of methane gas sent hundreds of tons of coal collapsing at a mine in Kazakhstan on Monday, trapping five workers, authorities said. It is unlikely that the trapped miners are still alive, said steel […]

Workers trapped in Kazakh mine may have died in accident, company says

A discharge of methane gas sent hundreds of tons of coal collapsing at a mine in Kazakhstan on Monday, trapping five workers, authorities said. It is unlikely that the trapped miners are still alive, said steel […]

Miner identified in fatal Oak Grove accident

Lee Edward Graham, 64, of Bessemer, was the employee killed in Thursday's accident at the Oak Grove Mine, officials said today.  "We have lost a valued member of the Oak Grove team," said Duke Vetor, […]

Active Control Announces Second Commercial Installation Of Activemine At A Magnum Coal Mine

Installation at West Virginia underground coal mine marks first deployment of ActiveMine’s full wireless communications and tracking capabilities TORONTO, May 22, 2008 – Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT) announced today the second commercial installation of […]

Active Control Technology Inc. announced today another purchase order for ActiveMineTM

TORONTO, May 21, 2008 – , the premier wireless communications and locating system for mines, from West Virginia’s Stacy Lynn Coal Co. Stacy Lynn selected ActiveMine over three competing analog leaky feeder systems. ActiveMine provides […]

Coal Company Suspends Efforts to Build North Dakota Power Plant

The company that was planning a 500-megawatt coal-fired power station near Gascoyne, in Bowman County, says the project is on hold.

Mining firms forecast coal demand, prices will stay up in 2008

Purchasing.com (April 25, 2008) - Coal miners are reporting increased rates for coal in the U.S. as the demand for U.S. coal in overseas markets continues to grow.