Title

A Study of US Coal Mine Closures since 1994

Abstract

The United States coal mining industry is currently experiencing a decline in both demand and commodity price while facing implementation of more stringent air and water pollution regulations. Company profits have decreased significantly, forcing several major companies to declare bankruptcy. The industry was required to adapt to survive. Many of these companies have adjusted by abandoning mines; the last two decades have seen a drastic decrease in the number of mines. To discover the primary causes of this downturn, three major aspects must be studied: properties of abandoned mines, commodity history and regulatory impact.

Department(s)

Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Atmospheric pollution; Coal mine; Human activity; Mining industry; Spatiotemporal analysis; Water pollution; United States

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0026-5187

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2017 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Oct 2017

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