Peabody's Wild Boar Mine has been awarded the 2018 National Reclamation Award for reclamation work on the Barren Fork Pit in St Louis, Missouri. Awarded by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission in the coal category, the award recognises the company's "dedication to the maintenance of environmental protection through efficient mining and reclamation practices."
Peabody President, Americas, Kemal Williamson, said: "We remain committed to land reclamation as an essential part of the coal mining process."
"We are very proud of the recognition for the Wild Boar team as they restore lands for generations that follow," he added.
Wild Boar, located near Lynnville, Ind., utilised innovation, efficiency and care to successfully reclaim the forest and wildlife area at the Barren Fork Pit. Soil replacement has been abundant at Barren Fork and enhancement of forest areas now includes a mix of wildlife habitat including water depressions, small impoundments, and many brush and rock piles. Raptors and other wildlife are already utilising these reclaimed areas.
Wild Boar employs approximately 195 people and provided around US$200 million in direct and indirect economic benefits to the region in 2017. The mine sold 2.7 million t of coal in 2017, serving power customers in southern Indiana, as well as utility customers far beyond the region.
"This recognition and the work at Barren Fork are demonstrations of Peabody's sustainability value in practice," said Peabody's Group Executive, Americas, Marc Hathhorn. "In 2017, we restored 40% more land than we disturbed, and Wild Boar's reclamation efforts were a big part of that success."
Wild Boar was also honoured for reclamation work at the Barren Fork Pit in 2017 with an Excellence in Mining and Reclamation Award from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of Reclamation.
In 2017, across its US and Australian platforms, Peabody restored 5145 acres of mined lands into wildlife habitat, rangeland, hardwood forests, prime farmland, pastoral land and wetlands. In the US this included 892 acres of forested area, 30 acres of wetlands and approximately eight miles of high-quality streams. In addition, Peabody planted 647 602 trees.
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