The present and future role of Western coal in the U.S.'s energy production and supply is analyzed. After a difficult period, coal production--particularly from the West--is making large gains. U.S. production in 1976 was 665 million tons, up 2.6 percent. Meanwhile, Western production was 132 million tons, up 19 percent. Contributing reasons include the shortages and high costs of alternate fuels at powerplant, air quality laws that are inducing a shift to low-sulfur coal, and the availability in the West of thick seams of coal that can be mined by low-cost surface methods. The West's ascendancy is expected to continue because this area contains 93% of the U.S.'s surface-minable, low-sulfur coal.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at the National West Mining Conference and Exhibition, 80th Anniversary, Denver, Colorado, February 2-4, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Colorado Mining Association

    1515 Cleveland Place
    Denver, CO  United States  80202
  • Authors:
    • Lowrie, R L
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Pagination: p. 114-131
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184659
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM