Underground Mines Complying With New Dust Rule

Despite concerns voiced by the mining industry that it would have trouble meeting the requirements of the new rule to reduce respirable coal mine dust, nearly all (99%) of the 7,456 valid respirable dust samples collected during the first two months met compliance levels, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

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White Oak Longwall Begins Production

Alliance Resource Partners LP (ARLP) announced that the White Oak No. 1 longwall has reached commercial production. The mine, which is located in the Illinois Basin and operated by White Oak Resources LLC, is expected to ramp up to 6 to 6.5 million tons per year. Alliance has invested approximately $380 million to fund the development of the mine.

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Westmoreland Acquires Oxford

Westmoreland Coal Co. will acquire the general partner of Oxford Resource Partners, which will allow it to enter the master limited partnership (MLP) space. As part of the arrangement, the company will contribute royalty-bearing coal reserves at the Kemmerer mine. The transaction will allow Oxford to resume quarterly distributions to shareholders and refinance its existing credit facilities on better terms, including additional credit capacity to fund future acquisitions. Following these transactions, Oxford will continue to operate as a stand-alone, publicly traded MLP and Westmoreland will own 77% of Oxford.

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Carbon Capture, Conversion Project Opens in Texas

Texas Department of Energy and Skyonic Corp. officials have announced opening a $40 million project at a San Antonio plant, which will convert 75,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into commercial products, including sodium carbonate and bicarbonate, hydrochloric acid and bleach.

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Glencore Miners on Strike

Five hundred workers from a Glencore coal complex in South Africa have reportedly walked off the job over pay tied to planned job cuts.

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