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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

9/2/2015: $46.25/bbl

up$7.65 from week earlier
down$46.63 from year earlier

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9/2/2015: $2.648/mmBtu

down$0.045 from week earlier
down$1.242 from year earlier

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8/28/2015: 3,193 Bcf

up94 Bcf from week earlier
up495 Bcf 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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