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|West Elk Coal Company operates its Mt. Gunnison No. I mine on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in Western Colorado. The mine is located along the north fork of the Gunnisson River near Somerset, Colorado as shown in Figure 1. The mine is designed for a sustained production of 1.4 million tons per year out of the "F" coal seam in the Mesa Verde formation. The coal seam is nominally 7 feet in thickness and dips at about 3 ½ degrees to the northeast. Mining of the seam is up dip with the entry portals on the north facing slope of Mount Gunnison. The mine is designed as a five entry system with four entries for ventilation and access and one entry for a coal-handling conveyor. The mine entry layout is shown in Figure 2. Initial mine planning began in 1979, with "permitting" complete and construction starting in the fall of 1981. A "turnkey" contract for design and construction of all five parallel mine entry tunnels was awarded by West Elk Coal Company to a Joint Venture of Jenny Engineering Corporation (design and contract management responsibility) and Affholder, Inc. (construction responsibility). The first entry access into the coal seam was completed in the early spring of 1982. The mine has been operating at full service (all five entries) for nearly 3 years.|
Additional chapters/articles from the SME-ICGCM book Proceeding of the Fourth Conference on Ground Control in Mining (ICGCM)
|Truss Bolting On-Cycle in Jane Mine Lower Freeport Seam||Design Of A Roof Truss Bolting Plan For Bear Mine||Tension-Torque Relationship For Mechanical Anchored Roof Bol||A Novel System For Automatic Installation Of Cement Grouted||Load Transfer Mechanics In Fully-Grouted Roof Bolts||An Investigation Of Longwall Pillar Stress History||Impact Of Horizontal Load On Shield Supports||Interaction Between Roof And Support On Longwall Faces With||Roof Control With Polyurethane For Recovery Of Kitt Energy?s||First Caving And Its Effects--A Case Study||Staubbekampfung An Schildausbau In Bruchbaustreben (Combatin||Yield Pillar Applications--Impact On Strata Control And Coal||Constraint Is The Prime Variable In Pillar Strength||Massive Pillar Failure--Two Case Studies||Investigations Of Underground Coal Mine Bursts||Destressing Practice In Rockburst-Prone Ground||Statistical Characterization Of Coal-Mine Roof Failure: Sugg||Pillar Design - Continuous Miner Butt Section And Longwall D||Design Factors In Near-Seam Interaction||Remote Sensing For Roof Control And Mine Planning: An Overvi||Design, Construction And Performance Of A Single Pass Lining||Computer Modelling And In Situ Instrumentation Techniques: A||A Sonic Wave Attenuation Technique For Monitoring Of Stress||The Radio Imaging Method (RIM) -- A Means Of Detecting And I||Clay Veins: Their Physical Characteristics. Prediction, and||Evaluation of the Point Load Strength for Soft Rock Classifi||Ground Control Experiences in a High Horizontal Stress Field||Horizontal Stresses and Their Impact on Roof Stability at th||Ground Control Problem Associated with Longwall Mining of De||Geotechnical Aspects of Subsidence over Room and Pillar Mine||Proposed Criteria for Assessing Subsidence Damage to Surface||Surface Subsidence. in Longwall Mining--A Case Stud||An Integrated Approach to the Monitoring and Modeling of Gro|