2012 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining
Good Neighbor Award Winner
Antelope, Cordero Rojo, and Spring Creek Mines, Cloud Peak Energy Resources LLC Gillette, Wyoming
The Good Neighbor award was presented to the Antelope, Cordero Rojo, and Spring Creek Mines, owned by Cloud Peak Energy Resources in Gillette, Wyoming.
Of the three mines in the Cloud Peak group, two are in Wyoming and one is in Montana. The three sites employ about 1500 people. It is because of the distance between the mines and the size of the workforce that Cloud Peak determined it needed to do extensive community outreach.
Participants at Cloud Peak's workshop on building shrub habitat. In this photo, instructors are discussing how to optimize seeding.
Part of its environmental effort included work on building new shrub habitat on reclaimed areas. In semi-arid climates, it is sometimes difficult to establish native plant populations. Cloud Peak has developed successful methods to building shrub habitat, and held a workshop with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Wyoming state agencies to help spread the use of the technique.
To fulfill its commitment of public education on mining and reclamation, the company developed an interactive display and operated a booth at the Wyoming State Fair.
As part of its community efforts, Cloud Peak also developed museum based interactive displays to explain how coal mining and reclamation is done. The company held awareness events with school science events, on Earth Day, at the Wyoming State Fair, and with the Montana Audubon Nature Center. As part of its public service activities, Cloud Peak also contributed to organizations such as the American Legion Auxiliary, the Converse County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Skills-USA, which provides practical education opportunities that often lead to mining related jobs.
Flood relief efforts to parts of northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana, May 2011.
When flooding struck northeast Wyoming and Southeast Montana, Cloud Peak also donated food supplies and water to those affected, and helped coordinate and deliver supplies to evacuee centers.
The company also provided more than 60-thousand dollars to the Montana and Wyoming Meth Projects, which are designed to prevent teenagers from using or becoming addicted to methamphetamine.
The company helped Wyoming's Gillette College develop the curriculum for a Mine Technology degree program. Some Cloud Peak employees also served as course instructors.
Finally, the company provided almost a half-million dollars in donations to a wide variety of community organizations, ranging from the Boys and Girls Clubs, to economic development non-profits, to a long list of medical and health service organizations, and to the Salvation Army.
Cloud Peak Energy held tours with school groups in order to promote an understanding of the mining and reclamation process.
The company said that helping increase public knowledge of the coal industry and reclamation, promoting science and education, and helping build healthy communities is in the company’s and the industry’s best interests to keep coal mining as a sustainable industry.