SNL Energy Coal Reporter Discusses New Coal Production Numbers

mountaintop removal

Coal production from mines using mountaintop removal has decreased 62% from 2008 to 2014.  That figure was released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Agency.  Taylor Kuykendall, coal reporter for SNL Energy, an on line news service, says the coal industry is facing a perfect storm.  Low demand, federal regulations, competition from natural gas and pressure from campaigns against the mining practice from environmental groups have all taken their toll.  We spoke with Taylor Kuykendall about the news.