Surface coal mining in Alaska

an investigation of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 in relation to Alaskan conditions : a report by National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Alaskan Coal Mining and Reclamation.

Publisher: National Academy Press in Washington, D.C

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  • Coal mines and mining -- Alaska.,
  • Strip mining -- Alaska.,
  • Reclamation of land -- Alaska.

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Statementprepared by the Committee on Alaskan Coal Mining and Reclamation, Board on Mineral and Energy Resources, Commission on Natural Resources, National Research Council, National Academey of Sciences.
LC ClassificationsTN805.A7 N37 1980
The Physical Object
Paginationxxxx, 328 p. :
Number of Pages328
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Open LibraryOL3804296M
LC Control Number81109303

Usibelli Coal Mine Inc, the only currently active coal company in Alaska, produced million metric tons of coal in , and has estimated its reserves at million metric tons. The coal at both Usibelli and the proposed Chuitna mine is low-grade subbituminous coal that is low in sulfur, like much of Alaska's coal. Alaska possesses vast amounts of coal, probably a major portion of the world's remaining coal a result, the choices that are made in Alaska regarding coal development will have a major local and global impact. Even though small-scale mining began here in the 's, coal mining has never taken off in Alaska. Usibelli Coal Mine has been the only active coal mine . Surface Coal Mining. The primary methods of surface coal mining used in Pennsylvania are: Strip Mining: Layers of soil and rock overburden are removed the coal exposed coal seam is area is then backfilled, regraded, and replanted during the reclamation process. Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia. Mining operations are regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA), including discharges of pollutants to streams from valley fills (CWA Section ) and the valley fill itself where the rock and dirt is placed in streams and wetlands (CWA Section ).

Title V of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Protecting the Environment. The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) balances the need to protect the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining with the Nation's need for coal as an essential energy source. It ensures that coal mining operations are conducted in an . Banks Mining's operations at its Bradley surface mine in County Durham have ceased while it waits on the government to give its ruling on opening a new site near a picturesque Northumberland beach. The firm says it has employees but no coal, with only a few remaining roles for staff involved in restoring its sites.   Tunnels collapsed, explosions occurred, water rushed into the mines, poisonous gas would kill. But the Newcastle coal mines were thought to be inexhaustible, and, per the book, "by , Britain was mining five times more coal than the rest of the world, combined." The demand for it was becoming insatiable. Surface Coal Mining Effects on Ground Water Recharge Committee on Ground Water Recharge in Surface-Mined Areas Water Science and Technology Board Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems National Research Council NATIONAL .

Coal mining begins in Interior Alaska. In , coal mining began around Healy, a station along the Alaska Railroad in Interior Alaska. Four years later, Fairbanks business leader, Austin E. "Cap" Lathrop organized the Healy River Coal Company. In , the Alaska Engineering Commission built a railroad spur line to Lathrop's mine near Suntrana.

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Coal Mining in Alaska 11 AAC 90(Adopted by reference) Pursuant to the Alaska Surface Coal Mining Control and Reclamation Act AS Effective: Ap Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Mining, Land and Water W.

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Surface Coal Mining in Alaska (An Investigation of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of in. XII Coal Mining and Leasing XII- 1 – 21 Alaska Surface Coal Mining Control and Reclamation Act (AS) 1 – 14 Legislative Findings and Purpose (Article 1) File Size: 1MB.

Coal Mining in Alaska Pursuant to the Alaska Surface Coal Mining Control and Reclamation Act AS Printed: January Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Mining C Street, Suite Anchorage, Alaska () Surface mining, including strip mining, open-pit mining and mountaintop removal mining, is a broad category of mining in which soil and rock overlying the mineral deposit (the overburden) are removed, in contrast to underground mining, in which the overlying rock is left in place, and the mineral is removed through shafts or tunnels.

Surface mining began in the midth. Layers of rock and dirt above and between the coal seams are removed. Coal seams are removed with excess soil and rock placed in an adjacent valley. Large scale earth moving equipment is used to excavate and remove coal from lower layers.

The equipment used depends on the method and scale of the surface mining method being employed. Download: Regulations Governing Coal Mining in Alaska (PDF) (effective Ap ) Regulatory requirements for coal mines are different than for other types of mines.

Spurred by major environmental impacts from coal mining in the 's and 's, the U.S. Congress passed the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act in   The owner of the surface mine, the Banks Group, said Bradley will extract its last coal on Monday 17 August, two months after its sister site at Shotton in Northumberland ended its own coal.

Zhengao et al. and Mishra et al. distinguished a narrower purpose of the lateral mining method, for low-dipping strata of high thickness. [13,14] In turn, for the surface mining of inclined and. Alaska Surface Coal Mining Control and Reclamation Act enacted in Primary regulatory authority vested in the Department of Natural Resources.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation assumed primacy of the NPDES program in Improving and Protecting Alaska's Water Quality Department of Natural.

The largest Brazilian coal mine, called Candiota mine, is located in South Brazil, with an estimated reserve about billion tons. Since latean experiment located at a reclaimed site in a coal mining area was conducted, in which a research group from the Federal University of Pelotas has been conducting a long-term experiment on soil quality with different plants.

Get this from a library. Surface coal mining in Alaska: an investigation of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of in relation to Alaskan conditions: a report.

[National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Alaskan Coal Mining and Reclamation,]. Current conditions. Burns, Daniel. The modern practice of coal mining (); Chirons, Nicholas P.

Coal Age Handbook of Coal Surface Mining () ISBN Hamilton, Michael S. Mining Environmental Policy: Comparing Indonesia and the USA (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, ). (ISBN ).Hayes, Geoffrey. Coal Mining (), 32 pp; National Energy. Environmental groups have welcomed the news that England’s last major coal mine is shutting down, but some say it will make the country more reliant on Russia.

Banks Mining, which employs Coal mining is the process of extracting coal from the ground. Coal is valued for its energy content and since the s, has been widely used to generate electricity.

Steel and cement industries use coal as a fuel for extraction of iron from iron ore and for cement production. In the United Kingdom and South Africa, a coal mine and its structures are a colliery, a coal mine is. Coal mining didn’t begin until when a dude named Enoch Hjalmar Furuhjelm opened the first coal mine in what is now called Port Graham.

Once gold was discovered in Alaska coal demand increased expediently as steam ships began to take prospectors and their supplies up rivers and on ships across the Gulf of Alaska. Surface mining is only economic when the coal seam is near the surface. This method recovers a higher proportion of the coal deposit than underground mining as all coal seams are exploited - 90% or more of the coal can be recovered.

Large opencast mines can cover an area of many square kilometres and use very large pieces of equipment, such as. Gold Run Pass Mine: Application for permit to conduct surface coal mining and associated operations under the Alaska Surface Coal Mining Program [Daniel E Renshaw] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying : Daniel E Renshaw.

Underground coal mining is the extraction of coal from below the surface of the earth. The coal is worked through tunnels, passages, and openings that are connected to the surface for the purpose of the removal of the coal.

Mechanical equipment breaks the coal to a size suitable for haulage. Alternatively, the coal is drilled, and the resultant. A broad survey of Alaska’s coal and non-coal abandoned historic mines inventoried sites, but to-date the non-coal inventory remains incomplete for state, private, and Alaska Native lands.

In response to the number of abandoned mines, the Alaska Surface Coal Mining Control and Reclamation Act was approved in May   A coal mine outside of Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of (SMCRA) prohibits surface coal mining within the boundaries of any unit of the National Park System. SMCRA also provides the NPS with authority over permitting decisions regarding external surface coal us surface. It has been a long time coming but the end itself has been sudden.

Coal mining in Britain dates back to the Romans, and years ago there were some 1, underground and surface coal mines on this small island, producing almost.

In Alaska underground mining was the primary form of coal mining used until about the late ’s – early ’s (I was unable to find an exact date.) The method of surface mining was first recorded being used in the Healy River area where it is still in use by the Usibelli Coal Mine.

Strip mining is the technique used at Alaska's only operating coal mine, Usibelli Coal Mine, and is the method to be used at the proposed Chuitna Coal Prospect. Both underground and strip mines are regulated by the rules regarding coal mine reclamation.

In the case of strip mines, the overburden is usually pushed back into the pit and then the. Why surface mining and not underground. The method of surface mining is used by the Usibelli Coal mine because there is no need for them to dig deep for the coal.

It is literally right on the surface. You can clearly see the coal seams in this photo of the Jumbo Dome [ ]. Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the Earth, usually from an ore body, lode, vein, seam, reef or placer deposits form a mineralized package that is of economic interest to the miner.

Ores recovered by mining include metals, coal, oil shale, gemstones, limestone, chalk, dimension stone, rock salt, potash, gravel, and clay. Founded inUsibelli Coal Mine (UCM) has grown to become the largest coal mining operation in Alaska utilizing the most modern mining equipment and state-of-the-art engineering to supply coal to six Alaska power plants and export coal to Chile, South Korea and several other Pacific Rim destinations.

UCM sponsors many community events and activities, and through. Alaska Statutes. Title Mining Chapter Alaska Surface Coal Mining Control and Reclamation Act previous: Section - l [Repealed, Sec.

3 Ch 75 SLA ]. next: Section Findings and Declaration of Purpose. BRINGING DOWN THE MOUNTAINS: THE IMPACT OF MOUTAINTOP REMOVAL SURFACE COAL MINING ON SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITIES (WEST VIRGINIA & APPALACHIA Book 5) - Kindle edition by BURNS, SHIRLEY S. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.

Use features like bookmarks, note Reviews: Surface lignite mines of the Balkan Peninsula face growing pressure due to the CO2 emissions reduction initiatives, rapidly increasing renewable-power capacity, and cheap natural gas.

In this frame, the development of a modern mine land rehabilitation strategy is considered as a prerequisite for mitigating the social and economic impacts for the local communities.

But the game changed in the s, when mining operations started in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, where coal seams are far thicker—up to feet—and closer to the surface .Surface coal mining has had a dramatic impact on the Appalachian economy and ecology since World War II, exacerbating the region's chronic unemployment and destroying much of its natural environment.

Here, Chad Montrie examines the twentieth-century movement to outlaw surface mining in Appalachia, tracing popular opposition to the industry from.Surface mining methods dominate the world production of minerals. Currently, almost all non-metallic minerals [more than 95%], most metallic minerals [more than 90%] and a large fraction of coal.