Mach No. 1 Mine

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Mach No. 1 Mine is an underground mine near Johnston City, Illinois, owned by Mach Mining, LLC, a subsidiary of Colt Coal. The mine began production in 2005.

In February 2006 the roof of the mine collapsed, and operations were halted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration until the mine was "deemed safe to re-enter" by inspectors.[1] In March 2006 the Secretary of Labor issued citations asserting Mach Mining violated mandatory safety standards, which the company contested, and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission dismissed two citations but upheld one.[2]

As of November 2009 the mine is awaiting approval of its submitted ventilation and roof-control plan to resume full operations.[3]

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Mine Data

  • Owner: Mach Mining, LLC
  • Parent company: Colt Coal
  • Location: 18000 DEAN RD, JOHNSTON CITY, IL, 62951[4]
  • GPS coordinates:37.848358, -88.837166[5]
  • Production: 5,503,665 tons (2008)
  • Type of coal: Bituminous
  • Mine type: Underground
  • Equipment:
  • Number of employees: 165

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External Links

EIA Major U.S. Coal Mines: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/coal/page/acr/table9.html

The Illinois Coal Industry Statutory Mandated Report 2008 an industry report containing information on Illinois mines.

References

  1. "MSHA won't allow Mach Mine to reopen until safe" The Southern.com, September 13, 2007
  2. "Mach Mining v. Secretary of Labor" Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Website, decided on October 29, 2007
  3. "Southern Ill. coal mine subject of hearing" Chicago Tribune, November 4, 2009
  4. Ed: best guess according to EPA facility registrationEPA facility registration for what is assumed to be the mine's prior or alternate name: Pond Creek Mine
  5. Ed: best guess according to EPA facility registrationEPA facility registration for what is assumed to be the mine's prior or alternate name: Pond Creek Mine