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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)


Page 258

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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