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Pennsylvania coal production remains 20.4 percent higher than last year's production

Brian Bowling
| Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Tour guide Tom Colihan speaks about the coal mine tunnel at Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train during their 25th annual Pioneer Day in Ashland, Pa., on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
Tour guide Tom Colihan speaks about the coal mine tunnel at Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train during their 25th annual Pioneer Day in Ashland, Pa., on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Pennsylvania produced about 20.4 percent more bituminous coal during the week of Aug. 26 than it did for the same period in 2016, according to the Energy Information Administration's weekly coal production report.

The state's bituminous coal production has been trending up in 2017 and has been at least 20 percent higher during August than it was a year ago.

Coal production since January was 33.1 million short tons compared to 27.5 million tons produced by Aug. 27, 2016, according to the report.

Year-to-date production in the Eastern Pennsylvania anthracite fields was 9.1 percent higher than it was in 2016.

National coal production for the year was 516 million short tons as of last week, a 14 percent increase from the same period in 2016.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, bbowling@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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