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West Elk Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Mountain Coal Company, L.L.C. has been the current operator since 3/23/1998

    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 4 266 1 0 0 0 2 0 25,286.00 25,286.00 25,286.00
    2001 4 312 1 0 0 0 9 1 60,892.00 46,715.00 46,715.00
    2002 10 258 0 0 0 0 2 0 34,088.00 27,684.00 27,684.00
    2003 9 322 0 1 1 0 6 1 109,597.00 80,366.00 80,366.00
    2004 3 280 0 1 0 1 1 0 44,120.00 40,608.00 40,608.00
    2005 8 313 0 0 0 0 2 1 49,016.00 49,016.00 48,053.00
    2006 1 248 0 1 2 0 1 0 98,554.00 98,554.00 98,554.00
    2007 0 318 0 1 0 0 1 1 351,321.00 245,068.00 223,748.00
    2008 2 382 0 0 0 0 4 0 679,272.00 477,009.00 335,268.00
    2009 4 274 0 1 0 0 8 0 464,417.00 385,495.00 148,849.00
    2010 0 250 0 1 0 0 3 1 364,484.00 364,484.00 77,842.00
    2011 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 583.00 583.00 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: Mountain Coal Company, L.L.C. has been the current operator since 3/23/1998

    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 7 0 3 652,040 3,351,137 0.00 2.15 0.0455 8.30
    2001 0 2 0 2 686,811 5,022,172 0.00 0.58 0.0756 7.13
    2002 0 6 0 4 686,760 6,556,211 0.00 1.75 0.0366 7.14
    2003 0 2 0 7 703,073 6,490,688 0.00 0.57 0.0340 6.27
    2004 0 5 0 0 735,516 6,493,363 0.00 1.36 0.0368 5.60
    2005 0 1 0 2 800,414 5,576,731 0.00 0.25 0.0336 5.11
    2006 0 9 0 5 851,406 6,011,620 0.00 2.11 0.0721 4.79
    2007 0 4 0 4 882,477 6,874,101 0.00 0.91 0.0423 4.74
    2008 0 12 0 4 921,864 5,858,789 0.00 2.60 0.0213 4.25
    2009 0 3 0 2 872,256 4,475,344 0.00 0.69 0.0117 4.04
    2010 0 4 0 4 771,904 4,793,507 0.00 1.03 0.0974 3.75
    2011 0 1 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


  • 2009 Sales to Power Plants

    NameControllerOperatorLocationTons Purchased
    ShawneeTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityMcCracken County, KY732550
    JohnsonvilleTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityHumphreys County, TN398435
    Reid GardnerSierra Pacific ResourcesNevada Power CoClark County, NV300317
    CherokeeXcel Energy IncPublic Service Co of ColoradoAdams County, CO233821
    ColbertTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityColbert County, AL221590
    Allen Steam PlantTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityShelby County, TN78993
    Martin DrakeColorado Springs City ofColorado Springs City ofEl Paso County, CO49104
    ValmontXcel Energy IncPublic Service Co of ColoradoBoulder County, CO36623
    GallatinTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthoritySumner County, TN36484
    Widows CreekTennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley AuthorityJackson County, AL24547
  • Production
  • Colorado coal mine OK blasted as roadless rule reversal by Obama administration

    November 9, 2011

    The US Forest Service has approved a 1700 extension in the mining permit of Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine near Paonia, Colorado. But while Arch Coal touted the decision as good for its job-saving potential, environmental groups decried the decision as flying in the face of the 10th Circuit Court’s decision to uphold the Roadless Rule. As a result of the expanded mining, Arch will have to build 48 well pads and 6.5 miles of roads to handle the venting of methane from the mine, all within the Sunset Trail roadless area adjacent to the West Elk Wilderness Area in Colorado’s Western Slope.

    “The public loses a fantastic wild area, loses millions in potential royalties from methane that is wasted instead of captured, and loses due to the massive pollution the mine causes. It’s time the Forest Service stood up to Big Coal and said no to this kind of damaging expansion” said Jeremy Nichols from the environmental organization Wild Earth Guardians.

    Read article at http://coloradoindependent.com/105553/colorado-coal-mine-ok-blasted-as-roadless-rule-reversal-by-obama-administration

    Former Wyoming governor joins Arch Coal board

    February 23, 2011

    Dave Freudenthal, former governor of Wyoming, has been named to the board of Arch Coal. Arch mined 160M tons of coal last year, much of it in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin and Green River regions. Freudenthal served two terms as governor and was very popular in the state, in spite being a Democrat in a strongly Republican state.

    Read article at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-23/former-wyoming-governor-joins-arch-coal-board.html

    10-Q: ARCH COAL INC – MarketWatch

                                                                                                           Increase (Decrease)
                                                           Three Months Ended June 30                         in Net Income
                                                           2010                     2009                  Amount                %
                                                               (Amounts in thousands, except per ton data and percentages)
    Coal sales                                       $       764,295            $   554,612           $     209,683            37.8 %
    Tons sold                                                 38,340                 27,658                  10,682            38.6 %
    Coal sales realization per ton sold              $         19.93            $     20.05           $       (0.12 )          (0.6 )%
    

    Read full 10-Q at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-q-arch-coal-inc-2010-08-06

    Lawmakers urge road access in forest to vent methane from mine

    By Bruce Finley
    The Denver Post
    April 18, 2010

    Colorado lawmakers on Friday weighed into the Obama administration’s deliberations over a proposal submitted by Gov. Bill Ritter for managing national forest roadless areas in the state.
    A bipartisan group of 15 state legislators asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to grant the U.S. Forest Service authority to allow temporary roads in a roadless area in western Colorado for the purpose of venting gas from a coal mine.
    Read more…

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