EIA: US Coal production up for December

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The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report showing U.S. coal production is up for the week ended Dec. 21, totaling about 19.5 million st. That is a 3.1 percent increase over the previous week and 5.5 percent higher than the corresponding week of 2012.

The EIA is basing the estimates on railcar loading data, which showed that production east of the Mississippi River totaled 8.2 million st during that same week, while output west of the Mississippi totaled about 11.3 million st.

The agency noted that year-to-date, U.S. coal production totaled 976.6 million st, a decrease of 1.8 percent compared to the same timeframe of 2012.

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