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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Ohio County Coal Company LLC has been the current operator since 1/17/2007

    Year 103(j) 103(k) 104(a) 104(b) 104(d)(1) 104(d)(2) 107(a) 314(b) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 0 0 141 1 2 0 1 1 14,151.00 14,151.00 14,151.00
    1996 0 0 135 1 0 0 1 1 77,149.00 61,190.00 61,190.00
    1997 0 0 92 0 0 0 0 0 14,211.00 13,830.00 13,830.00
    1998 0 1 49 0 0 0 0 0 5,304.00 4,854.00 4,854.00
    1999 0 0 45 0 0 0 0 0 4,629.00 4,014.00 4,014.00
    2000 0 2 74 0 2 0 0 1 7,034.00 7,034.00 7,034.00
    2001 0 1 145 0 0 0 0 0 11,568.00 10,368.00 10,368.00
    2002 0 0 62 1 0 0 0 4 5,363.00 5,363.00 5,363.00
    2003 0 0 77 0 0 0 0 1 16,491.00 15,833.00 15,833.00
    2004 0 2 241 0 0 0 0 1 38,327.00 35,429.00 35,429.00
    2005 0 0 208 0 0 0 0 1 33,574.00 31,125.00 31,125.00
    2006 0 0 477 1 1 1 0 0 225,081.00 159,952.00 139,158.00
    2007 0 2 285 0 1 0 1 1 160,142.00 119,130.00 119,130.00
    2008 0 6 245 0 0 0 0 0 174,867.00 153,167.00 67,026.00
    2009 0 1 248 0 2 0 1 0 312,694.00 312,694.00 35,742.00
    2010 1 1 120 0 0 0 0 1 47,076.00 47,076.00 5,782.00
    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: Ohio County Coal Company LLC has been the current operator since 1/17/2007

    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 0 0 0 213,878 890,616 0.00 0.00 0.0464 10.01
    1996 0 2 0 0 202,800 903,743 0.00 1.97 0.0607 8.54
    1997 0 11 0 0 202,955 799,989 0.00 10.84 0.0434 8.34
    1998 0 8 0 0 125,066 530,638 0.00 12.79 0.0449 8.88
    1999 0 4 0 0 132,250 690,536 0.00 6.05 0.0369 8.19
    2000 0 6 0 0 139,163 746,826 0.00 8.62 0.0454 8.29
    2001 0 20 0 0 250,370 1,266,875 0.00 15.98 0.0756 7.13
    2002 0 22 0 0 298,519 1,461,652 0.00 14.74 0.0366 7.13
    2003 0 16 0 0 307,843 1,558,384 0.00 10.39 0.0340 6.27
    2004 0 8 0 0 332,910 1,527,207 0.00 4.81 0.0368 5.60
    2005 0 10 0 0 346,346 1,559,059 0.00 5.77 0.0336 5.11
    2006 0 11 0 0 387,678 1,313,777 0.00 5.67 0.0721 4.79
    2007 0 4 0 0 386,263 1,357,111 0.00 2.07 0.0423 4.75
    2008 0 6 0 0 403,538 1,462,402 0.00 2.97 0.0213 4.26
    2009 0 3 0 0 425,561 1,264,981 0.00 1.41 0.0117 4.04
    2010 0 3 0 0 111,290 295,900 - - - -
    *   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
    Kenneth C ColemanE.ON AG (Germany)Western Kentucky Energy CorpHancock County, KY532657
    R D GreenE.ON AG (Germany)Western Kentucky Energy CorpWebster County, KY120767
    Miami FortDuke EnergyDuke Ohio IncHamilton County, OH31931
  • Production
  • Patriot Coal’s loss widens on weak demand, mine closure

    May 8, 2012

    After the closure of the Big Mountain mining complex in West Virginia, announcing the closure of its Freedom Mine and racking $61 million in expenses and restructuring charges, Patriot Coal Corp. saw its first-quarter losses grow as coal demand continues to decline in the U.S. The company lost $75.3 million or 82 cents a share in the quarter.

    A year ago, its loss was $15.9 million, or 17 cents a share. The company has responded by idling or closing mines while laying off 1,000 people since the start of 2012.

    Patriot recorded $17.5 million in asset retirement expenses related to the closure of the Big Mountain mining complex in Boone County, W.V.
    The company also said it was restating financial results from the past two years following a Securities and Exchange Commission review of its accounting for water treatment facilities at two mining complexes.

    Read article at http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/patriot-coal-s-loss-widens-on-weak-demand-mine-closure/article_6c2cedaa-9916-11e1-91bd-0019bb30f31a.html

    Patriot to close Kentucky mine

    April 20, 2012

    Patriot Coal Corp. will shut down its Freedom underground coal mine in Henderson, Ky. this summer due to continued weak market demand, according to a company statement released Friday, April 20.

    The closure is expected to result in around 200 total layoffs.

    St. Louis-based Patriot said that demand for thermal coal remains weak after the mild winter cut heating needs, and some utilities shifted to cheap natural gas to produce electricity. Natural gas prices are at 10-year lows.

    Patriot also idled three smaller central Appalachian thermal coal mines this quarter and its Big Mountain mining complex in Boone County, W. Va earlier this year.

    Read article at http://www.courierpress.com/news/2012/apr/20/no-headline—ev_coalmine/

    MSHA Press Release: 550 violations cited in latest ‘impact inspections’

    The Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that as a result of their “special impact” inspections, initiated in the wake of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, resulted in a total of 341 violations in their inspection of 15 coal mines. The rest of the violations occurred in 15 metal/non-metal mines.

    Mines were targeted based on their history of prior violations. Included were the Advantage Number 1 mine in Kentucky, which was issued 51 violations. Another was the Straight Creek #1 Mine (also in Kentucky), which was issued 39 violations. A later, regularly-scheduled inspection on October 14 found that many of the conditions had not changed, and the mine was closed until the problems were corrected.

    The full list of coal mines cited is

    Read more at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/MSHA/MSHA20101464.htm

  • News
  • Master Inspection List, Targeted Enforcement, Sept 2010

    A list of the mines inspected and citations issued in the September 2010 push by MSHA to reinspect mines with a pattern of violations.
    http://coaldiver.org/documents/master-inspection-list-targeted-enforcement-sept-2010

  • Documents