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Part 3: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – A Three-Part Series on the State of Pennsylvania Anthracite

The Future of Pennsylvania Anthracite Anthracite, and Pennsylvania anthracite in particular, is not just coal. Anthracite has structural and chemical characteristics that have taken it to markets not reached by or available to other forms of coal: The high heating value, consistent and smokeless burning (very low particulate emissions) have made it a popular fuel [...]

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Part 2: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – A Three-Part Series on the State of Pennsylvania Anthracite

The Current Situation Today, and since the early 1990s, anthracite mining, processing and distribution activities in Pennsylvania are but a shadow of historical levels. Production from mining averages two to three million tons and direct employment in the industry approximates 1000. The industry is composed of a few larger companies (Atlantic Carbon, Blaschak, Lehigh, Pagnotti, [...]

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – A Three-Part Series on the State of Pennsylvania Anthracite

Part One: A Look Back 250 years ago, anthracite was discovered in Eastern Pennsylvania. Since then, this valuable natural resource has been the material that fueled the industrial revolution in America, two World Wars, and was the driving force in growing a prosperous regional economy in Schuylkill, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Northumberland, Columbia and Carbon counties. 100 [...]

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Finding “Out of the Box” Perspectives

In business, as in life, our experiences frame our perspectives and opinions. Most often, these experiences are reasonable indicators, leading us in directions that make sense. But sometimes, our life framework can trap us in old thinking, preventing us from getting “out of the box” and reaching for new frontiers.  Over the past few months, [...]

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It’s Not Just Coal – It’s Anthracite

“Coal” is often described as though it is one simple material. Today, the term is most frequently associated with the type of material that is used as a fuel in power generation. That concept brings to many minds the ideas of dirty, messy, polluting processes that contribute mightily to the debate on global warming and [...]

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One Era Ends, Another Begins

Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting a retirement dinner for one of our most senior and admired leaders at Blaschak Coal Corp. Francie Curran has decided to retire from his role as mining superintendent. He is 77 years old, and has been a fixture in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania for 60 years. Born [...]

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