RFG 2018 Conference


Domestic Energy: Coal

Coal is the world’s most abundant hydrocarbon resource.  Historically, coal has been used as an energy source for heating and electrical generation.  These uses will continue into the future, with a continued decrease in coal used for heating but increasing demand to fuel electrical generation plants.  In many countries, coal is the primary, available domestic energy source.  Therefore, as countries work to raise their standards of living, they require inexpensive and dependable energy:  Coal becomes their energy source of choice.

Coal Mining in Boone, Logan, and Mingo Counties, West Virginia

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Information and Data Management has produced a series of case studies on extractive industries across the United States, focusing on coal, copper, gold, iron, natural gas, and oil.

The case study on coal mining in West Virginia's Boone, Logan, and Mingo counties can be found here. The study includes:

Interactive atlas of historical coal mine maps in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations has collaborated with Pennsylvania State University to produce the Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas. This enormous resource contains thousands of detailed coal mine maps that can be overlaid on a variety of base maps for the entire state, including terrain, topographic and road maps, and aerial photographs.


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