Cottage Grove Mine
Cottage Grove Mine is a surface operation, located in Gallatin and Saline counties in Illinois, and began shipping coal in 1997 from the mine’s Eagle Valley Pit. The Cottage Grove Pit opened in 2000.
The mine sold about 1.9 million tons of coal to electricity generating customers in 2013, including the Tennessee Valley Authority and Dayton Power and Light. The mine has 19 million tons of recoverable coal reserves.
Working on two shifts, seven days a week, year-round, Cottage Grove’s workforce of more than 160 mines the Illinois No. 5, Illinois No. 5A, Herrin No. 6 and Illinois No. 7 seams using truck and shovel fleets and tractor push to remove overburden. The raw coal is transported by truck to the Willow Lake preparation plant for processing before being shipped, primarily by barge, down the Ohio River to a variety of utility plants.
The Cottage Grove Mine earned President’s Safety Award in 2012 for achieving the company’s best U.S. safety performance for a surface operation, achieving more than 17 months without a reportable injury. Recognized for excellence in safety and stewardship, Cottage Grove also was honored by the U.S. Department of the Interior with an Excellence in Surface Mining and Reclamation award for restoration of prime farmland this past year.