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Belle Ayr Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Alpha Coal West, Inc. has been the current operator since 6/30/1999

    Year 103(k) 104(a) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 1 4 238.00 238.00 238.00
    1996 0 7 1,043.00 1,043.00 1,043.00
    1997 0 12 600.00 600.00 600.00
    1998 0 10 669.00 669.00 669.00
    1999 0 3 427.00 165.00 165.00
    2000 0 2 110.00 110.00 110.00
    2001 0 2 314.00 314.00 314.00
    2002 0 15 855.00 855.00 855.00
    2003 1 12 20,579.00 20,579.00 20,579.00
    2004 0 11 600.00 600.00 600.00
    2005 0 6 360.00 360.00 360.00
    2006 0 19 3,479.00 3,304.00 3,304.00
    2007 1 18 12,974.00 12,974.00 12,954.00
    2008 0 12 3,837.00 3,837.00 3,837.00
    2009 0 27 7,873.00 7,873.00 6,343.00
    2010 0 27 7,543.00 7,543.00 2,780.00
    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: Alpha Coal West, Inc. has been the current operator since 6/30/1999

    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 1 1 0 463,320 18,771,999 0.00 0.43 0.0232 2.71
    1996 0 1 0 2 531,310 19,970,300 0.00 0.38 0.0082 2.33
    1997 0 2 0 4 642,344 22,800,736 0.00 0.62 0.0111 2.37
    1998 0 1 0 4 610,827 22,482,740 0.00 0.33 0.0057 2.25
    1999 0 3 0 7 496,890 17,893,709 0.00 1.21 0.0309 2.07
    2000 0 2 0 3 474,006 15,015,064 0.00 0.84 0.0233 2.24
    2001 0 4 0 2 394,351 11,760,831 0.00 2.03 0.0090 2.13
    2002 0 2 0 1 508,247 17,431,329 0.00 0.79 0.0180 2.29
    2003 1 0 0 0 510,510 17,844,826 0.39 0.00 0.0290 1.94
    2004 0 2 0 2 512,851 18,704,482 0.00 0.78 0.0121 1.76
    2005 0 1 0 0 540,169 19,326,943 0.00 0.37 0.0028 1.49
    2006 0 0 0 2 593,299 24,593,035 0.00 0.00 0.0189 1.35
    2007 0 2 0 4 639,056 26,608,765 0.00 0.63 0.0194 1.38
    2008 0 1 0 3 724,747 28,707,982 0.00 0.28 0.0102 1.25
    2009 0 2 0 3 782,761 28,395,952 0.00 0.51 0.0107 1.23
    2010 0 4 0 2 184,339 6,189,118 - - - -
    *   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
    ComancheXcel Energy IncPublic Service Co of ColoradoPueblo County, CO2889467
    George Neal SouthMidAmerican Energy Holdings CoMidAmerican Energy CoWoodbury County, IA2263832
    George Neal NorthMidAmerican Energy Holdings CoMidAmerican Energy CoWoodbury County, IA2241336
    Joppa SteamElectric Energy IncElectric Energy IncMassac County, IL1670634
    Will CountyEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyWill County, IL1533350
    Council BluffsMidAmerican Energy Holdings CoMidAmerican Energy CoPottawattamie County, IA1239428
    PowertonEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyTazewell County, IL1183672
    WaukeganEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyLake County, IL1170848
    Joliet 29Edison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyWill County, IL764679
    CrawfordEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyCook County, IL736114
    Fisk StreetEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyCook County, IL476459
    Transalta Centralia GenerationTransAlta Energy CorpTransAlta Energy CorpLewis County, WA380028
    MeramecAmeren CorpAmerenUESt Louis County, MO310524
    LouisaMidAmerican Energy Holdings CoMidAmerican Energy CoLouisa County, IA259759
    Joliet 9Edison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyWill County, IL221620
    ColumbiaAlliant Energy CorpWisconsin Power Light CoColumbia County, WI138317
    SheldonNebraska Public Power DistrictNebraska Public Power DistrictLancaster County, NE44137
    PawneeXcel Energy IncPublic Service Co of ColoradoMorgan County, CO14266
    La CygneGreat Plains Energy IncKansas City Power Light CoLinn County, KS121
  • Production
  • Alpha Natural Resources’ wins Wyo coal tract bid

    August 18, 2011

    In an unusual case of a Powder River Basin Coal Lease Auction having more than one bidder, Alpha Natural Resources outbid Peabody Energy by about 12% to win the new Caballo West coal tract expanding Alpha’s adjacent Belle Ayr Mine. Caballo West has an estimated 130M tons of mineable coal, Alpha’s winning $143M bid comes out to be about $1.10/ton of mineable coal, a new record for a coal lease in the Powder River Basin. Additionally Alpha will pay $3/acre annual rent on the property as well as an additional 12.5% of the value of coal produced. With the new lease, Alpha has expanded their total reserves in the PRB by about 20%.

    Since the Caballo West tract was just west of Peabody’s Caballo mine, their hope had been to add additional reserves, especially in light of their new contract to supply Ameren with 91 million tons of PRB coal. The contract was a new record contract for Peabody. However, while it is uncommon to have more than one bidder on a coal lease auction, last month Peabody won a different bidding contest from Alpha on another coal lease property in the gap between Caballo and Belle Ayr.

    Read articles at http://www.wyomingbusinessreport.com/article.asp?id=59281, http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_0750ee4a-8aab-56a2-9063-00bd0e978cf2.html and http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Peabody-outbids-Alpha-Caballo-gets-access-to-221M-tons-of-coal-over-Belle-Ayr,59791

    BLM sets Wyoming coal lease sale for July 13

    May 18, 2011

    The US Bureau of Land Management has agreed to an application by the Belle Ayr Mine to lease land adjacent to it in a July 13, 2011 auction. The Belle Ayr North tract is 1671 acres on the surface and contains 221M mineable tons of coal. Since the Powder River Basin has not been considered a coal mining region since it was decertified in 1990, the decision on leases in the PRB are proposed by the mining companies, not the BLM. As a consequence, almost all mine lease auctions have a single bidder, although the BLM reserves the right to reject a bid if it determines it to be insufficient.

    The auction will be held at the BLM office in Cheyenne, WY.

    Read article at http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_6f674652-62fe-5097-92f5-8c4341fc56a8.html

    BLM to offer four Powder River Basin coal leases

    March 22, 2011

    US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Wyoming governor Matt Mead jointly announced the decision to open for leasing two large tracts in the Powder River Basin, releasing 758 million tons of coal for leasing in the next few months. The lease, bonus bigs and royalty payments should generated between $13.4 to $21.3 billion dollars, of which Wyoming would get almost half. Each of the four were “leases by application” where an existing mining company requests that land adjacent to their mine be opened up for lease. In such cases, there is usually only a single bidder, although the US Bureau of Land Management can reject the bid as insufficient.

    The four announced leases are:

    • May 11, West Antelope II North, 2,838 acres/350M tons of mineable coal, filed by Antelope Coal LLC, adjacent to the Antelope Mine.
    • June 15– West Antelope II South, 1,909 acres/56M tons of mineable coal, filed by Antelope Coal LLC, adjacent to the Antelope Mine.
    • July 13 – Belle Ayr North, 1,671 acres/222M tons of mineable coal, filed by Alpha Coal West.
    • August 17 – Caballo West, 1,024 acres/130M tons of mineable coal, filed by Caballo Coal Company. The Caballo West and Belle Ayr tracts touch each other and fill in the gap between the Belle Ayr Mine and the Caballo Mine.

    Read articles at http://thewyonews.net/2011/03/22/blm-to-offer-four-powder-river-basin-coal-leases/ and http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704461304576216981490066162.html or press release at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Salazar-Announces-Coal-Lease-Sales-in-Wyoming.cfm

    Powder River Basin coal tracts cleared to move forward as planned

    Oct 28, 2010

    A judge for the Interior Board of Land Appeals has refused to delay the sale of a pair of Belle Ayr North coal tracts in the Powder River Basin. Wild Earth Guardians, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club had tried to block the sale by claiming that the Bureau of Land Management had violated the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws when it didn’t consider the effects that burning the coal would have on greenhouse gases and climate change.

    In lifting the stay, Administrative Judge Bruce Harris for the IBLA stated that Wild Earth Guardians had failed to demonstrate a likelihood of immediate and irreparable harm, and that the effects of burning the coal was not something that should be considered in a mining application, because burning was too far removed from the mining process.

    Read more at http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/Coal/6555234

    BLM plans PRB coal sales in face of environmental opposition

    Washington (Platts)–5Aug2010/515 pm EDT/2115 GMT
    The US Bureau of Land Management plans to go ahead with the sale of more
    than 350 million short tons of coal in the Wyoming Powder River Basin, despite
    objections and at least one planned lawsuit from environmental groups.

    The BLM will set a date for the lease sale at a later time, according to
    a notice to be published Friday in the Federal Register.

    The BLM is set to issue its record of decision for the 130-million-st
    Caballo West tract being sought by Peabody Energy, one week after releasing a
    decision for the 222-st Belle Ayr North lease applied for by Alpha Natural
    Resources. The two leases cover more than 2,700 acres south of Gillette, and
    would add to the life of Peabody’s Caballo and Alpha’s Belle Ayr mines.

    Read more at http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews.aspx?xmlpath=RSSFeed/HeadlineNews/Coal/6268464.xml

  • News
  • Belle Ayr North Lease by Application, Record of Decision, BLM, 2010

    Campbell County, Wyoming WYW161248

    /documents/belle-ayr-north-lease-by-application-record-of-decision-blm-2010

  • Documents