COAL

Pennsylvania has been home to coal mining for more than 200 years and is the fourth largest coal-producing state in the nation and the only state that produces anthracite coal in addition to bituminous coal.  While the coal industry has experienced many good years, during the last decade there has been a downturn in the coal economy which has impacted mining and associated activities, coal power generation, supply chain companies and local economies in the coal regions of Pennsylvania.

The following information contains links to current industry statistics and trends, current and emerging regulatory issues, and industry groups.

Data and Other Resources

Pennsylvania DEP Coal Mining Reports: Pennsylvania's Annual Report on Mining Activities contains information on mine operators, mine names and locations, tons of coal produced, number of employees and hours worked and the number of mining accidents and fatalities. Production reports are published online each year to provide this information on active underground mines, surface mines, and coal refuse sites within Pennsylvania.  Reports are available for bituminous coal mining and anthracite coal mining.

Annual Coal Report: The Annual Coal Report (ACR), compiled by the U.S. DOE Energy Information Administration, provides annual data on U.S. coal production, number of mines, productive capacity, recoverable reserves, employment, productivity, consumption, stocks, and prices. All data for 2014 and prior years are final.

Pennsylvania DCNR Webpage: Contains coal availability reports and maps. 

Coal Culture Website: Includes coal culture, mining, transportation, and distribution of bituminous coal in western and central Pennsylvania.

Regulations

Pennsylvania DEP Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations (AAMO): This office is responsible for the policies and implementation of programs that regulate or impact mineral extraction, including industrial minerals and coal.

Pennsylvania DEP Bureau of Mining Programs: This bureau administers the environmental regulatory program for all mining activities in Pennsylvania. The bureau develops and implements policy, scientific analysis, statistical reporting and technical guidance in support of DEP's mine permitting, licensing and compliance operations.

Pennsylvania DEP Bureau of Mine Safety: This bureau is responsible for the health and safety of miners in all underground mines throughout Pennsylvania.

Coal Mine Operators and Insurance Carriers: Compliance Assistance

Industry Groups

Pennsylvania Coal Alliance : Industry trade group which promotes and advances the Pennsylvania coal industry and its economic and social benefits.

American Coal Council: Resource for industry, policy makers and public interest groups and supports activities and objectives that advance coal supply, consumption, transportation and trading.

National Mining Association: Represents U.S. mining before Congress, the administration, federal agencies, the judiciary and the media, focusing on policymaking, regulatory and permitting matters. 

National Coal Council: Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy