Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1972
Year 1972, Volume 2 (1972)
Brown, Brinton C.
Indiana, pp. 245-267 ff. PDF (2.4 MB)
Table 10.—Indiana: Bituminous coal production by type of mine and county (Excludes mines producing less than 1,000 short tons annually) County Number Underground of mines Strip Production (thousand short tons) Value (thousands) Under- ground Strip Total Clay Fountain ~_ ~ 6 1 -~ - - 1,290 23 1,290 23 $8,133 W Gibson 1 - - 950 - - 950 W Greene Parke 4 1 2,728 5 2,728 5 15,280 W Pike Spencer Sullivan Vermillion Vigo Warrick Undistributed 1 ~ 1 I ~ - - 11 3 2 1 - - 7 - - 104 - - 306 85 - - 5,880 234 3,198 2,253 8,893 - - 5,984 234 3,504 2,253 85 8,893 - - 34,651 941 W W W 46,707 38,977 4 36 1,445 24,504 25,949 ' 144,688 Total____________________ W Withheld to avoid disclosing individual company confidential data; included with "Undistributed." 1 Data does not add to total shown because of independent rounding. 258 MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 Strip mine excavating equipment in operation during the year included 56 power shovels, 41 draglines, 38 frontend loaders, and 20 scrapers. The bucket capacities of the 97 power shovels and dragline excava~ tors were as follows: 12 exceeding 50 cubic yards; 12 ' between 16 and 50 cubic yards; 28 between 6 and 15 cubic yards; and 45 less than 6 cubic yards. Shovels and draglines were powered, as follows: 51 electric; 41 diesel; three diesel electric; and two gasoline. The world's second largest dragline was in operation in Indiana, removing overburden. Standing 14 stories high the machine has a bucket capacity of 145 cubic yards, or 215 tons of material. The 30 electric motors have a combined rating of 18,000 horsepower. All underground coal was mechanically loaded. About 76% of Indiana's coal production was transported by rail or water, 15% by truck, and 9% conveyed to minemouth electric power generating plants. About 12% of ' the coal was shipped by unit trains. During the year, 15 coal preparation plants were active. Indiana coal consumption was 46,618,000 tons, of which 44% came from mines in the State; 24%, from West Virginia and Virginia; 14%, from western Kentucky; 13%, from Illinois; and the remainder from Pennsylvania, Montana, and Wyoming. Electric utilities used 56% of the coal consumed in ' the State; coke and gas plants used 30%; and the remainder was consumed for other uses. Despite the necessity to purchase coal mined in other States to meet demand, 21% of Indiana's coal pro- duction was shipped to customers in the following States: Wisconsin, 5%; Georgia and Florida, 5%; Kentucky and Michigan, 3% each; and the remainder to Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Iowa, and Tennessee. Six new strip mines commenced operation in 1972: JH&L Strip in Green County; Salem Strip and Williams Bros., both in Pike County; Walker & Sons Strip and 3-States Coal Co., both in Spencer County; and W&S Coal Co. in Warrick County. Brown Coal and Clay Co. changed ownership in January and is now known as E&E Coal and Clay Co. Blanton Strip moved its operation from Greene County to Clay County and is now known as B&W Strip. Ten strip mines were abandoned during the year: Dierdorf Coal Co. in Clay County; Harris ' Mining Co. and Al Lohr Coal Co., both in Greene County; Burcham Strip in Owen County; Thornberry Construction Co. on July 18 in Pike County; Prechtel and Vaal No. 1 on January 1 and Hasenour and Sternburg, both in Spencer County; River Coal Co. in Vermillion County; and Embry Coal Co. on February 18 and W and S on May 30 in Warrick County. Hoosierville in Clay County and Chapman No. 1 in Warrick County were abandoned in 1971 but not reported that year. AMAX Coal Co. is developing the Ayrshire strip mine in Warrick County, scheduled for operation in late 1973 with an annual production capacity of 2.5 million tons. Thirty coal mines in eight counties were closed down for 2 days in August when
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