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Posted September 3, 2015Today in Energy

Output per miner-hour rises as smaller coal mines close ›

Coal mining productivity increased in 2013, averaging 5.5 short tons per miner hour, reversing a trend of declining productivity since at least 2000. Preliminary data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration indicate a further increase in 2014. Improved productivity at the largest mines, as well as the shrinking number of smaller coal mines, contributed to the rise in overall productivity. More


Source: EIA, Annual Coal Report, and Mine Safety and Health Administration

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WTI crude oil futures price

9/1/2015: $45.41/bbl

up$6.10 from week earlier
down$50.55 from year earlier

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9/1/2015: $2.702/mmBtu

up$0.017 from week earlier
down$1.363 from year earlier

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8/31/2015: $2.510/gal

down$0.127 from week earlier
down$0.949 from year earlier

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8/28/2015: 455.4 mmbbl

up4.7 mmbbl from week earlier
up95.9 mmbbl from year earlier

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8/22/2015: 18.455 million tons

up0.160 million tons from week earlier
down1.314 million tons from year earlier

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