U.S. ships first coal to Ukraine
U.S. Cabinet officials, the U.S. envoy to Ukraine and representatives from XCoal were on hand for the first shipment of coal from a Pennsylvania facility to Ukrainian energy company Centrenergo.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said coal sent from the United States would serve as a secure and reliable form of energy for Ukrainian consumers.
"The department and this administration look forward to making available even more of our abundant natural resources to allies like Ukraine in the future to promote their own energy security through diversity of supply and source," he said in a statement.
Coal exports from the United States were around 37 million tons total for the first five months of the year, a level that's 60 percent higher than the same time last year.
U.S. President Trump in his first weeks in office took aim at environmental rules he said threatened the coal industry.
According to the White House, more than 600 coal mines closed in the six years ending in 2015, production declined by more than 177 million tons and more than 36,000 jobs were lost "without any sign of relief." ■