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Coal Production Grows At Tunnel Ridge Mine

Longwall Produced 3 Million Tons in ’13

December 22, 2013

TRIADELPHIA — As natural gas drilling rigs populate Ohio County’s surface, some residents may not recall the Tunnel Ridge underground longwall mining system will grind out about 3 million tons of......

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Dec-24-13 6:50 AM

I hate when people say things like " I thought there was a war on coal?" Are mines hiring still? Are we still working? Yes and yes. All of our cheap coal is going to china. I get paid to send cheap energy overseas. And yes there is still a war on coal. It's being wiped out here at home. Power plants are being hammered to allow room for natural gas and solar and wind. Have you seen your electric bill lately ? Obama said electric rates will sky rocket. And you lemmings voted him in again.

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Dec-22-13 11:46 AM

Back on August 8 of this year, it was reported, as distilled from US Department of Commerce stats, that: "West Virginia coal accounted for 49 percent of U.S. coal exports in 2012. The ... markets for West Virginia coal with the largest growth were Japan (growing from $29 million in 2011 to $395 million in 2012) and China (growing from $93 million in 2011 to $567 million in 2012)". That basic info was reported by several news outlets in the southern part of the state; and, we believe was, as well, part of a public statement made by Gov. Tomblin, who said that 2012 was the third consecutive year WV had achieved record Coal exports. Interestingly, the three top importers of US/WV Coal were the Netherlands, Italy and India.

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Dec-22-13 10:57 AM

China coal consumption in 2000 was 1.5 billion short tons in 2011, 3.8 billion short tons!

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Dec-22-13 10:21 AM

cal, acoustic, Blackrock explained it clearly earlier in this thread. Scroll down and educate yourselves.

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Dec-22-13 9:49 AM

Those bastids....this means war! War on coal! are the tightie righties going to spin some negativity out of this? Come on..let's hear the fear mongering, hate America propaganda based on increased coal production.

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Dec-22-13 9:35 AM

But how can production increase? What about the war on coal?

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Dec-22-13 9:14 AM

Sheeple have been mislead to believe that they can attack American jobs by reducing coal use here and somehow save the "planet". That is beyond naïve.

That coal is going to be used because the very rich and powerful... folks like the Rockefellers own it and are going to get their money from selling it.

Those people are just as happy to sell it in cheap labor countries as they are here, and those countries have no so called emissions controls. If there is any validity to the flawed science that promulgates the "global" warming myth, then the wack jobs are actually harming the environment with their policies. They are just too focused on their rhetoric to realize the bottom line.

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Dec-22-13 8:51 AM

ragnar, Are you really Don Blankenship? LOL

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Dec-22-13 8:04 AM

"I wanna see it painted black, painted as night, black as coal..I wanna see the sun, blotted out from the sky..I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black"

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Dec-22-13 7:49 AM

Blackrock has it right: exports will sustain demand for US Coal, no matter what happens here. Interestingly, a "Fact Sheet" issued by the Obama White House, Office of the Press Secretary, on January 19, 2011: "U.S.-China Commercial Relations", notes specifically participation by companies like General Electric in China's growing Coal conversion industry, for the production of liquid hydrocarbon fuels, chemicals and substitute natural gas, as a contributing factor. Just four days ago, Peabody Energy and China's Shenhua, who report themselves to making "huge profits" converting Coal into gasoline, announced a joint venture to supply China's growing demand for Coal from Peabody's global sources, presumably including the US.

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Dec-22-13 7:42 AM

Murray, Blankenship and others were & are successful at RUNNING BUSINESS & NOT CLOSING UP SHOP!!! Obama & Democrats are sure trying to close'm up!!! War on Coal is on! Vote Republican!!

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Dec-22-13 7:38 AM

In this season of giving Thanks, I am Thankful for Gentlemen like Bob Murray, Don Blankenship, Emmett Boyle, and others that have given our Valley residents Great places to work & make successful livings to support our families!

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Dec-22-13 6:37 AM


Don Blankenship has NOTHING to do with this coal company.

Also, please stop screeching that tired liberal mantra about how Don Blankenship gets up every morning with the desire to kill his miners.

First off, he is currently out of the mining business.

Second, of what benefit would an accident/death be to him? Accidents/deaths cost time and money. You have to pay the injured or dead employee, shut down the mine if it is serious enough, lose production and lose sales.

Don was in business to make money by running coal. Period. It is completely counterproductive and unprofitable to put workers' lives at risk unnecessarily.

You leftists hate Don Blankenship for one reason, and one reason only: he was anti-union and he broke the power of the UMWA in the southern coalfields.

If he was a pro-Democrat, pro-union tool, you wouldn't care if he flooded his mines and killed his entire workforce, like Max Zorin in A View To A Kill!

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Dec-22-13 6:23 AM

Alliance is also planning on opening a new mine in the Claysville area by the name of Penn Ridge. Coal remains strong in this area. If domestic use falls, this coal will be shipped overseas at a premium price. And if Obama and his Treehuggers have their way, our electric bills will skyrocket (while coal is still produced) crippling our economy. Gas will also be shipped overseas were it will command a premium price. So our resources will be used overseas while we pay higher home bills. Our economy will suffer due to making overseas economies stronger due to lower electrical costs. How to resolve this? Vote the Libbies out.

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