Editor’s Note: The healthy long-term demand for coal highlights the ongoing need for ensuring miner safety.
Paris — Global demand for coal will continue to expand aggressively over the next five years despite public calls in many countries for reducing reliance on the high-carbon fuel as a primary energy source, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a new annual publication, Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2011, released today.
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Nationally, there were 21 coal miners killed on the job in 2011, down from 48 in 2010. This is the second lowest annual death count since the federal government started keeping track over a century ago.
But for the gold and silver mines, like Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho, there were 16 deaths this year, including two Idaho men. According to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, there were 23 deaths in 2010.
In April, 53-year-old Larry Marek died when the section of the mine he was working caved-in.