Peerless Rachel Mine

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Peerless Rachel Mine is an underground mine near Comfort, Boone county, VW.[1]


The map below shows the approximate location of the mine.

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On December 9, 2010, Newton Energy Inc. was issued a permit to operate the Peerless Rachel Mine.[1] The operating firm was then changed to Emerald Processing in 2014, and Kanawha Eagle Mining in 2015.[2] All three firms were subsidiaries of Patriot Coal Company.[3] When Patriot Coal filed for bankruptcy for the second time in 2015, Blackhawk Mining acquired Kanawha Eagle at the bankruptcy auction alongside the Peerless Rachel Mine.[4] In turn, the Czech company Sev.en Energy acquired Blackhawk Mining in 2020, putting the Peerless Rachel Mine under their control.[5]

In 2014, two miners died as the result of a roof collapse at the mine. Peerless Rachel was cited for a pattern of safety violations and unreported injuries the year before. [6]

In 2020, the mine employed 109 workers and produced 0.7 million tons. [2]

Mine Details

  • MSHA id: 4609258
  • Operator: Kanawha Eagle Mining, LLC
  • Owner: Sev.en Energy AG
  • Location: Boone, WEST VIRGINIA
  • Coordinates: 38.128743, -81.615200(Approximate)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 713,896 tonnes (2020)
  • Total Reserves:
  • Number of Employees: 109
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mine Type: Underground
  • Start Year: 2010

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 (March 13, 2013) Report of Investigation Underground Coal Mine Facility (Roof Fall Accident) . Mine Safety and Health Adminstiration. Report.
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. department of labor, MSHA, Mine Data Retrieval System, accessed June 6 2021
  3. (2013) Notice And Motion Of The Debtors And The Official Committee Of Unsecured Creditors For Leave To Conduct Discovery Of Arclight Capital Partners, Llc Pursuant To Rule 2004 . United States Bankruptcy Courteastern District Of Missourieastern Division. Report.
  4. Brickley, Peg (September 22, 2015). "Blackhawk Mining Wins Patriot Coal Bankruptcy Auction". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  5. Brickley, Peg (June 1, 2020). "Sev.en Energy acquires Blackhawk Mining to significantly strengthen its presence in US metallurgical coal mining". Sev.en Energy. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  6. Spencer, Naomi (May 14, 2014). "Two West Virginia coal miners killed in roof collapse". World Socialist Web Site. Retrieved June 11, 2021.

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