Economic Impact of Coal Industry

Coal is the largest and most widespread fossil fuel resource. It accounts for 23 percent of the world’s known energy sources.6 Based on the “Demonstrated Reserve Base” data, Alabama holds about 4 billion tons of economically recoverable coal reserves. Using the EIA data, we estimate that 85% of that reserve is met coal. At Alabama’s current rate of met coal production – 11 million short tons per year in 2018- the state’s met coal resources will last for another 309 years, making it Alabama’s most lasting fossil fuel resource.7 Alabama’s five bituminous coalfields are listed below.8 Most of the state’s 23 active surface and underground coal mines are located in the Warrior Coalfield. The top coal-producing counties in 2018 were Tuscaloosa, Jefferson and Walker. • Cahaba Coalfield (St. Clair, Jefferson, Shelby, and Bibb Counties) • Coosa Coalfield (St. Clair and Shelby Counties) • Lookout Mountain Coalfield (Dekalb, Cherokee, & Etowah Counties) • Sand Mountain Coalfield (Jackson, Dekalb, Etowah, Marshall, and Blount Counties) • Warrior Coalfield (Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Walker, Winston, and Marion Counties) 6, average salary for Alabama is $75,736 7 8 8 ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE COAL INDUSTRY ON THE STATE OF ALABAMA