Coal in Central Appalachia

Coal has played a major role in the history of Central Appalachia, and is still a strong presence in the region today. The conversation about transition is destined to include talking about coal's future in the region and in our national energy mix. Central Appalachia needs expanded, effective efforts to diversify our economy and our energy sources in order to build a stronger, cleaner and more prosperous future in central Appalachia. These resources help inform our understanding of coal's past, present, and possible future impacts on the region's economy, environmental and human health, and jobs.




Coal Resources

  • Milici, Robert C. and Kristin O. Dennen, “Chapter H of the National Coal Resource Assessment Overview: Production and Depletion of Appalachian and Illinois Basin Coal Resources” (2009):

  • Lyons, P.C., “Coalbed methane potential in the Appalachian states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee” (1996):

  • Rohrbacher, T.J., Luppens, J.A. et al, “An External Peer Review of the U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resource Program's Economically Recoverable Coal Resource Assessment Methodology” (2005):

  • United States Geological Survey, “Coal Resource Assessments in the Northern and Central Appalachian Coal Region” (November 1999):

Climate Change and Energy

New Coal Technology

Government Agencies

Industry Perspective

Additional Resources on Coal

Groups Working on Coal in Central Appalachia