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Freedom Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: The Coteau Properties Company has been the current operator since 8/1/1978

    Year 104(a) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1996 3 278.00 278.00 278.00
    1997 1 50.00 50.00 50.00
    1998 1 55.00 55.00 55.00
    1999 3 165.00 165.00 165.00
    2000 1 55.00 55.00 55.00
    2001 4 165.00 165.00 165.00
    2002 8 440.00 440.00 440.00
    2003 1 60.00 60.00 60.00
    2004 7 800.00 800.00 800.00
    2005 5 300.00 300.00 300.00
    2006 3 406.00 406.00 406.00
    2007 10 6,580.00 6,580.00 6,580.00
    2008 2 200.00 200.00 200.00
    2009 2 1,046.00 1,046.00 1,046.00
    2010 3 308.00 308.00 308.00
    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: The Coteau Properties Company has been the current operator since 8/1/1978

    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 4 0 1 846,400 15,112,270 0.00 0.95 0.0232 2.71
    1996 0 8 0 1 876,845 15,624,702 0.00 1.82 0.0082 2.33
    1997 0 2 0 0 861,818 15,874,590 0.00 0.46 0.0111 2.37
    1998 0 3 0 0 844,725 16,367,511 0.00 0.71 0.0057 2.25
    1999 0 1 0 0 827,400 15,530,172 0.00 0.24 0.0309 2.07
    2000 0 2 0 1 827,337 16,125,847 0.00 0.48 0.0233 2.24
    2001 0 3 0 0 836,056 15,779,220 0.00 0.72 0.0090 2.13
    2002 0 4 0 2 863,990 15,653,071 0.00 0.93 0.0180 2.29
    2003 0 0 0 1 848,025 15,928,841 0.00 0.00 0.0290 1.94
    2004 0 0 0 1 840,488 15,208,281 0.00 0.00 0.0121 1.76
    2005 0 1 0 1 825,812 15,007,352 0.00 0.24 0.0028 1.49
    2006 0 0 0 0 830,307 15,243,391 0.00 0.00 0.0189 1.35
    2007 0 0 0 1 864,548 14,955,989 0.00 0.00 0.0194 1.38
    2008 0 3 0 2 865,471 14,565,631 0.00 0.69 0.0102 1.25
    2009 0 1 0 1 907,161 15,046,737 0.00 0.22 0.0107 1.23
    2010 0 0 0 1 228,145 3,979,118 - - - -
    *   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
    Antelope ValleyBasin Electric Power CoopBasin Electric Power Coop-EastMercer County, ND5730496
    Leland OldsBasin Electric Power CoopBasin Electric Power Coop-EastMercer County, ND3329005
  • Production
  • ND fines mining company for water disposal problem – BusinessWeek

    The North Dakota Public Service Commission has fined the owners of the Freedom Mine $1000 for illegally dumping runoff water outside of its permit area. The dumping occurred in June. $750 of the $1000 fine was for negligence.

    Read more at http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9IDMVIG0.htm

    Central ND coal mine reclamation being abandoned – BusinessWeek

    By DALE WETZEL – BISMARCK, N.D. – September 15, 2010

    A major coal mine land reclamation project in central North Dakota is being abandoned over a dispute about how much a contractor should be paid for doing the earth work, Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer said Wednesday.

    Smith Contracting, of Butte, Mont., bid $1.22 million to reclaim about 150 acres of abandoned mine land in Ward County, about seven miles southwest of Velva, commission filings say. It is part of a larger area, covering about 1,100 acres, that must be reclaimed, commission documents say.

    Read more at http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9I8NEH82.htm

    ND coal-drying plant passes first large-scale test – BusinessWeek

    By JAMES MacPHERSON — BISMARCK, N.D.

    Operators of a coal drying plant in southwestern North Dakota said the new factory has passed its first commercial-scale test using 450 tons of low-grade lignite from New Zealand.

    Robert French, the chief executive officer of GTL Energy USA Ltd., said the plant near South Heart successfully removed 65 percent of the water from the low-quality lignite, allowing it to burn cleaner and produce more than 40 percent additional energy.

    “The technology has been proven at the South Heart plant,” French said of the factory, which was completed in March after about 15 months of construction.

    Read more at http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9GU845O0.htm

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