Webster County

Production Method
Total
Underground

Mines
2
2

Production
5,730,589
5,730,589

Percentage
100%
100%

Relative to many other coal-producing counties in Kentucky,
mine productivity in Webster County has been stable since
2005.

Coal production in Webster County came entirely from underground operations during 2011. Webster County produced more than 5.7 million tons of coal which represented
5% of the Commonwealth’s total annual production. Interestingly, since 2006 coal production levels in the county have
fluctuated dramatically depending on the year. However,
Webster County annual production remains notably down
from a recent peak of 10.6 million tons in 1997.

94

On-Site Activity
Total
Underground
Preparation Plant
Surface
Office

Employment
717
613
54
30
20

Percentage
100%
85%
8%
4%
3%

Coal mines in Webster County directly employed 717 people full-time during 2011. Underground mine sites by far
represented the largest concentration of direct coal mining
jobs, employing 613 miners through the year. Coal preparation plants provided 54 full-time jobs, surface operations
employed 30 miners, and mine offices were staffed by 20
individuals. Unsurprisingly, underground mine employment
has fluctuated directly with underground coal production during the last five years.

energy.ky.gov
kentuckycoal.com

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