Aracoma Alma Mine 1

From Global Energy Monitor

Aracoma Alma Mine #1 is an underground coal mining operation in Logan County, West Virginia, operated by Aracoma Coal Company and owned by Alpha Natural Resources .

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Background

Production at the mine began on October 1, 1999. The mine was established and owned by Massey Energy, and operated through its subsidiary the Aracoma Coal Company.[1] In 2011, Alpha Natural Resources acquired Massey Energy and thereby acquiring the ownership of the Aracoma Alma mine.[2]

In 2020, the mine had 131 employees and produced 0,7 million tons. On 11th of March 2021, the mine's status was updated as non-producing active, although the cause is uncertain.[3]

Aracoma Alma Mine accident

In January 19 2006, there was a fire in the coal mine that led to the deaths of two miners; Ellery Hatfield, 47 and Don Bragg, 33. Additionally, Seven miners were injured. The families of Hatfield and Bragg and the injured miners filed a lawsuit against Massey.[4] [5] The lawsuit was finalized in 2009 when Aracoma pleaded guilty to 10 criminal charges and was fined $2.5 million. The plea deal included a clause that prevented Massey and its officials from being prosecuted.[6]

Mine Safety and Health Administration filed a lawsuit in June 2006 against Aracoma Coal Company for refusal to cooperate with the inquiry into the accident.[7]

Mine Data

  • MSHA ID: 4608801
  • Operator: Aracoma Coal Company Inc
  • Controller: Alpha Natural Resources
  • Union:
  • County: Logan
  • State: WV
  • Latitude: 37.82
  • Longitude: -81.9
  • Production (short tons): 713,920 (2020)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mining Method: Underground
  • Mine Status: Operating
  • Average No. of Employees: 131 (2020)

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References

  1. (2007) Report of Investigation Fatal Underground Coal Mine Fire . Mine Safety and Health Adminstiration, 2. Report.
  2. Pace, Fred (June 8, 2011). "It's official: Massey is now Alpha". Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  3. U.S. department of labor, MSHA, Mine Data Retrieval System, accessed June 6 2021
  4. "Miners injured at Aracoma seek damages," West Virginia Record, July 17, 2007.
  5. "Coal mine fire suit settled," West Virginia Record, November 17, 2008.
  6. "Massey subsidiary fined $2.5M for fatal mine fire," Associated Press, April 15, 2009.
  7. Torres, Katherine (June 19, 2006). "MSHA Sues Aracoma Coal for Alleged Refusal to Cooperate with Inquiry". EHS Today.

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