36 People Killed Following Explosions at Russian Mine

On February 28 during efforts to save miners who were trapped following a underground rock burst at a Russian coal mine, a third explosion occurred, killing five rescue workers and one miner. Due to the degree of destruction and the level of methane gas concentration in the mine, the 26 trapped miners have also been presumed dead, according to officials with the Emergency Commission.

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CONSOL Energy Sells Buchanan Mine

On February 29, CONSOL Energy entered into an agreement to sell its Buchanan mine in southwestern Virginia and other metallurgical coal reserves to Coronado IV LLC for $420 million, including $398 million cash payable at the closing.

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North Antelope Rochelle Hits Shipping Milestone

Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle mine (NARM), the nation’s top producing operation and its flagship complex in the southern Powder River Basin of Wyoming, has shipped its 2 billionth ton of coal. The company said January 20 that the new marker represents more than 83 million man-hours and the loading of 17 million train cars and more than 125,000 trains.

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