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Deserado Mine Operator Cited For Workers Death

The operator of the Deserado mine near Rangely has received a citation for a safety violation related to the worker who died at the mine in August. 32-year-old Jason Stevens of Vernal Utah was killed after a trough, a container used to clean coal, fell on him and crushed his body. According to the investigative Continue reading

City Council Supports Permit For New Coal Pit

The Craig City Council signed a letter of support at their meeting last night concerning a proposed air quality permit for the ColoWyo Mine Collom pit. The Moffat County Commissioners are expected to sign a similar letter at their meeting next week. The permit Continue reading

Deaths At Coal Mines Increased In 2017

15 workers died in Coal mines last year according to new data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration. This is an increase over the 9 deaths that occurred in U.S. coal mines in 2016, a record low. 8 miners died in West Virginia, with 3 miner deaths occurring in Kentucky, while one worker died in Colorado, Wyoming, Alabama, Montana and Continue reading

Roll-Over Near Twentymile

A single vehicle roll-over occurred Thursday morning near Twentymile mine, at the intersection of Routt County Roads 27 and 33. The driver of the vehicle lost control due to icy conditions, causing his vehicle to roll. After the Continue reading

Man Dies In Mining Accident

A worker died at the Bridger mine, 25 miles northeast of Rock Springs yesterday, after a slab of coal fell on him. According to Bridger and Rocky Mountain Power officials Jaime Olivas was moving mining equipment around 4 in the afternoon, when the slab came Continue reading

Utah Man Dies In Mining Accident

A worker died in an accident last week at the Deserado mine near Rangely. The man has been identified as 32-year-old Jason Stevens of Vernal, Utah. Stevens, who worked as a surface mechanic at the mine, failed to report back at the end of his shift Wednesday. His body Continue reading

Twentymile Coal Expansion Possible

As part of the Trump Administrations goal to create an all-of-the-above energy policy in the United States, the BLM is currently evaluating a Lease-by-Application for Peabody, at their Twentymile mine near Hayden and are looking for public input. The lease Continue reading

MOCO Supports Royalty Reduction For Twentymile

The Moffat County Commissioners signed a letter at their meeting Tuesday, supporting Peabody’s efforts to seek a royalty rate reduction for the Twentymile coal mine in Routt County. The company is seeking a royalty reduction from 12 to Continue reading

Cutting Torches Cause Grass Fire

A grass fire near the Empire Mine yesterday afternoon was caused by part of the decommissioning process of the mine. Crews are currently using cutting torches to break up the metal infrastructure of the mine. High winds yesterday lead to sparks from the torches igniting a small grass Continue reading

Empire Mine Being Deconstructed

If you have driven between Craig and Hamilton this week you may have noticed the Empire Mine coal tube, which crossed Highway 13, has been removed. According to a representative from Peabody Energy, the tube was removed as part of the decommissioning of the mine. Peabody is Continue reading

New President And GM At Trapper Mine

A new President and General Manager has been hired at Trapper Mine. Michael Morriss will take over for Jim Mattern as the mine’s president and General Manager today. Mattern’s last day with the company is today. Morris has over 30 years of surface coal mining and electric utility experience at various power plants and coal mines in Texas, most recently working as the Director of the Three Oaks Mine in Elgin, Texas. The Board Continue reading

Commissioners Approve ColoWyo’s Collom Pit

The Moffat County Commissioners amended the conditional use permit for the ColoWyo mine at their meeting yesterday, which will allow the company to move forward with developing and mining the Collom pit.  The Collom expansion was approved by the federal Continue reading