Cattle graze on reclaimed land at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine. H/t Peabody.
Peabody Powder River Mining LLC was recently honored by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) with the 2020 Excellence in Mining Reclamation Award for its efforts to revegetate the North Antelope Rochelle Mine (NARM) near Wright, according to a Sept. 18 WDEQ release.
The award is given to operators for overall performance in meeting reclamation goals. In 2019, WDEQ approved the completed reclamation and revegetation of more that 3,700 acres at the mine for a total of 12,700 acres at the mine that has since been reclaimed and returned to grazing and wildlife use.
Scott Durgin, vice president of operations at NARM, attributed the successful reclamation to Peabody’s long-standing commitment to restoring previously mined land.
“I am very proud of the team at NARM for the continued work and management practices that restore the land for generations to follow,” Durgin said.
Over the past three years, Peabody has restored 1.2 acres of mined land for every acre disturbed during mining company-wide, according to Julie Gates, vice president of investor relations at Peabody. The company consults with environmental, technical services and production teams in a constant process of returning areas that have been mined to useful land, she said.
NARM is the largest surface coal mine in the world and produced more than 85 million tons of coal in 2019.