West Elk Mine Thermal Event


The Mountain Coal Company's West Elk Mine is located near Somerset, Colorado. About 300 persons are employed in the multiple seam coal mine. In 1999, 7.3 million tons of coal were mined with two continuous mining development units and a single retreating longwall unit.

Below, please find a chronology of events for the thermal event at Mountain Coal Company's West Elk Mine.

February 8, 2000

As of February 20, 2000

As of February 26, 2000

As of April 2, 2000

Final Update - Posted 05/22/2000