- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Coal production in Wyoming increased in the first half of 2014 compared to last year, but coal exports continued a decline that started in 2012.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the state produced more than 187 million tons of coal in the first half of this year compared to about 183 million tons in the first half of 2013. But total exports were down 16 percent to 52.3 million tons from the first half of 2013 to the first half of 2014.

The Gillette News Record reports (http://bit.ly/1rbjUC2 ) increases in coal production worldwide, especially in Indonesia and Australia, have hurt the competitiveness of U.S. coal.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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