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Doncaster Oral History Project - Miners Safety Lamp



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Coal is the official state mineral of Kentucky.


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You tested for gas either high or low, in the roof or further down, usually for firedamp. Gas caps, ie blue caps on the flame would form and from that a percentage would be calculated. Do you turn the fan up, or get the men out of the pit? Such was a deputy's responsibility.


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Coal is extracted from the ground by coal mining, either underground by shaft mining, or at ground level by open pit mining extraction.

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Coal is primarily used as a solid fuel to produce electricity and heat through combustion. World coal consumption was about 7.25 billion tonnes in 2010 The price of coal increased from around $30.00 per short ton in 2000 to around $150.00 per short ton as of September 2008. In early 2015, it was trading near $56/ton.