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Oak Grove Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Oak Grove Resources LLC has been the current operator since 7/1/2003

    Year 103(k) 104(a) 104(b) 104(d)(1) 104(d)(2) 104(g)(1) 107(a) 314(b) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    2000 0 218 0 0 0 0 0 0 21,081.00 20,720.00 20,720.00
    2001 3 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 12,392.00 12,392.00 12,392.00
    2002 2 276 0 0 0 0 1 1 30,241.00 30,241.00 30,241.00
    2003 3 462 1 8 0 1 0 2 86,062.00 82,837.00 82,837.00
    2004 1 744 5 0 37 3 0 2 685,663.00 616,941.68 603,689.88
    2005 5 735 2 0 29 0 1 1 568,936.00 480,517.41 467,517.41
    2006 2 771 5 0 30 3 4 0 886,367.00 719,039.73 682,584.51
    2007 1 638 1 0 35 2 1 0 1,483,289.00 1,236,132.64 471,204.64
    2008 6 588 0 0 27 3 2 3 1,564,092.00 1,489,075.00 260,749.00
    2009 6 502 1 0 15 2 0 2 782,656.00 721,625.00 91,041.00
    2010 7 486 5 0 24 4 2 0 886,838.00 886,838.00 28,423.03
    2011 0 30 0 0 3 1 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: Oak Grove Resources LLC has been the current operator since 7/1/2003

    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**
    2000 0 24 0 0 786,844 2,097,611 0.00 6.10 0.0455 8.30
    2001 0 23 0 0 643,173 1,838,437 0.00 7.15 0.0756 7.13
    2002 0 28 0 0 748,182 1,942,153 0.00 7.48 0.0366 7.14
    2003 0 20 0 0 710,857 1,730,395 0.00 5.63 0.0340 6.27
    2004 0 15 0 1 667,453 1,501,988 0.00 4.49 0.0368 5.60
    2005 0 19 0 0 797,770 1,716,299 0.00 4.76 0.0336 5.11
    2006 0 14 0 0 747,681 1,415,173 0.00 3.74 0.0721 4.79
    2007 0 18 0 0 716,397 1,035,232 0.00 5.03 0.0423 4.74
    2008 1 33 0 2 991,785 985,062 0.20 6.65 0.0213 4.25
    2009 0 18 0 4 698,526 871,239 0.00 5.15 0.0117 4.04
    2010 0 20 0 0 907,127 925,504 0.00 4.87 0.0974 3.75
    2011 0 2 0 0 0 0 - - - -
    *   Hours worked and accidents & injuries now include office hours or accidents (subunit 99).
    ** Current rates are based on data available as of 2010 Quarter 3. For a further explanation, please see this.
  • MSHA Data
  • Production

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    MSHA announces results of April impact inspections

    May 31, 2011

    The results of the April 2011 MSHA “impact” inspections have been announced, resulting in a total of 161 citations and orders being issued against eight different coal mining operations. All cited mines were in the eastern region of the US, including Shoemaker and Randolph in West Virginia, the No. 2 and #68 mines in Kentucky, as well as one mine in each of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama.

    Among the worst offenders in the sweep were the Vision Coal’s No. 2 mine, which received 37 citations and orders that documented (among other things) that Vision wasn’t properly drilling bore holes to test for methane, and that it was creating a risk of a collapse by not following its ceiling reinforcement plan. Inman Energy’s Randolph mine received 25 citations, 21 of which were the most serious “S&S” citations indicating an immediate danger to the mining crew. The impact inspections grew out of an increased enforcement push by MSHA after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine. Impact inspections target mines that have a history of violations.

    Read article at http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/2011/05/31/msha-announces-results-of-latest-inspection-sweeps/ and http://www.wfpl.org/2011/06/01/two-kentucky-mines-cited-in-msha-inspections/. Read MSHA press release at http://www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2011/NR110531.asp See the list of inspected mines at http://coaldiver.org/documents/master-inspection-list-targeted-enforcement-msha-april-2011

    Cliffs Gets Back To Mining At Oak Grove In Alabama Tornado Aftermath

    May 18, 2011

    The Oak Grove Mine in Jefferson County, AL is operational once again. The mine was struck by a tornado that ravaged the area on April 28 and damaged much of the mine’s above-ground operations including its preparation plant and conveyor system. Nobody at the mine was injured by the storm. At this time those above-ground systems are still being assessed, so the mine is just moving the raw coal to the surface but not shipping it.

    Oak Grove produces metallurgical (met) coal, and had planned significant capital investment to expand its production. The mine was completely closed for two weeks, though obviously without its processing systems, it’s unclear when the mine will resume actual coal sales.

    Read article at http://blogs.forbes.com/greatspeculations/2011/05/18/cliffs-gets-back-to-mining-at-oak-grove-in-alabama-tornado-aftermath/ and a more detailed analysis of the mine’s status at http://www.trefis.com/articles/56452/can-cliffs-north-american-coal-operations-weather-the-storm/2011-05-04

    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
  • MSHA announces results of April impact inspections

    May 31, 2011

    The results of the April 2011 MSHA “impact” inspections have been announced, resulting in a total of 161 citations and orders being issued against eight different coal mining operations. All cited mines were in the eastern region of the US, including Shoemaker and Randolph in West Virginia, the No. 2 and #68 mines in Kentucky, as well as one mine in each of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama.

    Among the worst offenders in the sweep were the Vision Coal’s No. 2 mine, which received 37 citations and orders that documented (among other things) that Vision wasn’t properly drilling bore holes to test for methane, and that it was creating a risk of a collapse by not following its ceiling reinforcement plan. Inman Energy’s Randolph mine received 25 citations, 21 of which were the most serious “S&S” citations indicating an immediate danger to the mining crew. The impact inspections grew out of an increased enforcement push by MSHA after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine. Impact inspections target mines that have a history of violations.

    Read article at http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/2011/05/31/msha-announces-results-of-latest-inspection-sweeps/ and http://www.wfpl.org/2011/06/01/two-kentucky-mines-cited-in-msha-inspections/. Read MSHA press release at http://www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2011/NR110531.asp See the list of inspected mines at http://coaldiver.org/documents/master-inspection-list-targeted-enforcement-msha-april-2011

    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