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December 15, 2017
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Appalachian coal production slows
(2007-12-27)
(WOUB) - The latest federal figures show U.S. coal
production dipped slightly this year.

The 1.4 percent decline has hit Appalachian states such as Virginia and Kentucky the hardest. Production in the West is essentially flat.

EIA data shows year-to-date production in Virginia was down more than 10 percent compared with the same period of 2006. In Kentucky, production dipped more than 5 percent.

Across Appalachia, production dipped 3.6 percent to 364.6 million tons.

West Virginia, the nation's second-largest coal producer, showed a slight increase of 0.9 percent to 148.2 million tons.

In Wyoming, the nation's biggest producer, production is up 1.6 percent to 433.1 million tons.

U.S. coal producers faced weak demand from electric utilities and stagnant prices for much of the year. But international demand for coal used to generate electricity and to make coke for steel manufacturers has spurred exports.

EIA data shows coal exports up 11.1 percent to 14.7 million tons through June.
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