On May 15th Peabody was issued an imminent danger order by MSHA at its Air Quality #1 Mine near Monroe City, Indiana. An MSHA inspector measured high levels of methane in one area of the mine. Corrective measures were taken immediately and methane was restored to acceptable levels. There is no report as to how long the mine was shut down for but any disruption to production is bad for the bottom line.
Other safety reports for Peabody Energy Corporation this year include:
April 13, 2012: Willow Lake Mine near Saline County, Illinois – excess methane.
February 16, 2012: Caballo Mine near Gillette, Wyoming – missingelectrical cover plate. This order was rescinded on February 17, 2012.
January 26, 2012: Francisco Underground Mine near Francisco, Indiana – violation of lock out policies.
Given the nature of the violations and the fact that none of the mines are repeat offenders in recent months it looks like this is a case of two entities doing their jobs well. Peabody and subsidiaries, mining ore and MSHA making sure they do it safely.