Mining Operations

Efficient and minimal impact mining.

River Hill Coal is dedicated to minimizing environmental impact during coal extraction. We strip mine efficiently using strategically planned cuts in the earth. Pennsylvania has some of the highest standards for reclamation in the world and we adhere to these laws tightly. We do not engage in mountaintop removal and we replace the land according to its original habitat and contour. Here you can find our typical approach to land reclamation.

The seams we mine have some of the best properties on the planet for making steel. Our operations are based in the Appalachian Mountains, which consist of rolling hills and limestone formations at an elevation of 300 m (1000 ft).

Our stripping ratios range from 15:1 to 25:1 with the average being 18:1. We mine through standard sedimentary rock, e.g. limestone, sandstone, shale, etc. The major seams we target are the A, B, C, C’ (prime), D, E seams. The C and C’ are also called the Kittanning formation and are our primary source of metallurgical product. Once these seams are washed, they produce the petrographics in the next section. Each seam is approximately 0.3 – 1.5 m (1 – 5 ft) thick with maximum partings of 8 – 15 m (25 - 50 ft). The minimum depth of these seams is 8 m (25 ft) and the deepest the seams go is 80 m (250 ft). We mine out all seams regardless of depth.

A summary of our typical geological conditions can be found here.

Our largest reserve mines

Wheatfield, Tompsontown, and K&J
Six Mile Run

Maps of Our Locations

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