Where Coal IS Still King...

Where Coal IS Still King...

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:43 am

This article is in today's Washington Examiner. I don't have anything to add at time because I can see the truth in what she has written. By the way this author is a home grown Pennsylvanian from Pittsburgh. Let me just say this is playing out in small towns across the nation for all the reasons she cites in PA; the Dakota Pipeline for instance. It should be obvious to anyone who is paying attention. Lisa

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/where ... le/2615107
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Re: Where Coal IS Still King...

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:56 am

I don't know if the coal jobs are coming back or not. Obama and his EPA tried to crush them with regulations and did a pretty good job of it. Also the success of fracking to produce natural gas has played a role. Many power plants were built I believe to be able to burn coal or gas. With abundant natural gas at a low cost the power plants will chose to burn gas. It's gotta be easier just logistically.
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1981 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: anthracite/rice coal

Re: Where Coal IS Still King...

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:15 am

Common sense article, but still can't resist a dig at Trump with a sentence like this:

"Some reporters don't understand (and sometimes don't respect) why these voters aren't driven away from Trump by the daily outrages being decried in Washington."

So clumsy it's hard to make sense of. I thought reporters went to school to learn how to write.
franco b
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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
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Re: Where Coal IS Still King...

PostBy: McGiever On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:20 am

Where steady flow of many, many river barges and train car loads of coal is/has fed coal boilers to make steam that spins the turbine/generators takes a rather large diameter gas line to replace and still generate near the same gigawatts of power 24/7 ...not many single source gas lines exist at these larger power plants.
Besides this, little capital is spent on many, if not all coal plants due to not knowing if/when the decsion may come to cause the 'plug' to be pulled...so these plants run on short term bandaid repairs on/over bandaids. Sad, to say the least.

Another travesty is that the larger utilities went around and bought up smaller localized city/villiage/town generating plants and 'mothballed' them when building the loadbase plants up and down the river corridors back in the 70's...some of these localized plants today could be more readily be converted over to the gas fired boilers if gas mains turned out or could be made suffient to supply enough gas.

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Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
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Re: Where Coal IS Still King...

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:14 pm

It will be interesting to see how the coal industry responds with our current leadership. At least there is now much more hope than there was for the last 8 yrs.

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Re: Where Coal IS Still King...

PostBy: BigBarney On: Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:33 pm

Have to realize how large of a mine this is.

On a 365 day basis they will still produce 82,000 ton per day.

About 550 rail cars per day.

It is the largest mine in PA.