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Air Quality Mine

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Air Quality Mine is based near Monroe City, Indiana, and is a Peabody Energy operation. The mine sold 1.9 million tons of coal in 2008 to electricity generating and industrial customers in Indiana and Illinois. The underground mine has approximately 57 million tons of reserves in its Indiana and Springfield seams, and 1.2 million tons were mined in 2011.[1]

In September 2012, Peabody said it had stopped production at the Air Quality Mine, and will permanently close the mine based on "soft market conditions that make operations uneconomic," including low natural gas prices along with softening prices for steel-making coal due to the economic downturn.[2]

Mine details

The mine began production in 1993 after construction of a slope entry and preparation plant near Wheatland. Current mining is conducted by five high-performance production units. The raw coal is conveyed via a 19-mile underground conveyor system to the preparation plants for crushing and processing. The Wheatland plant has a feed rate of 850 tons per hour and the South has a feed rate of 550 tons per hour.[3]

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Mine Data

  • Owner: Black Beauty Coal Company
  • Parent company: Peabody Energy
  • Location: 3609 S Hart Street Rd, Vincennes, IN
  • GPS coordinates: 38.627759,-87.44688
  • Production: 1.9 million tons (2008)
  • Type of coal: Steam
  • Mine type: Underground
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees: 370
  • Recoverable Reserves: 57 million tons

Contact Information

Black Beauty Coal Company
7100 Eagle Crest Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47715
Phone: 812-434-8500

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References

  1. Anna Prior, "Peabody Energy to close Indiana mine," MarketWatch, Sept. 5, 2012.
  2. Anna Prior, "Peabody Energy to close Indiana mine," MarketWatch, Sept. 5, 2012.
  3. "Air Quality Mine" Peabody Energy Website, October 2009