Coal Facts

  • Over the total Raven Mine life, the project is expected to produce 0.7 to 1.1 million tonnes of processed coal per year
  • Independent studies on Raven show 88% of the coal produced will be metallurgical coal suitable for steel-making. A small amount will not meet steel-making specifications and may be used to produce energy
  • The combustion of coal is the largest contributor to the human-made increase of CO2 in the atmosphere – even if this coal is not burned here, we all live under one atmosphere.
  •  About one fourth of the carbon dioxide emitted from the combustion of coal is absorbed by the oceans, causing a steadily increasing ocean acidification, one of the most serious threats facing aquaculturists not to mention the world today
  • Coal mining produces methane,  has a global warming potential 21 times greater than that of carbon dioxide
  • Coal also contains low levels of uranium, thorium, and other naturally occurring radioactive isotopes whose release into the environment may lead to radioactive contamination
  • In 2008 the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations calculated that coal particulates pollution cause approximately one million deaths annually across the world
  • Underground mining  requires large amounts of water for coal preparation plants and dust suppression. To meet this requirement mines acquire (and remove) surface or groundwater supplies from nearby agricultural or domestic users