Here's the article, I think:http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=349372
F.M. Brown's Sons Inc. has sold anthracite coal from its location at 717 Lancaster Ave. since 1920 and has never turned away a new customer.
"That's until this year," said Kelly Brown, assistant manager of the farm feed and fuel company that has been operating in Berks County since 1843.
Brown said a variety of factors - not the least of which is that China, India and other Asian countries are buying up more than half the 6 billion tons of coal burned each year - have led to an anthracite coal shortage in Berks.
Anthracite coal is the most efficient, cleanest burning type of coal and in the U.S. is found only in northeastern Pennsylvania in a swath that stretches from Dauphin County through Schuylkill and Carbon counties, ending near the Scranton area.
The dearest commodity is rice coal, a finer, gravel-like anthracite coal product used in the newer, more-efficient home stoves and furnaces that are used as supplemental heat sources in many homes. The shortage has been harder on the Amish because many use coal as their main source of heat and energy, Brown said.
I mean, that figures, right? I switch to coal at the beginning of the great anth rice coal shortage.
I called my guy in Bucks County last nite, he said don't run out, make sure you top off your bin when you have the room. He's supposed to get three trailer loads of rice in December, but he's not entirely sure that'll happen. Ironically, he said that rice was easier to get than nut. Also said that it's the regs that are keeping the supply tight, South Tamaqua has had a permitting issue for 7 months that they can't get movement on.
Best of luck, I might have to turn the thermostat down this winter afterall.
btw, wtf is up with the quote function? Not enabled here?