Luminant’s unique approach to reclaiming the B Mining Area, located in the southern portion of the company’s Big Brown Mine in Freestone County, recently earned both the Interstate Mining Compact Commission’s 2014 National Mine Reclamation Award in the coal category and the Railroad Commission of Texas’ 2014 Coal Mining Reclamation Award.
As part of the reclamation project, Luminant transformed the final 1.6-mile-long mining pit into a 112 surface-acre lake, which provides a rare opportunity for genetic research of largemouth bass through a partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Big Brown Mine’s B Area was mined from 1996 to 2001 and a post-mine land-use plan was developed based on pre-mine and post-mine factors, including vegetation, region, topography, soil type and local economic trends. Today, more than 15,000 acres have been reclaimed at the mine, which support a diverse mix of vegetation types and water resources.
Learn more about the recent awards and Luminant’s longstanding legacy of environmental stewardship, which includes 90 awards for reclamation excellence over the past 40 years.
Before reclamation: Almost 2 million cubic yards of earth material was moved to reclaim the 1.57-mile-long final pit in Big Brown’s Mine B Area.
Following reclamation, the 112 surface-acre lake at Big Brown’s Mine B Area provides a rare opportunity for fisheries research on a controlled private lake.
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