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According to the Energy Information Agency (EIA), U.S. coal production is trending upward by approximately .5 percent from this past year. EIA says production for 52 weeks ending December 31 was 1.09 billion tons compared to 1.08 billion in 2010.

Meanwhile, exports of met coal increased by almost 30 percent year-over-year, from 47.1 million tons in 2010 to 57.1 million tons in 2011. Steam coal exports saw a 54 percent increase, from 19.9 million tons in 2010 to 30.7 million tons in 2011.

West Virginia production increased by 1.5 million tons, from 135 million tons in 2010 to 136.5 million tons in 2011 – an approximate 1 percent increase. Production for the entire Appalachian region increased .6 percent, from 336.4 million tons in 2010 to 338.6 million tons in 2011. The spot price for Central App coal was $76.30, down slightly from $76.85 at the end of November.


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