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Northwest Colorado coal production decreasing

The coal industry was once in a time of high optimism, riding a wave of “robust” production levels, Colorado Mining Association President Stuart Sanderson said. The year was 2004, and the state’s coal industry was producing 40 million tons of coal. “At that point in time, it looked as though we had the potential to hit 50 million tons,” he said. “Demand for energy was increasing and the export markets were robust.”


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