Aracoma Alma Mine 1
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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 .
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. In 2011, Alpha Natural Resources acquired Massey Energy and thereby acquiring the ownership of the Aracoma Alma mine.
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.
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.  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.
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.
- MSHA ID: 4608801
- Operator: Aracoma Coal Company Inc
- Controller: Alpha Natural Resources
- 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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