Trump administration officials are working around the clock to contain and reverse the damage caused by the massive flooding that hit the Texas coast, from the Pentagon’s massive deployment of National Guard troops to the White House’s push for Congress to boost disaster relief funds.
But as a new federal judge rules that the Trump Administration’s disaster declaration must remain in place, the White Star Line, which runs the world’s busiest freighter, is under intense pressure to stop transporting coal and coal products from Appalachia.
That’s because the White Rose of the Appalachian Mountains has been the target of a massive coal mine fire in the area, prompting a new round of federal regulation that will likely impact the transportation of coal products through the region.
The coal industry has already faced a major blow with the demise of a proposed mine near Black Hawk, West Virginia, which was estimated to have produced more than 20 million tons of coal in the U.S. alone during the 2016-2017 recession.
The mine was part of a $1.6 billion project to export the Appalachian Basin’s coal to Japan and Europe.
The president signed a new disaster declaration that extended the declaration into 2021 and extended the authority to enforce the coal export restrictions, but there is still a risk that the restrictions will be violated and the coal shipments halted.
“This is a very delicate and difficult situation,” said Mark P. Hurd, the president and CEO of the American Coal Association.
“This is going to require some of the greatest leadership and energy and resource mobilization of any industry I’ve seen.
And we’re working to protect the coal industry in the Appalachian region.”
Hurd also said the coal companies are “working very hard” to protect their jobs.
In its latest report, the National Association of Manufacturers said the industry faces an estimated $2 billion in lost economic activity because of the moratorium.
The National Association for Business Economics estimates that the coal sector lost $1 billion in 2016 alone because of Trump’s coal ban.
The trade group also estimated that a half-billion tons of the nation’s coal imports were halted, including a $2.8 billion cut from the 2017 shipment of 565 million tons.
The move comes as coal companies grapple with a new report from the Center for American Progress that found that the number of coal mining jobs in the United States has declined for four consecutive years.
In addition, the U., China, and Mexico all saw job losses in the coal mining industry.
Coal exports to Japan dropped by 3.4 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2016, according to the latest figures from the Japanese Government’s Industrial Production Survey.
And the U, China, Japan, and U.K. all saw a decrease in coal exports in 2016 compared to 2015, according the same report.
As the WhiteStar Line prepares for the shutdown of the White River Mine in West Virginia that the U-S.
Army Corps of Engineers declared an emergency in 2018, some are worried that the company’s efforts to prevent the spill from being contained could be undermined by the coal ban’s new restrictions.
The company says the closure of the mine could potentially damage the environment by allowing the spill to spread into nearby wetlands and rivers, as well as damage the coal seams.
The White Star Lines decision to suspend shipments of coal to Appalachia comes at a particularly challenging time.
The White Rose’s new owner, Southern Company, announced earlier this month that it would shutter its coal mines in Kentucky and Kentucky and suspend operations in those states.
And while coal companies have made significant investments to diversify their portfolios in the last year or so, they’re still struggling to find ways to maintain jobs.
Appalachian coal mining is a hard-to-place job, said David St. Pierre, a partner with St. Vincent and the Grenadines who is leading the legal defense for the coal company.
“The industry is a big industry, but they’re not always seen as having the jobs,” he said.
But even with the loss of some jobs, the coal industries continue to struggle, as coal mining has been an essential part of the economy for decades.
In the past 100 years, the industry has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs.
In 2015, the number lost from the industry was estimated at 3.3 million, according a report from Bloomberg.
And in 2016 the United Mine Workers union called for a strike, citing “continued loss of jobs” from the coal mine closure.
While the coal mines have been a part of Appalachian life for decades, the company says they are no longer viable.
“We can’t operate in the current economic environment.
We need to diversifying,” said Mike O’Connell, president of the company.
He added that the plant’s operations will not be affected by the new coal ban because the company is already moving coal through ports.
The federal government also said in a court filing