Kentucky Production

 
Kentucky produced 125.9* million tons of bituminous coal in 2006, down over 53 million tons from the record 179.4 million tons set in 1990.
 
  Underground Surface      State
Year Eastern Kentucky Western Kentucky Eastern Kentucky Western Kentucky       Totals
1960 32,041,487 12,851,108 4,622,417 18,552,641 67,067,653
1965 37,740,473 13,341,646 9,587,626 26,537,294 87,207,039
1970 44,068,538 19,430,489 28,527,422 33,281,946 125,308,395
1975 41,280,096 24,757,456 46,957,448 31,209,511 144,204,511
1980 59,603,430 19,558,157 49,582,095 21,400,291 150,143,973
1985 75,530,607 21,188,598 52,294,115 22,602,743 169,616,063
1990 81,577,417 27,375,465 49,393,390 21,026,997 179,373,269
1995 73,922,358 24,763,534 47,288,817 11,812,973 157,787,682
2000 59,956,626 21,543,143 44,335,363 6,010,856 131,845,988
2002 59,562,704 21,244,764 44,615,777 5,979,552 131,402,797
2003 52,952,957 19,055,260 40,751,963 4,360,719 117,120,899
2004 54,250,895 19,228,512 41,544,662 3,930,444 118,954,473
2005 52,679,423 21,751,583 45,073,132 4,903,482 124,407,575
2006 50,853,952 25,971,680 45,537,968 3,597,011 125,960,611

*NOTE: State production numbers differ slightly from yearly federal U.S. DOE - Energy Information Administration (EIA) production numbers, due to minor differences in their methodology (i.e., clean coal versus raw).  Please note whether Federal or State numbers are referenced when using a value in this publication.

Source: Kentucky Division of Mines and Minerals, Annual Reports, 1960-2002; Office of Mine Safety & Licensing, Annual Reports, 2003-2006.

Number of Mines, 1984-2006


         

Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky

Western Kentucky

Year

Surface

Underground

Total

Surface

Underground

Total

Surface

Underground

Total

1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006

1,137
937
723
612
492
429
360
296
270
250
248
237
237
221
205
198
162
203
194
213
196
208
215

926
921
830
816
738
670
627
542
482
446
425
361
307
308
277
260
246
264
233
187
223
224
227
2,063
1,858
1,553
1,428
1,230
1,099
987
838
752
696
673
598
544
529
482
458
408
467
427
400
419
432
442
1,026
836
633
532
426
358
301
243
225
197
206
201
197
193
186
178
148
187
180
174
185
193
202
900
897
802
791
714
644
601
513
459
425
401
339
287
289
259
243
234
253
219
201
212
211
214
1,926
1,733
1,435
1,323
1,140
1,002
902
756
684
622
607
540
484
482
445
421
382
440
399
375
397
404
416
111
101
90
80
66
71
59
53
45
53
42
36
40
28
19
20
14
16
14
13
11
15
13
26
24
28
25
24
26
26
29
23
21
24
22
20
19
18
17
12
11
14
12
11
13
13
137
125
118
105
90
97
85
82
68
74
66
58
60
47
37
37
26
27
28
25
22
28
26

Source: U.S. DOE--Energy Information Administration, Coal Industry Annual, 1993-2006, Coal Production, 1984-2004.
Number of Mine Licenses in Kentucky

The number of actual mines is smaller than the final number of mine licenses issued each year.  A new license is required when the company name or ownership change.
 
  Underground Surface      State
Year Eastern Kentucky Western Kentucky Eastern Kentucky Western Kentucky       Totals
1960 2,563 74 179  70 2,886
1965  1,959  49 176  45 2,229
1970 1,449 34 502 73 2,058
1975 1,614 31 1,743 182 3,570
1980 1,131 32 1,349 136 2,648
1985 1,153 31 1,548 139 2,871
1990 799 27 860 83 1,769
1995 456 28 665 48 1,197
2000 309 14 256 26 605
2002 300 18 310 20 648
2003 268 17 240 16 541
2004 282 14 298 14 608
2005 278 16 281 19 594
2006 287 15 329 16 647

 Source:  Kentucky Division of Mines & Minerals, Annual Reports, 19602002; Office of Mine Safety & Licensing, Annual Reports, 2003-2006.