The objective of this research was to evaluate the technical and economic constraints on the extraction and utilization of anthracite coal and to determine the research and development needed in order to make anthracite coal more fully used as a premium energy resource. The report examines in detail the anthracite industry both past and present and evaluates market possibilities. Anthracite reserves and resources are analyzed and tabulated, and the problem of pumping and drainage from the flooded anthracite fields is covered. Current technology is considered in detail with a discussion of production techniques with potential for improvement. The contractor concludes the report with a summary of constraints on the anthracite industry and the contractor's recommendations for effecting a revitalization of that industry. An estimated production of 17 million tons annually by 1990 can be anticipated if adequate planning, research, and development to overcome present constraints are initiated in the near future.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Reidel (A. B.) Associates, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Berger Associates

    Harrisburg, PA  United States 

    Bureau of Mines

    C Street Between 18th and 19th Streets, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20241

    Riedel (AB) Associates

    Harrisburg, PA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 375 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Open Rpt., BUMines-OFR-47-75
  • Contract Numbers: S0241039
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1976 12:00AM