• Peabody Energy is the world's largest coal producer supplying three percent of the world's energy needs through its coal production.
• Peabody’s power plants have emitted hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic pollution into the atmosphere, yet the company is still working to open at least three new giant power stations.
• Since 1965, Peabody has been pumping 1.3 billion gallons of water per day from the Arizona's N-Acquifer, which serves as the sole water source for the Hopi and Navajo of the area.
• Tell Peabody to recognize the severe impacts of climate change and the need to switch to clean energy sources using Go Green.
-- Profile Updated 06/12/2008
About Peabody Energy
Established in 1883, Peabody Energy is the world's largest coal producer, operating more than 40 mines and processing centers in the U.S. and Australia. Peabody produces approximately 250 million tons of coal each year and holds nearly 10 billion tons in reserve. U.S. customers account for more than 90 percent of the companies sales. In total, Peabody supplies 10 percent of U.S. energy and accounts for 3 percent of the global market. In fiscal 2006 the company reported revenues upwards of $5.25 billion and employed a workforce of 9,200 people.
Black Mesa Water Coalition
The Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC) is an inter-tribal organization led by community youth, working to end Peabody Coal's abuse of scarce water resources in the Black Mesa Area. Water from the N-Acquifer is the sole source of drinking water for native groups in Black Mesa, however Peabody's operations are quickly depleting supplies and contaminating remaining groundwater with toxic chemicals used in the coal mining process. The group is calling for an end to Peabody's use of pristine water for its coal slurry, and would like to see a shift to renewable energy sources.
Say 'NO' to Coal and Climate Change
Tell the CEOs of power companies Peabody, Dominion, and Sempra and their Board members to heed the call of shareholders and their power customers and halt climate change, stop building new coal plants, and shift the billions of dollars they are spending on coal into green energy like solar and wind as well as energy efficiency.
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After Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) denied permits for two new coal-fired electrical plants, Peabody Energy financed ads alleging that blocking the plants would force Kansas to import oil from Russia, Venezuela and Iran. Environmentalists were critical of the ads for ignoring the fact that Kansas actually exports natural gas, and suggested a host of sustainable alternative measures that would allow Kansas to meet its energy needs without the coal plants. Governor Sebelius referred to the energy giant’s ads as “over-the-top nonsense."
-- Washington Post, 11/07/2007
Black Mesa is home to the only operating coal slurry pipeline in the United States, which Peabody built for the purpose of testing and improving technology for slurry lines to be build in China and Russia. The slurry grinds coal into small pieces, mixes it with water and pumps it through a pipeline to the Bechtel-owned Mohave Generating Station which supplies electricity to 1.5 million homes in Nevada and California. Since 1965, Peabody has pumped 1.3 billion gallons of water each year from an ancient acquifer that serves as the sole source of water for the Hopi and Navajo of the region. Area inhabitants have testified that groundwater levels of fallen significantly, springs and wells have completely dried up and some types of plants and vegetation have disappeared altogether. Remaining groundwater is often contaminated with toxic runoff from the process of strip mining.
-- Black Mesa Indigenous Support, 07/17/2007
Source URL: www.blackmesais.org/water_coal.htm
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Peabody Coal Company is seeking a permit to build its Prairie State Generating Station in Illinois:
- The proposed plant will be the largest coal-burning plant built in decades and will pump an additional 25 thousand tons of toxic pollution into the atmosphere.
- The outdated technology to be used in the plant would require the use of 18 million gallons of water per day from the Kaskaskia River, posing a threat to wildlife and fish.
- The proposed plant would put an additional 270 pounds of mercury in the rivers and lakes of Illinois, harming threatening the health of the state fishing industry.
- The increase in pollution would raise the number of asthma-related hospitalizations and could additionally drive up health care costs.
- In order to build the Prairies plant, Peabody is seeking state subsidies worth millions of dollars which would transfer the burden of additional pollution onto taxpayers.
-- Illinois Sierra Club, 04/06/2006
Shareholders have filed the following resolution regarding Peabody's role in climate change: "The shareholders request a report [reviewed by a board committee of independent directors] on how the company is responding to rising regulatory, competitive, and public pressure to siginificantly reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions from the company's current and proposed power plant operations. The report should be provided by September 1, 2006 at a reasonable cost and omit proprietary information."
-- Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, 02/21/2006
In August 2005, the State of Kentucky retracted a permit issued to Peabody for the construction of its Thoroughbred Power Plant in Muhlenberg County. The 1500 megawatt Thoroughbred Generating Station was to be the largest new source of pollution emissions in the Southeastern U.S. in 20 years. Environmental groups and citizens opposed plans for Peabody's facility, arguing that the permit issued was in violation of the Clean Air Act. Following 75 days of testimony on the issue, the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet found that the Kentucky Division of Air Quality and Peabody Energy behaved in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner by choosing not to employ modern emission controls and standards.
-- The Cumberland Vol.38, Issue 9, 08/22/2005
According to the Sierra Club report "Peabody Energy: Anatomy of a Bad Corporate Citizen," Peabody Energy funds pro-coal front groups such as Americans for Balanced Energy Choices and the Center for Energy and Economic Development to disseminate misleading information about energy from coal. The company intends to use dirty pulverized coal technology in three new large coal-fired power plants: Prairie State in Illinois, Thoroughbred in Kentucky, and Star Lake in New Mexico.
-- Sierra Club, 05/06/2005
Ethics and Governance
In 20056, Gregory H Boyce, CEO of Peabody Energy Corporation, earned $6.04 million in total compensation. This is equivalent to earning $116,205 per week.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006
From 1997 to 2000, Peabody spent an average of $400,000 a year lobbying congress to oppose provisions of the Clean Air Act, particularly limits on mercury emissions. Mercury is a human neurotoxin that can cause developmental problems including autism and brain damage in developing fetuses and young children. Coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of mercury pollution. Due to lack of regulation, mercury pollution is widespread in America's lakes and rivers and one-in-six women of childbearing age has unsafe blood-mercury levels. Peabody continues to resist government attempts to control mercury emissions.
-- Sierra Club, 05/06/2005
The Navajo Nation is involved suing Peabody Coal Company for violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law. The suit was brought after Peabody involved itself in an earlier case between the Navajo tribe and U.S. government over allegations that the tribe was forced to accept a low royalty rate for coal extracted under the terms of its lease with Peabody. The Navajo tribe claims that Peabody engaged in "behind-the-scenes lobbying of top Interior Department officials" to prevent the tribe's request for a 20% royalty rate increase from passing. Records show that the company employed a friend of Don Hodel, Secretary of the Interior Department at the time. According to government documents, Hodel stifled a decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that would grant higher royalties to the Navajo Nation.
-- Indianz.com, 04/16/2004
Source URL: www.indianz.com/News/2004/002968.asp
Peabody Energy owns and operates coal mining facilities in the Black Mesa area in northern Arizona. In order to secure unfettered control of the land for coal extraction, company representatives orchestrated the signing of land leases by artificial Hopi and Navajo tribal councils. Peabody also arranged for the government-financed relocation of 12,000 members of the Navajo nation who lived atop the highly sought-after coal deposits.
-- Black Mesa Indigenous Support, 07/17/2007
Source URL: www.blackmesais.org/cultural_sen_history.html