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Colorado Coal jobs saw modest uptick in 2018

Coal News - Published on Thu, 14 Mar 2019

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Colorado Public Road reported that after years of losses, Colorado coal jobs stabilized in 2018. The industry saw 4% job growth, a total of 1,304 jobs across the state. Colorado Mining Association President Mr Stan Dempsey said “We’ve had a tough time since the peak of coal production in 2004.The mood is optimistic, but yet realistic.”

Colorado has six active coal mines that supply fuel to a range of industrial activities that include coal-fired power plants to concrete production. Of 2018’s job gains, West Elk Mine near Paonia dominated. The mine exports coal to other states and recently obtained approval from the Trump administration to expand. But the West Elk expansion was fought by environmental groups over concerns about methane pollution and other climate change issues. The other challenge faced by mines: competition, and automation.

President Mr Donald Trump made saving coal jobs a rallying cry during and after his 2016 election campaign, but so far those gains have been in the hundreds, not thousands. In Colorado’s fossil fuel industry as a whole, coal jobs rank behind oil and gas jobs, which number 29,127 in direct employment, according to state figures.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 14 Mar 2019
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