Wildcat continues hibernation

PEABODY Energy’s Wildcat Hills mine remains idled after last week’s fatality, with no indication of a restart date.

Staff Reporter

Nathan Clarida died in the Illinois mine on July 2 when he was hit by a ram car being trammed through a ventilation curtain, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

MSHA’s closure order against the mine has not yet been lifted as an investigation into the fatality continues, spokeswoman Amy Louviere told Platts.

The agency has classified the incident under powered haulage.

“Wildcat Hills deeply mourns the loss of a fellow employee and expresses its sympathies to family members, coworkers and friends,” a Peabody spokesperson said following the accident but did not offer any further details.

Wildcat Hills, a room and pillar drift operation located near Eldorado, has about 200 workers working two fishtail supersections.

It has been in production extracting from the Illinois no 6 seam since March 2006.

It sold about 1.5 million tons of coal in 2012.

The miner’s death is the 10th in the US this year and the second in Illinois.