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JUN 2013

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news continued Stockton is operated by Coal Contractors Inc., an Atlantic subsidiary. It is unclear if Coal Contractors also will operate the new mine. All of Stockton's coal is sold in the U.S. Coal Prep Reports Record International Attendance The 2013 International Coal Preparation Exhibition and Conference, held April 29 through May 2 in Lexington, Ky., saw record international attendance—up 17% from 2012—from a total of 21 countries. The increase was notable given the current state of the coal industry in the United States, particularly the Appalachia region, and coal producers' moratoriums on conference attendance, according to Coal Prep Show Manager Florence Torres. "Stringent EPA regulations, a cyclical move to cheaper natural gas, and an overriding anti-coal sentiment has resulted in lowered production, jobs, and hence, lower demand for coal preparation in the United States," said Torres. "Increased export of U.S. coal has helped to offset the freefall for many of the major coal producers. Coal Prep successfully targeted international attendance this year to capitalize on that trend, and to address the increase in coal exports." An over-arching theme at Coal Prep emerged from the plenary sessions at the event. Major coal producers who spoke at a new co-located Kentucky Coal Association Symposium, as well as the keynote and general session speakers all addressed the need for the industry to do more to promote the benefits of coal to the consumer public. To make the point, Keynoter, Nick Carter, president and COO, Natural Resource Partners L.P., shared with the audience that during the three days of the Coal Prep event—60 million tons of coal would be used in the world. He then posed a question to attendees, but it was clearly intended for the rest of the world to consider: "Without energy, what can you produce?" Coal Prep 2014 will be held in Lexington April 28 through May 1. EIA Releases Analysis of State-level Energy-related Carbon Dioxide Emissions Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions vary significantly across states. An analysis of state-level emissions data from 2000 through 2010 released recently by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows the overall size of a state, as well as the available fuels, types of businesses, climate and population density, play a role in both total and per capita emissions. For example, some states are located near abundant hydroelectric supplies, while others contain abundant coal resources. The term "energy-related carbon dioxide emissions" as used in the analysis, includes emissions released at the location where fossil fuels are used, not where they are produced. Between 2000 and 2010, carbon dioxide emissions fell in 32 states and rose in 18 states. However, from 2009 to 2010, only 14 states saw a decrease in emissions, as the United States was rebounding from the recession and energy consumption increased in most states, along with emissions. The complete analysis, State-level Energy-related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2000-2010, can be found at www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/state/analysis. June 2013 www.coalage.com 29

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