coalminer [coal miner] -- the largest privately held coalminer in the US,

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Robert Murray, founder and chief executive of Murray Energy, the largest privately held coalminer in the US, is confident Trump will follow through with campaign plans to reinvigorate the coal industry

Top US coal boss Robert Murray: Trump 'can't bring mining jobs back'

I don't think this usage* is found in AE. Do American agree? To BE speakers, Is it common in BE? I don't see it in Oxford online:

Miner:
1 A person who works in a mine.


*This usage is to call a business, a company mining coal, a 'coalminer'.
 
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  • Retired-teacher

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    British English
    I think that in BE we would say 'coal mining company'. 'Coal miner' refers to a person working underground in that industry.
     

    Cenzontle

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    English, U.S.
    A "coal miner" (preferably as two words) is an individual who works in a coal mine.
    Especially because coal miners often find themselves in an adversarial relationship with their employer, the mining company,
    it is chutzpah to appropriate that term for the company, in my opinion.
     

    Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    The Oxford English Dictionary has only one definition:
    "A person who works in a coal mine; a person who digs for coal."
    The entry is in the two-word form, "coal miner", although some of the quotations have it with a hyphen.
    If "coalminer" is coming to mean a company, that's a neologism not yet recorded in the OED.
     
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