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John Kemp,
Reuters (Apr 07, 2017)
U.S. coal producers can look forward to an increase in production and jobs during 2017/18 as the industry recovers from the depression of 2015/16. The medium-term outlook remains challenging but some of the short-term problems that tipped the industry into crisis over the last two years are abating.

Coal production slumped from 1 billion tons in 2014 to just 739 million tons in 2016, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.The average number of operators and contractors employed at the coal mines (excluding office staff) fell from 111,000 in 2014 to just 78,000 in 2016.

But production increased by almost 35 million tons in the third quarter of 2016, around 22 percent, according to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

And production is likely to have increased further in the fourth quarter, when the figures are published next month. The increase in output should start to boost employment, with at least some of the 33,000 employees and contractors laid off between 2014 and 2016 likely to be rehired.

By Timothy Cama
The Hill (April 13, 2017)
Energy Secretary Rick Perry attended an opening ceremony Thursday for a new carbon-capture project at a Texas coal-fired power plant, hailing it as a model of "clean coal." The Petra Nova project at the existing WA Parish Generating Station is the world’s largest carbon-capture facility, using a chemical process to remove carbon dioxide after coal is burned for electricity generation.

Perry, Texas’s former governor, joined current Gov. Greg Abbott (R) at the celebration, according to the Houston Chronicle. He told attendees that the project is a major victory both for energy and the environment and is evidence that environmental protection doesn’t need to threaten the energy industry. "We can and we will be stewards of both," Perry said.
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Michael Bastasch
Daily Caller (April 13, 2017)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told business advocates the agency will reconsider a rule utilities worry could force more coal-fired power plants to close. "I have decided that it is appropriate and in the public interest to reconsider the rule," Pruitt wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to counsel for a utility group and officials at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). "The EPA is acting promptly to issue an administrative stay of the compliance dates in the rule that have not yet passed pending judicial review," Pruitt wrote regarding an EPA regulation on liquid waste from coal plants.

By Ben Sharples and Perry Williams 
Bloomberg (April 10, 2017)
Spot metallurgical coal is heading for a record after surging above $300 a metric ton amid supply curbs from Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of the commodity used to make steel. Morgan Stanley says "panic buying" has helped double the price of premium hard coking coal over the past eight sessions after rain from the remnants of cyclone Debbie flooded rail lines and halted deliveries to export ports. Prices were unchanged at $300.30 a ton on Tuesday, near a record $308.80 reached in November after China cut production to reduce overcapacity.
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By John Siciliano
Washington Examiner
The Trump administration could call Thursday "National Coal Day." Several Cabinet officials are spreading out to push clean coal, coal power plants and coal mining. The activities got started Wednesday afternoon when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with Native American leaders to brainstorm ways the Trump administration can help prevent one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the country from shutting down in Arizona.

The owners of the Navajo Generating Station, the largest coal plant in the West, said they would close the plant in 2019 due to increased competition from natural gas, but might have to shutdown earlier if they can't get a better lease agreement with the Navajo Nation, where the plant is located. The plant provides electricity to a number of states and is a major source of income and employment for the Navajo.
By Bethany Allen-Brahimian (April 11,2017)
China is turning back shipments of North Korean coal from its ports, a sign of Beijing’s growing concern over the nuclear weapons capability of its wayward neighbor.

On April 7, Chinese trading firms received orders to send coal shipments back to North Korea, according to a Reuters report. Two million metric tons of North Korean coal are now stuck at ports in China. The orders came after North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan on April 5, the latest in a series of similar tests that have heightened worries the hermit kingdom will launch a nuclear attack.

By Taylor Kuykendall
SNL (Tuesday, April 11, 2017) 
An early sample of 100 coal mines reporting first-quarter jobs and production data suggests the upward trend in production and employment continued through the first three months of the year. An earlier S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis pointed to a change in direction that began in the second half of 2016, after a prolonged downturn in coal production and employment. A new analysis of the first 100 coal mines to report data to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration suggests the upward trend may have continued in the first quarter of 2017.
Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2017) – With the signing of an Executive Order, President Trump delivered on his pledge to help coal by lifting energy restrictions and canceling job-killing regulations. The remarks by President Trump and key members of his cabinet warmly acknowledged the contributions of our nation’s coal miners. They pledged to level the playing field and eliminate federal overreach.

President Trump called for an immediate re-evaluation of the "so-called" Clean Power Plan and a lifting of the ban on (federal) coal leasing.

Coupled with decisive steps already taken by this administration, today’s move signals a much-needed change in policy direction. It shows that America’s rich energy resources are valued once again. It recognizes that we can be pro-energy and pro-environment. In short, it provides opportunity.

The American Coal Council appreciates President Trump’s efforts to restore balance and fairness to the regulatory process, support job creation, strengthen energy independence, and lay the foundation for rebuilding and sustaining our nation’s vital coal industry.
Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2017) – ACC President Mike Siebers represented the organization at last week’s signing by President Trump of the executive order promoting energy independence and economic growth, effectively rolling back the Obama administration’s anti-coal regulatory regime. Siebers and other coal industry leaders were there at the invitation of the White House.

The signing ceremony was held at the Environmental Protection Agency and included remarks by Vice President Mike Pence, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Siebers is the senior vice president for sales and marketing at Peabody Energy.
Please join the Women’s Mining Coalition for the 25th annual Fly-In to Washington, D.C. on April 30-May 4, 2017.
This is a great opportunity for the members of WMC to introduce ourselves and our organization to members of Congress and their staff: who we are, what we do, and a chance to make new contacts. There is more information about the fly-in event on the WMC website - http://wmc-usa.org. Please contact Betsy Monseu, ACC CEO (bmonseu@americancoalcouncil.org) or Lynne Volpi, WMC Coordinator (lvolpi@frontiernet.net) with any questions about the fly-in or for information on WMC membership.
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