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Is Coal Mining Making A Comeback In Eastern Oklahoma?

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
May 2, 2013

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Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

A pile of coal sits along the railroad tracks just east of Red Oak, Okla.

Coal mining plays a key role in the history of eastern Oklahoma. Without immigrant miners flooding into the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some towns might not even exist.

So when coal mining began to die off, so did many of the towns founded around it.

Oklahoma’s coal is just too high in sulfur to be of much use in the U.S. Burning it in large quantities is against federal clean air regulations.

Not all countries have those kinds of restrictions, however, and growing economies in Asia could drive the renewal of Oklahoma’s coal mining industry.


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One Response to “Is Coal Mining Making A Comeback In Eastern Oklahoma?”

  1. Kirsten Tautfest says:

    With the current reports as CO2 levels in the earth's atmosphere and air flows all over the world – why the heck are we allowing high sulfur content coal to be shipped to China to add more pollution? I'm sorry, but OK is dirty enough without contributing. Push for something else down there like bringing back assembly jobs that were sent down to Mexico and elsewhere.

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