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North Antelope Rochelle Mine

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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Powder River Coal LLC has been the current operator since 5/19/1998

    Year 103(j) 103(k) 104(a) 104(d)(1) 107(a) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1996 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1997 0 1 3 0 0 150.00 150.00 150.00
    1998 0 0 2 0 0 110.00 110.00 110.00
    1999 0 0 1 0 0 55.00 55.00 55.00
    2000 0 0 6 0 0 623.00 623.00 623.00
    2001 0 0 7 0 0 607.00 607.00 607.00
    2002 0 0 5 0 0 1,909.00 1,909.00 1,909.00
    2003 0 0 6 0 0 584.00 584.00 584.00
    2004 0 0 22 0 0 1,634.00 1,634.00 1,634.00
    2005 0 0 31 0 0 4,350.00 4,230.00 4,230.00
    2006 0 1 13 1 0 25,642.00 5,291.00 5,291.00
    2007 0 0 32 0 0 14,577.00 12,652.00 12,652.00
    2008 0 1 27 0 1 7,647.00 6,785.00 6,785.00
    2009 0 1 78 1 1 105,537.00 96,719.00 17,911.00
    2010 2 0 31 0 0 8,409.00 8,409.00 864.00
    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: Powder River Coal LLC has been the current operator since 5/19/1998

    Year Fatal Operator
    NFDL Operator
    Fatal Contractor
    NFDL Contractor
    Operator Hours
    Operator Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Operator NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    1995 0 1 0 0 520,574 26,035,555 0.00 0.38 0.0232 2.71
    1996 0 0 0 1 537,379 26,248,242 0.00 0.00 0.0082 2.33
    1997 0 1 0 4 534,494 24,940,362 0.00 0.37 0.0111 2.37
    1998 0 6 0 3 1,014,992 55,773,888 0.00 1.18 0.0057 2.25
    1999 0 5 0 1 1,235,372 68,865,690 0.00 0.81 0.0309 2.07
    2000 0 8 0 3 1,325,245 70,769,071 0.00 1.21 0.0233 2.24
    2001 0 2 0 10 1,561,722 74,777,460 0.00 0.26 0.0090 2.13
    2002 0 14 0 4 1,623,376 74,792,642 0.00 1.72 0.0180 2.29
    2003 0 0 0 18 1,638,445 80,083,444 0.00 0.00 0.0290 1.94
    2004 0 3 0 10 1,617,030 82,471,922 0.00 0.37 0.0121 1.76
    2005 0 7 0 15 1,632,540 82,688,918 0.00 0.86 0.0028 1.49
    2006 0 7 0 14 1,787,475 88,527,969 0.00 0.78 0.0189 1.35
    2007 0 8 0 14 1,953,177 91,523,280 0.00 0.82 0.0194 1.38
    2008 0 4 0 8 2,140,502 97,578,499 0.00 0.37 0.0102 1.25
    2009 0 11 0 5 2,435,089 98,279,377 0.00 0.90 0.0107 1.23
    2010 0 3 0 3 643,761 26,104,943 - - - -
    *   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
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    2009 Sales to Power Plants

    NameControllerOperatorLocationTons Purchased
    Thomas HillAssociated Electric Coop IncAssociated Electric Coop IncRandolph County, MO4421795
    PowertonEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyTazewell County, IL4407873
    W A ParishNRG EnergyNRG EnergyFort Bend County, TX3691440
    New MadridAssociated Electric Coop IncAssociated Electric Coop IncNew Madrid County, MO3524332
    James H Miller JrSouthern CoAlabama Power CoJefferson County, AL3019996
    Joliet 29Edison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyWill County, IL2438613
    Clifty CreekOhio Valley Electric CorpIndiana-Kentucky Electric CorpJefferson County, IN2428738
    South Oak CreekWisconsin Energy CorpWe EnergiesMilwaukee County, WI2333832
    E D EdwardsAmeren CorpAmerenEnergy ResourcesPeoria County, IL2186415
    Allen Steam PlantTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityShelby County, TN2160908
    CoffeenAmeren CorpAmerenEnergy ResourcesMontgomery County, IL2124199
    RodemacherCleco CorpCleco Power LLCRapides County, LA1667817
    SpringervilleUniSource Energy CorpTucson Electric Power CoApache County, AZ1648041
    Baldwin Energy ComplexDynegy IncDynegy IncRandolph County, IL1527237
    Will CountyEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyWill County, IL1395774
    J H CampbellCMS Energy CorpConsumers Energy CoOttawa County, MI1353574
    MuskogeeOGE Energy CorpOklahoma Gas Electric CoMuskogee County, OK1217837
    Kincaid Generation LLCDominionDominion Energy NUGsChristian County, IL1005601
    W H SammisFirstEnergy CorpFirstEnergy Generation CorpJefferson County, OH977387
    SoonerOGE Energy CorpOklahoma Gas Electric CoNoble County, OK919092
    IndependenceEntergy CorpEntergy Arkansas IncIndependence County, AR858074
    Sherburne CountyXcel Energy IncNorthern States Power CoSherburne County, MN805922
    Black DogXcel Energy IncNorthern States Power CoDakota County, MN797084
    Presque IsleWisconsin Energy CorpWe EnergiesMarquette County, MI651026
    Joliet 9Edison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyWill County, IL649720
    Michigan CityNiSource IncNorthern Indiana Pub Serv CoLa Porte County, IN606863
    GallatinTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthoritySumner County, TN594962
    CrawfordEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyCook County, IL566429
    MeramecAmeren CorpAmerenUESt Louis County, MO485549
    MonroeDTE Energy CorpDetroit Edison CoMonroe County, MI485000
    Fisk StreetEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyCook County, IL425931
    Ray D NixonColorado Springs City ofColorado Springs City ofEl Paso County, CO423248
    Dan E KarnCMS Energy CorpConsumers Energy CoBay County, MI375885
    Duck CreekAmeren CorpAmerenEnergy ResourcesFulton County, IL354248
    J R WhitingCMS Energy CorpConsumers Energy CoMonroe County, MI345812
    R M SchahferNiSource IncNorthern Indiana Pub Serv CoJasper County, IN343344
    WaukeganEdison InternationalEdison Mission EnergyLake County, IL322281
    Joppa SteamElectric Energy IncElectric Energy IncMassac County, IL302583
    Martin DrakeColorado Springs City ofColorado Springs City ofEl Paso County, CO266541
    LimestoneNRG EnergyNRG EnergyLimestone County, TX232309
    AsburyEmpire District Electric CoEmpire District Electric CoJasper County, MO222300
    JohnsonvilleTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityHumphreys County, TN199089
    SiouxAmeren CorpAmerenUESt Charles County, MO190949
    Council BluffsMidAmerican Energy Holdings CoMidAmerican Energy CoPottawattamie County, IA178493
    EastlakeFirstEnergy CorpFirstEnergy Generation CorpLake County, OH173961
    State Line EnergyDominionDominion Energy NUGsLake County, IN164056
    NewtonAmeren CorpAmerenEnergy ResourcesJasper County, IL153135
    PulliamIntegrys Energy Group IncWisconsin Public Service CorpBrown County, WI131380
    ParadiseTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityMuhlenberg County, KY89095
    ShawneeTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityMcCracken County, KY81190
    LabadieAmeren CorpAmerenUEFranklin County, MO80754
    RivertonEmpire District Electric CoEmpire District Electric CoCherokee County, KS75338
    J C WeadockCMS Energy CorpConsumers Energy CoBay County, MI66737
    WestonIntegrys Energy Group IncWisconsin Public Service CorpMarathon County, WI63340
    John P MadgettDairyland Power CoopDairyland Power CoopBuffalo County, WI63032
    Hatfields Ferry Power StationAllegheny Energy IncAllegheny Energy Supply Co LLCGreene County, PA47792
    C R Huntley Generating StationNRG EnergyNRG EnergyErie County, NY41964
    ColbertTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityColbert County, AL40351
    Dunkirk Generating StationNRG EnergyNRG EnergyChautauqua County, NY30289
    MeredosiaAmeren CorpAmerenEnergy ResourcesMorgan County, IL29348
    AshtabulaFirstEnergy CorpFirstEnergy Generation CorpAshtabula County, OH27398
    Big Cajun 2NRG EnergyNRG EnergyPointe Coupee County, LA16406
    White BluffEntergy CorpEntergy Arkansas IncJefferson County, AR15321
    Nebraska CityOmaha Public Power DistrictOmaha Public Power DistrictOtoe County, NE14692
    EdgewaterAlliant Energy CorpWisconsin Power Light CoSheboygan County, WI14561
    QuindaroKansas City City ofKansas City City ofWyandotte County, KS14103
    ColumbiaAlliant Energy CorpWisconsin Power Light CoColumbia County, WI13345
    Fort Martin Power StationAllegheny Energy IncMonongahela Power CoMonongalia County, WV4656
  • Production
  • Coal dust fire at Wyoming mine burns 3 miners

    September 12, 2013

    In less than a month since the death of a miner at Black Thunder Mine in the Powder River Basin, 3 coal miners at the North Antelope Rochelle mine located in the Powder River Basin suffered second- and third-degree burns.

    The miners were burnt at a coal truck crusher dump when hot bearing embers and a weed burner used to heat the bearing race ignited the dust. The mine is owned by Peabody Energy Corporation based out of St. Louis.

    Read article at http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/coal-dust-fire-at-wyoming-mine-burns-miners/article_52300686-746b-531e-8427-f3df489a6f03.html

    Peabody Energy Submits Successful Bid For Ultra Low Sulfur Coal Reserves

    May 21, 2012

    Peabody Energy Corp. announced today the lease of 402 million tons of ultra low sulfur coal reserves in the South Porcupine reserve area in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. The company submitted a successful bid to incorporate the five-square-mile block into its mine plan after the permitting process. Peabody, the world’s biggest private-sector coal company, said Friday that it bid $1.11 per mineable ton for control of the reserve area, which is next to Peabody’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine. Peabody now controls 3.3 billion tons of Southern Powder River Basin coal reserves.

    Last month the company reported that its first-quarter profit slipped on weaker U.S. coal demand for electricity generation because of a mild winter and utilities switching to cheaper natural gas. Peabody is based in St. Louis and has mines in Illinois, Indiana, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico.

    Read full articles at http://www.azomining.com/news.aspx?newsID=6391 and http://finance.yahoo.com/news/peabody-energy-leases-402m-tons-180326103.html

    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

    BLM rejects biggest Wyo. coal bid in 7 years

    February 29, 2012

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Cheyenne, Wyo. offered 400 million tons of Powder River Basin coal for lease on Feb. 29 and rejected the lone bid of $362 million, stating it was below the reserves estimated fair market value. The bid was Wyoming’s largest received bid for coal reserves in the last seven years.

    The bidder, BTU Western Resources, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Peabody Energy Corp was seeking access to the South Porcupine Coal Tract next to Peabody’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine. The winning bids in the last three BLM coal lease sales in Wyoming all have been at least 95 cents per ton. BTU Western Resources’ bid of 90 cents per ton was less than the winning bid of $1.35 per ton at the last Wyoming coal lease sale in December.

    Over the past year, the BLM has sold the right to mine 982 million tons of federal coal in Wyoming for slightly more than $1 billion, which is split evenly between the federal government and the state.

    Read article at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57388125/blm-rejects-biggest-wyo-coal-bid-in-7-years/

    BLM offers 222.7 million tons of Wyoming coal

    October 23, 2011

    The latest coal lease sale to be approved by the Bureau of Land Management is a new parcel of land adjacent to Arch Coal’s Black Thunder Coal Mine, which in 2010 was the country’s highest producing coal mine. The sale of the South Hilight Field Coal Tract, requested by Arch Coal, could expand Black Thunder by more than 200M tons of coal, and is important to the mine because it is between Black Thunder and other federal lands with unleased coal tracts. The lease sale will bring the total leased by the BLM in 2011 to more than 1 billion tons of coal.

    Not to be outdone, Peabody Energy’sNorth Antelope Rochelle Mine, the largest producing mine in 2009, is nearing a lease sale for the North Porcupine and South Porcupine tracts which together total more than 1 billion tons of mineable coal. Under the “Lease by Application” rules, companies suggest to the BLM which parcels of land should be put up for a lease sale. As a result, few coal lease sales attract more than one bidder, and the two this year which did both set record prices.

    Read article at http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_539b8f60-1d0a-5902-8498-4f865204de3d.html


    September 12, 2011

    MSHA has posted the fatalgram for the fatality at Peabody Coal’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine. It briefly updates the state of the investigation into the death of Cody Brown, 29, a contractor from Spearfish, SD.

    COAL MINE FATALITY – On Thursday September 1, 2011, a 29-year-old contract driller with 1 year, 3 months of experience was killed at a surface coal mine. The victim was attempting to separate a pipe connection when he was struck by a tong wrench. The rig was being used to drill a water well. The crew was working to free the drill stem that was stuck in the drill hole when the accident occurred.

    Read Fatalgram at http://www.msha.gov/fatals/2011/FAB11c15.asp

    Spearfish man killed at North Antelope Mine

    September 1, 2011

    A hydrology contract at Peabody Coal’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine became Wyoming’s fourth industrial fatality of the week when he was killed at the mine. Cody Brown, 29, was a contractor from Spearfish, SD working for a well drilling and hydrogeology company. North Antelope Rochelle is the highest production coal mine in the country, and the accident was the first coal mining fatality in the state since a 2008 accident at the Wyodak Mine.

    While the exact cause is still being investigated by several state and federal organizations, it appears that a failure of the cables on the tongs may have contributed to the accident. Wyoming has one of the highest rates of workplace fatalities in the country.

    Read article at http://www.basinsradio.com/basin/local/local-news/community-interest/18680-breaking-coroner-confirms-death-at-north-antelope-mine.html

    Peabody’s North Antelope coal mine sets March loading record

    April 7, 2011

    In March, Peabody’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine shipped more than 10 million tons of coal in 641 trains of coal, approximately 1% of national production. In doing so, North Antelope set a record for the most coal shipped in a month; at the same time it shipped more in a month than the 2009 production of all but 15 mines in the country. It was the third time in the last year the mine set a new monthly record.

    Peabody attributed the record to many different increases in efficiency, but most of all was the different mechanisms for loading the coal onto trains. Crusher output was increase, new loaders were able to load trains from multiple silos at the same time, and side tracks on site can hold up to ten idling trains. “Trains don’t sit on the [mainline] tracks like they used to,” said Andy Cebula, a railroad expert who helped develop a 2006 rail capacity study. “Everything is working really smoothly right now.”

    Read article at http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/Coal/8761593

    Peabody planning Asian coal shipments through Washington

    March 2, 2011

    Peabody Energy Company has signed a Asian coal-export deal with Carrix, the largest US container terminal operator, to ship up to 24M tons of coal annually through a new container terminal planned 20 miles south of the Canadian border. The move matches export the agreement between Arch Coal and Millennium Bulk Terminals to export through a proposed terminal in Longview, WA and expands a previous agreement for Peabody to export its coal through British Columbia .

    Both Peabody/Carrix and the earlier Arch/Longview agreements represent a significant expansion of coal export. Previous export routes either went through British Columbia, which has limited export capacity, or the Gulf of Mexico, which is a much longer route to the expanding Asian markets.

    Read article at http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/article_45e1b38e-44ef-5cf9-bea9-2f05b3c1fe04.html

    Arch, Peabody seek coal exporting deals to Asia

    December 27, 2010

    With China tripling its consumption of electricity by 2035, the great majority of that electricity coming from coal, and internal production problems, major mining companies in the Powder River Basin are chomping at the bit to start selling their product to Asia. But the logistics of moving coal 10000 miles are not simple and will require an expansion of ports on the West coast, as well as some relief for overloaded railroads in western US. Environmentalists, concerned that selling to China will make an end-run around domestic environmental regulations, are promising to block such expansion.

    Read article at http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/article_c721c19d-55a6-5fe6-9d83-606f1926a67c.html

  • News
  • South Porcupine Coal Lease Application, EIS and ROD

    Environmental Impact Statement for the South Porcupine Coal Lease Application, and Record of Decision, WYW176095, August 2011

    Main Body
    Appendix 1 – Figures
    Appendix 2 – BLM Special Coal Lease Stipulations
    Appendix 3 – US Fish and Wildlife Service Concurrence Letter
    Appendix 4 – Appeal Procedures

    North Porcupine Coal Lease Application, EIS and ROD

    Environmental Impact Statement for the North Porcupine Coal Lease Application, and Record of Decision, WYW173408


    Horse Creek Coal Lease Application – Final Environmental Impact Statement – DOI 2000

    May 2000, Casper Field Office, Bureau of Land Management (Federal Coal lease Application WYW141435)


    Wright Area Coal Lease – Supplemental Information – 2009

    Supplementary Information for a number of different expansion projects around the southern Powder River Basin. WYW164812 (North Hilight Field), WYW174596 (South Hilight Field), WYW172388 (West Hilight Field), WYW172685 (West Jacobs Ranch), WYW173408 (North Porcupine) and WYW176095 (South Porcupine).


    Powder River and Thundercloud – Final Environmental Impact Statement – 1998

    Final EIS for the Powder River Coal Lease (WYW136142 – 4020 acres, 515Mtons coal, adjacent to the North Antelope and Rochelle Mines) and the Thundercloud Coal Lease (WYW136458 – 3400 acres, 427Mtons coal, adjacent to Jacobs Ranch).

    Wright Area Coal Lease – Draft Environmental Impact Statement – Vol 1 and 2 of 2 – 2009

    Draft EIS for a number of different expansion projects around the southern Powder River Basin. WYW164812 (North Hilight Field), WYW174596 (South Hilight Field), WYW172388 (West Hilight Field), WYW172685 (West Jacobs Ranch), WYW173408 (North Porcupine) and WYW176095 (South Porcupine).


    Gold Mine Draw, Alluvial Valley Floor – Environmental Assessment – 2006

    A lease exchange initiated by the Caballo Coal Company involving a potential exchange of lands between North Antelope Rochelle Mine, the Rawhide Mine, and, the Caballo Mine. WY-070-EA06-139.


    Final Environmental Impact Statement – South Powder River Basin Coal – 2003

    Final Environmental Impact Statement for the North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Black Thunder Mine, Antelope Mine and the North Rochelle Mine.

    Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Wright Area Coal Lease Applications Vol 2 – 2010

    Final EIS for a number of different expansion projects around the southern Powder River Basin. Volume 2 of 2.

    Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Wright Area Coal Lease Applications Vol 1 – 2010

    Final EIS for a number of different expansion projects around the southern Powder River Basin. Volume 1 of 2.

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