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Worker loses both legs in mine accident near Trinidad

October 15, 2011

A 24 year-old man working at the New Elk Coal Mine has suffered serious injuries while on the job. Jerry DeVaul survived tours of duty with the US armed forces in Afganistan and Iraq, only to reportedly lose both of his legs after being run over in an accident at the mine near Trinidad, CO.

TK Mining, owners of the mine, had no comment on the report. New Elk reopened this year after being closed for nearly two decades.

Read article at http://www.koaa.com/news/worker-loses-both-legs-in-mine-accident-near-trinidad/

Colorado PUC adopts plan to switch Denver-area power plants to natural gas

December 10, 2010

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has adopted a $1.4B plan to discontinue all coal-fired generation from the Denver area by closing four coal-fired plants, converting one to natural gas and building a new natural gas-fired power plant. As a result of the closures and conversions, the nitrous oxide (a key component in smog) during electrical generation will drop by 86% and consumer rates are projected to rise by a total of 2.4% over the next 10 years.

The Colorado Mining Association and Peabody Energy have opposed the move and are exploring other legal options to oppose the plan. Stuart Sanderson, president of the CMA, said “this thing is far from over.”

Read article at http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_16822421

Coal mine is a gold mine for Las Animas

December 8, 2010

The New Elk Mine in southeastern Colorado, is about to reopen after being closed for several decades, bringing up to 400 new jobs to the economically depressed Las Animas county. However, the miners themselves will not be hired locally: “Mining is a highly skilled job and no one around here has worked in a mine in 20 years,” said Kim Schultz, executive director of the Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce.

Toronto-based Cline Mining Corp. plans to mine 2-3 million tons per year of the estimated 350 million tons in the mine. New Elk is significantly different than neighboring mines in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, because it has coal of a high enough quality to be used for coking. Recently PRB coal has sold for around $12/ton, whereas coking coal is up to $156/ton. Cline estimates a significant portion of the mined coal will end up in Asia. Production is expected to restart this calendar year.

Read article at http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_16803352

Bonding Adequacy Oversight Report – Western Region – Dept of Interior – 2010

State by state survey of practices for bonding coal mines. Published July 8, 2010

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