River levels could cost coal miners their jobs - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

River levels could cost coal miners their jobs

PERRY COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

PERRY COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The mild winter and long hot summer could now cost hundreds of southern Illinois coal miners their jobs.

Knight Hawk Coal ships out more than 15-thousand tons of coal daily from their mining operations in Southern Illinois.

"About 80% of our volume that we produce a day goes on the Mississippi River, through our loading dock south of Chester," said Andrew Carter at Knight Hawk Coal, LLC. "We don't know what the restrictions will look like when they occur. But if they're significant it would severely impact our ability to move our product to our customers."

The problem looming for Knight Hawk Coal and other companies who rely on the Mississippi River for their business is a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

They want to cutback on the flow of water coming down the Missouri River, which could have a devastating impact on things south of the confluence on the Mississippi River.

"Right now they're expecting a river level of a negative five foot in Saint Louis by the first week of December. Which would impede our ability to move traffic on the Mississippi River," said Carter.

And if that happens Carter says the company may have to make some tough decision in a few weeks.

"We're afraid if there's no action by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to not decrease the flow from the Missouri River or to take out some of the impediments on the river near Thebes and Grand Tower, that we may be forced into a position where we have to curtail our production," said Carter. "That's our last resort and something we want to avoid."

Carter says the worst case scenario would be if the water levels drop so low that the river is only open to barge traffic during the daylight hours.

"We would be looking at a 50% reduction in our daily production," said Carter. "We're hoping there can be enough pressure on our state and local governments to put some pressure on the Federal Government to make sure the Mississippi River stays navigable."

 

 

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY was issued Friday due to threat of severe weather

    FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY was issued Friday due to threat of severe weather

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:46 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:46:10 GMT
    A First Alert Action Day has been declared for today, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: KFVS)A First Alert Action Day has been declared for today, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: KFVS)

    A First Alert Action Day was issued for Friday, July 20 due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

    A First Alert Action Day was issued for Friday, July 20 due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

  • New soybean tariffs worry Heartland farmers

    New soybean tariffs worry Heartland farmers

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:21 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:21:49 GMT
    Soybean tariffs are affecting Heartland. (Source: KFVS)Soybean tariffs are affecting Heartland. (Source: KFVS)
    Soybean tariffs are affecting Heartland. (Source: KFVS)Soybean tariffs are affecting Heartland. (Source: KFVS)

    As soybean tariffs go up in this escalating trade war, farmers profits are going down.

    As soybean tariffs go up in this escalating trade war, farmers profits are going down.

  • Fruitland fire crews respond to vehicle fire

    Fruitland fire crews respond to vehicle fire

    Friday, July 20 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-07-21 01:33:44 GMT
    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)
    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)

    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. 

    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat

    Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:18:54 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:26 AM EDT2018-07-21 11:26:39 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

  • Security camera catches Savannah waitress fending off apparent groper

    Security camera catches Savannah waitress fending off apparent groper

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:07 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:07:49 GMT

    The footage, captured at VinnieVanGoGo's in City Market, shows the woman throwing Ryan Cherwinski to the ground after he appeared to touch her buttocks. 

    The footage, captured at VinnieVanGoGo's in City Market, shows the woman throwing Ryan Cherwinski to the ground after he appeared to touch her buttocks. 

Powered by Frankly