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Buckskin Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Kiewit Mining Group has been the current operator since 8/21/2004

    Year 103(k) 104(a) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 1 10 500.00 500.00 500.00
    1996 0 4 512.00 512.00 512.00
    1997 0 15 750.00 750.00 750.00
    1998 1 4 25,369.00 20,369.00 20,369.00
    1999 0 1 55.00 55.00 55.00
    2000 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2001 0 2 110.00 110.00 110.00
    2002 0 5 275.00 275.00 275.00
    2003 0 2 115.00 115.00 115.00
    2004 0 7 577.00 577.00 577.00
    2005 0 7 607.00 607.00 607.00
    2006 0 3 180.00 180.00 180.00
    2007 0 5 1,447.00 1,447.00 1,447.00
    2008 0 17 4,464.00 4,464.00 4,464.00
    2009 0 24 5,667.00 5,667.00 5,667.00
    2010 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    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: Kiewit Mining Group has been the current operator since 8/21/2004

    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 1 328,772 11,616,418 0.00 1.22 0.0232 2.71
    1996 0 2 0 0 325,269 11,951,798 0.00 1.23 0.0082 2.33
    1997 0 4 0 0 331,459 14,443,165 0.00 2.41 0.0111 2.37
    1998 1 2 0 1 308,750 17,290,730 0.65 1.30 0.0057 2.25
    1999 0 1 0 0 321,582 15,587,569 0.00 0.62 0.0309 2.07
    2000 0 1 0 3 370,372 15,833,179 0.00 0.54 0.0233 2.24
    2001 0 4 0 0 445,633 19,176,796 0.00 1.80 0.0090 2.13
    2002 0 0 0 1 432,445 18,334,186 0.00 0.00 0.0180 2.29
    2003 0 3 0 0 405,287 17,539,156 0.00 1.48 0.0290 1.94
    2004 0 1 0 1 401,961 20,266,859 0.00 0.50 0.0121 1.76
    2005 0 0 0 0 433,593 19,568,058 0.00 0.00 0.0028 1.49
    2006 0 2 0 1 504,625 22,768,303 0.00 0.79 0.0189 1.35
    2007 0 0 0 3 585,444 25,268,145 0.00 0.00 0.0194 1.38
    2008 0 0 0 4 757,288 26,076,355 0.00 0.00 0.0102 1.25
    2009 0 0 0 1 751,271 25,411,798 0.00 0.00 0.0107 1.23
    2010 0 0 0 1 186,912 6,178,339 - - - -
    *   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
    Big Cajun 2NRG EnergyNRG EnergyPointe Coupee County, LA5455607
    Rush IslandAmeren CorpAmerenUEJefferson County, MO1865317
    SchererSouthern CoGeorgia Power CoMonroe County, GA1855701
    OttumwaAlliant Energy CorpInterstate Power and Light CoWapello County, IA1814201
    Muscatine Plant #1Board of Water Electric CommunicationsBoard of Water Electric CommunicationsMuscatine County, IA1116076
    Pleasant PrairieWisconsin Energy CorpWe EnergiesKenosha County, WI683585
    BurlingtonAlliant Energy CorpInterstate Power and Light CoDes Moines County, IA642758
    LimestoneNRG EnergyNRG EnergyLimestone County, TX308384
    W A ParishNRG EnergyNRG EnergyFort Bend County, TX217980
    Milton L KappAlliant Energy CorpInterstate Power and Light CoClinton County, IA165369
    HawthornGreat Plains Energy IncKansas City Power Light CoJackson County, MO63667
    Nebraska CityOmaha Public Power DistrictOmaha Public Power DistrictOtoe County, NE61292
    La CygneGreat Plains Energy IncKansas City Power Light CoLinn County, KS60852
    IatanGreat Plains Energy IncKansas City Power Light CoPlatte County, MO31704
    State Line EnergyDominionDominion Energy NUGsLake County, IN28480
    Gibbons CreekTexas Municipal Power AgencyTexas Municipal Power AgencyGrimes County, TX14354
    Lake ShoreFirstEnergy CorpFirstEnergy Generation CorpCuyahoga County, OH13956
    EastlakeFirstEnergy CorpFirstEnergy Generation CorpLake County, OH13662
  • Production
  • Gillette coal mine to lay off employees

    June 29, 2012

    The Kiewit Mining Company, owners of the Buckskin Mine in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, has announced that it plans to lay off some workers in the coming weeks. The specifics about the size, composition and timing of the layoff are still being determined.

    Buckskin is just the latest mine in the region to lay off employees as a result of a significant softening in the coal market. First quarter production at the mine was down 21% from the same quarter last year.

    Read article at http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/gillette-coal-mine-to-lay-off-employees/article_eda14004-95cd-58c6-8742-057b79854d65.html

    A new coal market?

    December 8, 2010

    An Australian company is proposing to build two plants to dry Powder River Basin coal raise its BTU content. PRB coal is 30% water by mass, and by removing that water the coal becomes more economical to ship oversees and to replace higher quality bituminous coal from Appalachia. While there have been a number of companies who have failed at this in the past, White Energy’s technology for producing coal briquettes is considered tested and proven, enough so that the current plans are to build commercial scale plants instead of test facilities.

    White Energy proposes a plant at Buckskin and another at Caballo, both opening in 2013 with an initial annual production of 1 million tons each (though expandable to 8 and 20 million tons per year respectively). The company expects to receive about $2 per BTU more than the untreated coal.

    Read article at http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/articles/2010/12/08/news/today/news02.txt

  • News
  • Buckskin Mine Hay Creek II – Coal Lease Application – Final Environmental Impact Statement – WYW-172684

    For reserves adjacent to the Buckskin Mine north of Gillette, WY. Requested by Kiewit Mining Properties, operator of the Buckskin Mine. Issued July 29, 2011

    /documents/buckskin-mine-hay-creek-ii-coal-lease-application-final-environmental-impact-statement-wyw-172684

    Buckskin Mine – reclamation bond release data – 2008

    detailed information about what reclamation was done for areas 90-03-A and 90-01-A since the final backfill/grading in 1989.

    /documents/buckskin-mine-reclamation-bond-release-data-2008

    Buckskin Mine – Technical Environmental Analysis – 1986

    Analysis of Topography, Geology, Hydrology, Climate, Air Quality, Soils, Vegetation and Land Use, Wildlife and Cultural Resources of the mine, and an analysis of the predicted effects of mining on these. Permit TFN 1 4/208.

    /documents/buckskin-mine-technical-environmental-analysis-1986

    West Hay Creek – Final Environmental Impact Statement – June 2004

    Application for land NW of Buckskin Mine. 840 acres, 145Mton in-place reserves. WYW151634.

    /documents/west-hay-creek-final-environmental-impact-statement-june-2004

  • Documents