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Absaloka Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Westmoreland Resources Inc. has been the current operator since 3/30/2007

    Year 103(k) 104(a) 104(d)(1) 104(d)(2) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 0 6 0 0 407.00 407.00 407.00
    1996 0 5 0 0 378.00 378.00 378.00
    1997 0 13 0 0 962.00 962.00 962.00
    1998 0 10 1 0 6,818.00 6,818.00 6,818.00
    1999 0 12 0 0 1,080.00 1,080.00 1,080.00
    2000 0 8 0 0 941.00 702.00 702.00
    2001 0 10 0 0 3,092.00 1,932.00 1,932.00
    2002 0 25 0 0 7,539.00 7,539.00 7,539.00
    2003 0 7 0 0 360.00 360.00 360.00
    2004 0 8 0 0 1,976.00 420.00 420.00
    2005 0 16 0 0 6,039.00 1,145.00 1,145.00
    2006 0 7 1 0 3,365.00 3,365.00 3,365.00
    2007 0 10 2 0 24,284.00 18,926.00 18,926.00
    2008 0 29 0 2 27,556.00 19,956.00 19,956.00
    2009 1 23 0 0 26,109.00 26,109.00 6,885.00
    2010 0 11 0 0 4,870.00 4,870.00 4,870.00
    Note: Vacated Citations are not included in any reports on the DRS.

    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Please Note: Westmoreland Resources Inc. has been the current operator since 3/30/2007

    Year Fatal Operator
    Injuries
    NFDL Operator
    Injuries
    Fatal Contractor
    Injuries
    NFDL Contractor
    Injuries
    Operator Hours
    Worked*
    Coal
     Produced 
    (tons)
    Operator Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Operator NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    1995 0 2 0 0 166,059 4,412,441 0.00 2.41 0.0232 2.71
    1996 0 7 0 0 190,341 4,668,178 0.00 7.36 0.0082 2.33
    1997 0 8 0 0 253,364 7,059,727 0.00 6.32 0.0111 2.37
    1998 0 2 0 2 268,981 6,538,393 0.00 1.49 0.0057 2.25
    1999 0 0 0 6 215,381 5,464,776 0.00 0.00 0.0309 2.07
    2000 0 2 0 0 167,843 4,910,263 0.00 2.38 0.0233 2.24
    2001 0 0 0 0 172,780 5,835,951 0.00 0.00 0.0090 2.13
    2002 0 5 0 1 166,904 5,283,532 0.00 5.99 0.0180 2.29
    2003 0 1 0 0 192,097 5,975,323 0.00 1.04 0.0290 1.94
    2004 0 2 0 0 197,627 6,474,339 0.00 2.02 0.0121 1.76
    2005 0 1 0 1 227,787 6,449,835 0.00 0.88 0.0028 1.49
    2006 0 6 0 1 305,680 6,806,854 0.00 3.93 0.0189 1.35
    2007 0 8 0 0 341,647 7,704,556 0.00 4.68 0.0194 1.38
    2008 0 3 0 0 387,207 6,390,699 0.00 1.55 0.0102 1.25
    2009 0 1 0 0 396,338 5,911,673 0.00 0.50 0.0107 1.23
    2010 0 0 0 0 88,700 1,293,503 - - - -
    *   Hours worked and accidents & injuries now include office hours or accidents (subunit 99).
    ** Current rates are based on data available as of 2009 Quarter 4. For a further explanation, please see this.
  • MSHA Data


  • 2009 Sales to Power Plants

    NameControllerOperatorLocationTons Purchased
    Sherburne CountyXcel Energy IncNorthern States Power CoSherburne County, MN4629951
    B C CobbCMS Energy CorpConsumers Energy CoMuskegon County, MI795256
    J C WeadockCMS Energy CorpConsumers Energy CoBay County, MI511081
  • Production
  • Rich in Coal, a Tribe Struggles to Overcome Poverty

    October 25, 2011

    As the Crow nation, in southeast Montana near Hardin, tries to address its nearly 50% unemployment rate, pressure has grown for the tribe to exploit enormous coal reserves underneath the reservation. At present, the Absaloka Mine leases coal from some of the tribe’s reserves. But a 50-year $7B deal to partner with an Australian company to build a coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant first announced in 2008 has run into difficulties and opposition inside the tribe.

    One source of the difficulties is the complex land arrangements on the reservation. Because the tribe only owns 20% of the land on the reservation, development must be approved by a large number of small “allottees”, who in turn have been concerned about damage to neighboring land, water pollution, as well as water consumption. Allottee groups have pushed for wind development instead. While the tribe has pushed most for the CTL project, it’s clear that the top priority is doing something sooner rather than later.

    Read article at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/business/energy-environment/rich-in-coal-a-tribe-struggles-to-overcome-poverty.html

    Mont. tribe renews bid to tap 9B ton coal cache

    July 29, 2011

    In a dramatic reversal, the Crow Nation in southern Montana and the Australian-American Energy Company have made up their differences and announced a new push to mine the Nation’s huge coal reserves. Last spring the Nation and the AAEC were in court suing each other as an older attempt to make a huge coal-to-liquids plant on tribal land had fallen apart. The new plan still includes a smaller coal-to-liquids component (now to be built in stages instead of all at once), but supplements it with a plan to bake the coal into briquettes. The process increases the coal’s caloric content and ultimate sale price, making it economically feasible to ship to China and the rest of the booming Asian market.

    The Absaloka Coal Mine run by Westmoreland is the only mine in Crow tribal land, even though the tribe has 9B tons of reserves. It is hoped that the Many Stars coal-to-liquids plant and the new briquette operation will provided much needed economic stimulus to the depressed tribal economy.

    Read article at http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_c3b6deec-ba04-11e0-9fce-001cc4c002e0.html

  • News
  • Absaloka Coal Mine Environmental Impact Statement, 2008

    Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Absaloka Coal Mine. Issue to Westmoreland in October 2008.

    http://coaldiver.org/documents/absaloka-coal-mine-environmental-impact-statement-2008

  • Documents