Peabody views land restoration as an essential part of the coal mining process and we take great pride in the work we do.
Respect for the natural world is embedded in our every action, from mine and land restoration planning to the way we operate our mines and engage with local communities. Peabody launched its first land reclamation program – “Operation Green Earth” – in 1954, nearly a quarter century before law required it. And we have never ceased working to deliver on our environmental commitments through new levels of innovation, efficiency and care.
Each year, we restore thousands of acres into hardy and productive rangeland, wildlife habitat, hardwood forests and wetlands. Peabody continues reclaiming coal mined lands contemporaneously to restore lands as quickly as possible and continue a sustainable cycle.
Environmental initiatives begin with assessments, which are conducted before any mining activity starts and include comprehensive baseline studies of local ecosystems and land uses. Detailed post-mining plans are researched, designed and approved through state and federal agencies. Contemporaneous land restoration provides for the minimal amount of surface disturbance, and ongoing monitoring and dialogue with regulators allow the company to measure results and adjust to changing conditions.
Over the past decade, Peabody has spent $185 million to restore approximately 48,000 acres of land and has contributed nearly $560 million to the Abandoned Mine Lands program, which was intended for the restoration of lands that other coal producers operated. Our reclamation efforts have been marked by 90 environmental honors since 2000.