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Rhoads Mine

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Mine TypeOpen Pit
  • Coal (metallurgical)
  • Coal (thermal)
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
  • Contour Strip
  • Auger
Mine Life... Lock
SnapshotRhoads is an active operation which recently acquired the usage of an O&K hydraulic shovel allowing it to achieve higher production rates than it was achieving in previous years with a contractor’s front-end loader.

Total saleable production from surface and auger operations are expected to total approximately 430,0000 tons with the same 95% / 5% metallurgical/thermal distribution of coals.
Related AssetNorthern Appalachia Operation


Corsa Coal Corp. 100 % Indirect
Corsa Coal indirectly owns Rhoads through PBS Coals, Inc. ("PBS")



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Deposit type

  • Sedimentary


Geology of the Properties The geology of the properties is consistent with regional structural trends. In Maryland, the local Casselman synclinal fold is evident in the Casselman mine. Coal seams of economic importance on the properties typically range from 1 foot to 6 feet in thickness and are primarily low-volatile in rank. There are 11 coal seams on the properties that demonstrate reserve or resource potential including, in descending stratigraphic order: Sewickley, Redstone, Pittsburgh, Bakerstown, Upper Freeport, Lower Freeport, Upper Kittanning, Middle Kittanning, Lower Kittanning, Brookville, and Mercer. Mineralization Mineable coal seams within the properties are typically low-ash, low to high-sulfur, and high-thermal content bituminous coals. Regionally, the coals are typically low-volatile in rank, with rank increasing from west to east. The maximum seam thickness may reach over 6.0 feet where multiple coal benches occur in proximity to one another; however, the average mineable thickness of the seams in this evaluation generally ranges from 1 foot to 4 feet. Seams are generally continuous but may be locally absent. Secondary discontinuity due to erosional features is present in most areas, resulting in seam outcropping, or visible exposure of the seam at the surface. Other than oxidation of the coal exposed at the surface, erosion of the seams has no significant impact on the mineralized deposits. Mineable seams associated with the properties are generally outcrop-accessible. Coal seams are characterized by both single-bench and multiple-bench coal horizons with parting (non-coal) material varying by seam and area. Seam parting is common within the coal seams on the properties with intra-seam parting material increasing drastically in some areas. Roof strata are typically shale or sandy shale with zones of sandstone roof being common. Floor strata are typically sandstone, shale, sandy shale, fireclay, or in the case of the Upper Kittanning, limestone. Roads property includes Upper, Middle and Lower Kittanning Seams Reserve areas. Based on information provided by Corsa, it has been estimated that approximately 70 percent of coal production from this property could potentially enter the metallurgical coal market, with the remainder going to the steam market. Deposit Types The coal reserves reported herein are bituminous coals. The primary coal-bearing formations on the properties are Carboniferous in age, being in the Pennsylvanian system, which includes the Monongahela, Conemaugh, Allegheny, and Pottsville groups. The average mineable seam thickness for coal horizons in these formations ranges from 1 foot to over 6 feet. The coal seams are generally continuous and non-complex but may vary in thickness and may also be locally absent. Seams retain normal stratigraphic sequence throughout the properties and no evidence has been observed that seams have been modified from pre-deformational thicknesses.



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Crushers and Mills

Milling equipment has not been reported.



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CommodityUnitsLOM (Projected)
Coal (metallurgical & thermal) tons 271,000

Production Costs

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Heavy Mobile Equipment

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