Report: Utah’s coal industry fading while more eco-friendly outdoor recreation surges

July 27, 2017 (Salt Lake Tribune)

Compiled by alliance volunteer Doris Schmidt, the new report taps economic data from Utah and federal agencies and a recent three-part report by the nonprofit Utah Foundation.

The document lists a litany of grim statistics for coal that are not new, but rather cast a new light on Utah’s official call to shrink the Staircase monument to exclude the coal-bearing Kaiparowits Plateau.

Nationally, 50 coal producers have gone bankrupt since 2012, while just six of the Utah mines operating in 2001 remain active today. Utah coal production is at its lowest since 1978 and coal employment has plunged 28 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to the report.

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