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FEB 2012

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FEBRUARY 2012 VOL. 117 NO. 2 FEATURE ARTICLES 20 Alabama Coal Transportation—A System in Change 22 Longwall Population Grows Amid Further M&A Activity Two new installations and a new supplier, Caterpillar, highlight the changing landscape of longwall mining 29 Tracks & Treads: Dozers and Loaders Dig into Production Support Roles Mining requires massive machines, capable of continuous operation in tough conditions. The newest loader and dozer models offer performance levels designed to meet the challenge. 36 LOCKED Out: Aging Locks and Dams Jeopardize Inland Waterways Is a catastrophic cascading systems failure about to occur along the Ohio River? 42 FLSmidth Ups the Ante for Ludowici 46 Brazing of Carbide Mining Tools COAL IN THE NEWS 6 6 7 8 NEWS/4 SUPPORT EQUIPMENT/29 INLAND WATERWAYS/36 SCREENING MACHINES UPDATE/42 Foresight Energy plans to launch IPO Sierra Club uses gas money to fight coal Signal Peak lifts force majeure Patriot reduces met output, settles on selenium 10 Chicago Clean Energy remains in limbo 14 CONSOL Energy invests in coal projects 16 Kinder Morgan, Arch Coal to further expand coal terminal network 18 Pier 6 handles largest coal loading in its 50-year history 18 Judge finds Cordero Rojo discriminated against employee WORLD NEWS 7 8 In addition to the annual U.S. longwall census, which pro- vides technical details on some of America's most productive underground mines, Coal Age also offers an eye-opening report on the decaying infrastructure along the Ohio River. The Ohio River is a major coal artery and a major blockage could give the grid a stroke. Mechel completes Elga Railway Palmer's First China to sue QR National Buma obtains contract extension New South Wales coal production expected to increase 10 Vale ships coal from Mozambique to India Australian coal mine forced to pay for emissions in landmark case THIS ISSUE DEPARTMENTS 4 Editorial 6 7 Coal in the News World News 12 People 14 Dateline Washington 16 Calendar 46 Operating Ideas 48 Suppliers News 50 Product News 53 Classified 56 Legally Speaking February 2012 www.coalage.com 1

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