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Decker Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    The ownership date for this operator is unavailable

    Year 104(a) 104(d)(1) 104(g)(1) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 2 0 0 100.00 100.00 100.00
    1996 3 0 0 150.00 150.00 150.00
    1997 9 0 0 688.00 688.00 688.00
    1998 47 0 0 6,035.00 6,035.00 6,035.00
    1999 1 0 0 55.00 55.00 55.00
    2000 2 0 0 110.00 110.00 110.00
    2001 10 0 0 1,052.00 1,052.00 1,052.00
    2002 15 0 1 1,903.00 1,903.00 1,903.00
    2003 11 0 0 650.00 650.00 650.00
    2004 11 0 0 660.00 660.00 660.00
    2005 4 0 0 240.00 240.00 240.00
    2006 6 0 0 775.00 775.00 775.00
    2007 3 0 0 260.00 260.00 260.00
    2008 24 0 0 9,555.00 9,555.00 9,555.00
    2009 31 0 0 36,418.00 36,418.00 36,418.00
    2010 21 1 0 25,257.00 25,257.00 8,390.00
    Note: Vacated Citations are not included in any reports on the DRS.

    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    The ownership date for this operator is unavailable

    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 5 0 1 585,555 10,463,770 0.00 1.71 0.0232 2.71
    1996 0 3 0 0 534,233 10,979,219 0.00 1.12 0.0082 2.33
    1997 0 3 0 1 536,358 11,873,448 0.00 1.12 0.0111 2.37
    1998 0 3 0 1 526,989 10,475,507 0.00 1.14 0.0057 2.25
    1999 0 2 0 1 497,014 10,878,069 0.00 0.80 0.0309 2.07
    2000 0 6 0 0 482,143 9,932,166 0.00 2.49 0.0233 2.24
    2001 0 0 0 0 460,830 9,462,298 0.00 0.00 0.0090 2.13
    2002 0 2 0 1 450,214 10,028,398 0.00 0.89 0.0180 2.29
    2003 0 2 0 0 327,231 8,092,348 0.00 1.22 0.0290 1.94
    2004 0 1 0 0 287,502 8,241,467 0.00 0.70 0.0121 1.76
    2005 0 2 0 0 292,740 6,915,690 0.00 1.37 0.0028 1.49
    2006 0 2 0 0 323,519 7,044,226 0.00 1.24 0.0189 1.35
    2007 0 2 0 0 314,846 6,984,546 0.00 1.27 0.0194 1.38
    2008 0 1 0 1 327,237 6,871,671 0.00 0.61 0.0102 1.25
    2009 0 1 0 0 306,793 4,515,393 0.00 0.65 0.0107 1.23
    2010 0 2 0 0 75,904 510,774 - - - -
    *   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
    Clay BoswellALLETE IncMinnesota Power IncItasca County, MN1015858
    State Line EnergyDominionDominion Energy NUGsLake County, IN630498
    Taconite Harbor Energy CenterALLETE IncMinnesota Power IncCook County, MN434264
    St ClairDTE Energy CorpDetroit Edison CoSt Clair County, MI68000
    Apache StationArizona Electric Pwr Coop IncArizona Electric Pwr Coop IncCochise County, AZ27850
  • Production

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    Wyoming coal mines cut production, jobs due to weak demand

    May 2, 2012

    Three coal mining companies in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin are cutting back operations due to a decline in coal demand from a warm winter and utilities moving away from coal to cheap natural gas. Peabody Energy Corp., which operates the North Antelope Rochelle, Caballo and Rawhide mines in the Powder River Basin, reduced its contact labor and temporary workers last week, totaling less than 2 percent of its Powder River Basin workforce. According to reports referring to federal employment data, cuts are estimated to be around 40 workers.

    Cloud Peak Energy, the operator of the Cordero, Antelope and Decker mines in the Powder River Basin, stated they are closely managing overtime and reducing use of contractors while trying to avoid buying new equipment. St. Louis-based Arch Coal announced Tuesday it would further curtail production for the year by idling three draglines by the middle of the year. It’s not yet clear how the decrease in production cut will affect jobs, said Kim Link, spokeswoman for Arch Coal.

    Read article at http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming-coal-mines-cut-production-jobs-due-to-weak-demand/article_fa73046f-6b0c-5f60-8ebb-9e0ce00b0141.html

    Level 3 gets out of the coal-mining business

    November 23, 2011

    Level 3 Communications has announced that it has sold its interest in the Decker Mine and a few other inactive coal mines in southeastern Montana. While Level 3′s primary business is IP telephone services, they came into ownership of the mines because of they originated as a division of Peter Kiewit Sons.

    The buyer of the assets is Ambre Energy Limited, an Australian company that has made news recently with their attempt to open a new coal export terminal in Longview, Washington. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.

    Read article at http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2011/11/23/level-3-gets-out-of-the-coal-mining.html

    Coal producers decry Ridley Terminals decision

    January 24, 2011

    Canadian coal producers are furious at the governments decision to award long-term export privileges to three US coal producers. Last week Ridley Terminals signed export contracts with Arch Coal, Cloud Peak and Enserco, large American coal companies hoping to export coal from their Powder River Basin mines to Asian markets. But Canadian coal companies like Teck Resources, Western Coal and Grande Cache Coal say that the terminal is already overloaded and American exports will block terminal capacity that they for their current and future operations.

    The Canadian companies are especially incensed because Ridley is a Canadian Crown corporation: completely owned by the government. “A federal Crown corporation just chose American jobs over Canadian jobs,” Teck chief executive officer Don Lindsay told a Vancouver mining conference on Monday. “Hundreds of B.C. jobs are on the line.”

    Read article at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/coal-producers-decry-ridley-terminals-decision/article1881479/

    Rio Tinto sells entire stake in Cloud Peak Energy

    December 22, 2010

    Rio Tinto has sold all of its shares in Cloud Peak Energy, generating more than $570M in income. The sale was consistent with Rio Tinto’s policy to sell off non-core assets to pay for the acquisition of Canadian aluminium group Alcan.

    Cloud Peak owns and operates the Antelope, Cordero Rojo and Spring Creek coal mines in the Powder River Basin. They also have a 50% interest in the Decker Mine in the PRB.

    Read article at http://www.miningweekly.com/article/rio-tinto-sells-entire-stake-in-cloud-peak-energy-2010-12-22

  • News