West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and
WEST VIRGINIA COAL MINING FACTS
The West Virginia Mining Industry is critical to the economy and well being of the
state and the nation. We have assembled the following WEST VIRGINIA
COAL MINING FACTS from various sources. Refer to the list of sources at the
bottom of this page and from our sources page.
Also there are hyperlinks within the text so the reader may navigate to related
pages within our website.
Coal was first discovered in what is now West Virginia in 1742 by
John Peter Salley in what is now Boone County.
Coal occurs in 53 of West Virginia's 55 Counties
only Jefferson and Hardy in the eastern panhandle have no coal.
information obtained from these documents is accurate to the best of our
knowledge and is not a substitute for current mining laws or
regulations. The State of West Virginia is not liable for any
damages resulting from any information that unintentionally may be
inaccurate or untimely.
West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey, Web Page
West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training Annual Reports. Green Lands published by the West Virginia Mining and Reclamation Association Coal Forum News published by The Coal Forum West Virginia Coal Bell published by the West Virginia Mining and Reclamation
Association Sunday Gazette-Mail
National Mining Association
Impact The Importance of Coal to West Virginia published by the West Virginia Mining
and Reclamation Association