I know for a fact that Blashak has absolutely no water in the bags, in the coal or anywhere in the production line. They utilize huge air blowers as the product passes several points and there is NO WATER even near the process. I have the same bitch as everyone else, I hate the black drool all over my front whenever I carry bags. I can't say about other bagged coal, but I have been at Blashak, seen the process, watched the 'robot' do his thing and there isn't even a drop of water on the floors!
I think the pallets are stored outside without any additional cover at dealers and the water from normal rain creeps into the bags. Yes, there are holes in the plastic bags....how else would the air escape when the bag is injected with 50 lbs of coal.
The coal companies subtract the weight of the bagging material when filling, and that is checked by the Bureau of Weights and Measures. There is no hocus-pokus going on, so be careful who you accuse of tilting the scale in their favor. Don't automatically assume that everyone is a crook, I think you will find quite the opposite!
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If you never learned to say: Please and Thank You, this is a hell of a good time to start. Saying thanks goes light-years ahead of a two minute tirade! Didn't Emily Post ever visit your neighborhoods? Richard has made an offering if this description fits your profile: