But railroad rates were high, limiting the ability of Western coal to compete with Eastern coal, despite low prices at the mine. Figure 4. Labor productivity in coal mining, . That changed in the late 1970s with a move to deregulate railroad rates for coal, culminating in the Staggers Rail Act of 1980.
The Indiana Coal Industry. Bituminous coal has become one of Indiana's most valuable natural resources since its discovery along the banks of the Wabash River in 1736. Organized development of Indiana's coal resources began in the 1830s and by 1918, production exceeded 30 million short tons.
↑ Lynne Wheeler, "Island coal mine would create jobs, but residents fear environmental impact" Vancouver Sun, August 30, 2010. ↑ "Quintette", Teck Coal website, accessed May 2011. ↑ Brian Morton and Scott Simpson, "Chinese backers reaffirm interest in Gething coal mine" The Vancouver Sun, Nov. 12, 2011.