Annually, 28 West Virginia Counties produce coal.
McDowell County has produced more coal than any other county in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Coal Industry provides about 30,000 direct jobs in WV, including miners, mine contractors, coal preparation plant employees and mine supply companies.
Underground mines in 2009 produced 87 million tons with 33 million tons from longwall mining.
Surface mines account for nearly 60 million tons of production each year.
In 2009 Surface mines produced 56 million tons with over 43 million from Mountain Top mining.
In 2009 West Virginia mines produced over 144 million tons.
West Virginia leads the nation in underground coal production.
Taxes paid by the coal industry and by utility companies that make electricity using West Virginia coal account for two-thirds, or over 60% of business taxes paid in our state.
The coal industry pays approximately $70 million in property taxes annually.
The Coal Severance Tax adds approximately $214 million into West Virginia's economy.
Twenty-four million dollars of coal severance taxes collected each year goes directly into the Infrastructure Bond Fund.
All 55 counties, even the non-coal producing counties receive Coal Severance Tax funds.
The coal industry payroll is nearly $2 billion per year.
Coal is responsible for more than $3.5 billion annually in the gross state product.
More than half of the nation's electricity is generated from coal.
In West Virginia 99% of the generated electricity comes from coal.
There are currently 14 coal fired electric generating facilities located in West Virginia.
Coal provides the majority of electric power in 32 states.
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