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Bed Production

In Kentucky, coal is produced from many beds, but annually there are a few beds that dominate production because of their extent, thickness, or quality. For example, the Springfield (W. Ky. No. 9) coal has been the leading producer in Kentucky for many years.  U.S. EIA ranks coal production by bed nationally in its annual report. http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/coal/page/acr/table5.pdf

In the 2008 report, which summarized data for 2006, Kentucky coal beds ranked as follows:

 

Kentucky rank        National rank                       Coal bed

1st                                3rd                                Springfield (W. Ky. No. 9)

2nd                               7th                                Upper Elkhorn No. 3

3rd                                13th                             Hazard No. 4 (Fire Clay)

4th                                14th                             Lower Elkhorn (Pond Creek)