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    Statewide Production


    Year Number of Surface Permits Surface Tonnage Number of Underground Permits Underground Tonnage Total Tonnage Total Surface (surface&lignite) Total Underground (underground only) Total Tonnage (surf, lignite, underground only)
    2006 113 10,425,126 128 15,857,283 26,282,409 10,425,126 15,857,283 26,282,409
    2005 122 9,702,937 140 17,397,138 27,100,074 9,702,937 17,397,138 27,100,074
    2004 117 10,008,930 143 19,601,891 29,610,822 10,008,930 19,601,891 29,610,822
    2003 127 9,170,198 166 20,406,302 29,576,499 9,170,198 20,406,302 29,576,499
    2002 117 9,260,301 167 18,331,968 27,592,269 9,260,301 18,331,968 27,592,269
    2001 117 9,579,653 208 23,116,084 32,695,737 9,579,653 23,116,084 32,695,737
    2000 143 9,664,187 233 20,981,423 30,645,610 9,664,187 20,981,423 30,645,610
    1999 122 8,465,602 243 21,930,543 30,396,146 8,465,602 21,930,543 30,396,146
    1998 119 8,281,506 256 24,843,148 33,124,654 8,281,506 24,843,148 33,124,654
    1997 109 9,579,790 261 25,336,052 34,915,843 9,579,790 25,336,052 34,915,843
    1996 102 9,714,379 249 23,351,709 33,066,089 9,714,379 23,351,709 33,066,089
    1995 101 8,894,861 292 25,994,188 34,889,049 8,894,861 25,994,188 34,889,049
    1994 76 9,229,785 239 27,503,521 36,733,306 9,229,785 27,503,521 36,733,306
    1993 79 8,615,708 237 31,111,947 39,727,655 8,615,708 31,111,947 39,727,655
    1992 179 7,719,107 463 32,517,324 40,236,432 7,719,107 32,517,324 40,236,432
    1991 134 7,801,236 324 34,053,208 41,854,444 7,801,236 34,053,208 41,854,444
    1990 175 7,017,244 372 37,596,522 44,613,766 7,017,244 37,596,522 44,613,766
    1989 119 7,335,784 315 37,586,808 44,922,592 7,335,784 37,586,808 44,922,592
    1988 139 8,187,954 357 38,034,662 46,222,616 8,187,954 38,034,662 46,222,616
    1987 144 7,040,068 399 33,401,711 40,441,780 7,040,068 33,401,711 40,441,780
    1986 126 7,025,874 445 33,295,955 40,321,829 7,025,874 33,295,955 40,321,829
    1985 141 7,647,979 486 30,762,741 38,410,720 7,647,979 30,762,741 38,410,720
    1984 130 7,501,844 479 29,200,609 36,702,452 7,501,844 29,200,609 36,702,452
    1983 158 7,654,736 476 24,058,880 31,713,616 7,654,736 24,058,880 31,713,616
    1982 194 8,945,784 546 34,424,619 43,370,402 8,945,784 34,424,619 43,370,402
    1981 178 8,165,981 505 27,476,412 35,642,392 8,165,981 27,476,412 35,642,392
    1980 186 8,404,345 491 27,738,939 36,143,284 8,404,345 27,738,939 36,143,284
    1979 214 8,743,206 498 24,212,788 32,955,995 8,743,206 24,212,788 32,955,995
    1978 274 7,730,406 446 14,111,642 21,842,048 7,730,406 14,111,642 21,842,048


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    Note:
  • Coal Production: Under Section 402 of the Surface Mining Law (Public Law 95-87), coal operators are required to pay a fee when coal is sold, used, or transferred. These fees are deposited in the U.S. Treasury as the Abandoned Mine Land Fund. Information about the type of coal (bituminous, lignite, or underground) and tonnage are tabulated on Form OSM-1 and submitted with the fee, which is paid quarterly to the Office of Surface Mining. The coal production data presented here was compiled from information stored in the Office of Surface Mining Fee Billing and Collection System computer data base. Collection of the fee began with the last quarter of 1977. Fee and tonnage information remittance is required 30 days after the end of the quarter. The coal production data presented here details actual fee and tonnage information in the fiscal year in which they were received. Therefore, 1978 data includes the last quarter of 1977 and the first two quarters of 1978. Subsequently, 1979 data includes the last two quarters of 1978 and the first two quarters of 1979. Information for each successive year follows the same tabulation pattern. Surface production includes both bituminous and lignite coal; underground includes tonnage reported as mined underground. In New Mexico and Montana, coal production on reservation land is listed under the Crow, Hopi, and Navajo Reservations.
  • Exempt Mines: Included in these tables are tonnage amounts from "Exempt" mines that do not have a surface, underground, or lignite designation. Coal mined from exempt mines is not subject to a fee under the Surface Mining Law. The fee exceptions include:
  • The extraction of coal by a landowner for his own non-commercial use from land owned or leased by him.
  • The extraction of coal for commercial purposes by surface coal mining operations which affects two acres or less during the life of the mine (suspended for any surface coal mining operations beginning on or after June 6, 1987; and for any surface coal mining operation conducted on or after November 8, 1987).
  • The extraction of coal as an incidental part of federal, state, or local government-financed highway or other construction.
  • The extraction of coal incidental to the extraction of other minerals where coal does not exceed 16/23 percent of the total tonnage of coal and other minerals removed for commercial use or sale, and the cumulative revenue derived from the coal extracted from the mining area, determined annually, shall not exceed 50 percent of the total cumulative revenue derived from the coal and other minerals removed for purpose of bona fide sale or reasonable commercial use.
  • The extraction of less than 250 tons of coal within twelve consecutive months.


  • Source:
  • Coal production statistics by state, Office of Surface Mining.


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