Blue Diamond 75 Coal Mine

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm}}Blue Diamond #75 is an underground coal mine in Perry County, KY, owned by James River Coal Company.

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State spent one million for land swap for Blue Diamond

In Feb. 2011, it was reported that the Kentucky State Transportation Cabinet spent more than $1 million from 2006 to 2008 to close and move a 2-mile section of Route 699 at the request of a coal company, Blue Diamond Coal. Investigators with the KY cabinet's inspector general found that Blue Diamond Coal approached cabinet official Jason Blackburn about the deal in 2004. The company wanted a land swap that would allow it to mine the area where the road was located. Blackburn's office presented the idea to then-transportation secretary Bill Nighbert, who approved it. According to the inspector's report, cabinet officials were not authorized to execute the land swap.[1]

Mine Data

  • MSHA ID: 1517478
  • Operator: Blue Diamond Coal Company
  • Controller: James River Coal Company
  • Union:
  • County: Perry
  • State: KY
  • Latitude: 37.08
  • Longitude: -83.14
  • 2007 Production (short tons): 575,275
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mining Method: Underground
  • Mine Status: Active
  • Average No. of Employees: 89

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