County Production

 

There were 620 mines in Kentucky during 2006.  These 620 mines were issued 647 mine licenses and produced 125.9 million tons.

245 underground mines (302 licenses) accounted for 61.0% of Kentucky’s production and 375 surface mines (345 licenses) accounted for 39.0% of Kentucky’s production.

88% of Western Kentucky and 53% of Eastern Kentucky's coal production was from underground mines during 2006.

In 2006, 32 Kentucky counties produced coal; eight Western Kentucky counties and 24 Eastern Kentucky counties.

 

2006 Production by County and Type of Mine License*

,

Underground

Surface

Total

County

Licenses

Tonnage

Licenses

Tonnage

Licenses

Tonnage

Eastern Kentucky

Bell

8

1,012,546

23

1,742,281

31

2,754,827

Breathitt

2

-

7

1,598,788

9

2,286,454

Clay

3

101,536

7

94,819

10

196,355

Elliott

-

-

1

20,000

1

20,000

Floyd

39

1,948,958

21

2,034,108

60

3,983,066

Harlan

50

8,585,933

26

3,249,239

76

11,835,172

Jackson

-

-

7

66,036

7

66,036

Johnson

2

1,543,278

11

387,329

13

1,930,607

Knott

31

5,317,885

22

3,662,497

5

8,980,382

Knox

10

221,085

10

453,037

20

674,122

Laurel

-

-

2

134,799

2

134,799

Lawrence

3

209,470

13

883,153

16

1,092,623

Lee

-

-

1

24,084

1

24,084

Leslie

5

3,096,748

10

1,789,424

15

4,886,172

Letcher

26

6,342,546

34

3,480,209

60

9,822,755

Magoffin

-

-

4

2,053,610

4

2,053,610

Martin

13

2,726,415

14

2,067,572

27

4,793,987

Morgan2771680,237881,008

Owsley

-

-

4

106,125

4

106,125

Perry

10

4,154,284

28

9,884,628

38

14,038,912

Pike

82

14,884,057

73

11,509,998

155

26,394,055

Whitley

1

20,774

1

148,712

2

169,486

Wolfe

-

-

2

6,294

2

6,294

EKY Total

287

50,853,952

328

45,537,968

615

96,391,920

Western Kentucky

Crittenden

-

-

1

32,668

1

32,668

Daviess

-

-

1

1,808

1

1,808

Henderson

1

1,870,214

1

1,296,328

2

3,166,542

Hopkins

6

11,292,382

7

191,512

13

11,483,894

Muhlenberg

2

2,342,190

6

1,879,959

8

4,222,149

Ohio

1

1,284,459

-

-

1

1,284,459

Union

2

4,851,334

1

194,736

3

5,046,070

Webster

3

4,331,101

-

-

3

4,331,101

WKY Total

15

25,971,680

17

3,597,011

32

29,568,691

KY Totals

302

76,825,632

345

49,134,979

647

125,960,611

*NOTE: The number of licenses are greater than the number of mines because a mine may be relicensed if the the company changes name or ownership.

Source: Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing Annual Report, 2006.