Crandall Canyon Mine
The Crandall Canyon Mine, formerly Gen-
wal Mine, was an underground bituminous
coal mine in northwestern Emery County,
The mine made headline news when six
miners were trapped by a collapse in August
2007. Ten days later, three rescue workers
were killed by a subsequent collapse.
Location and geography
The Crandall Canyon Mine is located at
(39.460000°, -111.167639°) with its en-
trance at an elevation of 7,835 feet (2,388m).
The mine is located in Emery County,
Utah in the Wasatch plateau coal field. The
mine is located about 140 miles (225 km)
south of Salt Lake City, 34 miles (55 km)
southeast of Fairview, and about 15 miles (24
km) west north-west of Huntington. The mine
is located in Crandall Canyon about 1.25
miles (2 km) west of its junction with the
main highway road, State Route 31, which
runs through Huntington Canyon.
The Manti-La Sal National Forest sur-
rounds the mine. The mine conducts surface
operations on 10 acres (40,000 m²) of dis-
turbed land within the forest. The permit
area for the mine covers an area of more
than 5,000 acres (20 km2) utilizing fee land,
federal, and state leases.
The topography in the vicinity of the mine
is generally mountainous with peaks reach-
ing above 10,000 feet (3050m) within a 3
mile (5 km) radius from the mine’s entrance.
An unnamed peak 3 miles west at the head of
both Crandall Canyon and Blind Canyon is at
elevation 10,743 feet (3274m). Mill Fork
Peak, located about 1.2 miles (2 km) south of
the mine’s entrance, is at elevation 9885 feet
(3012m). A ridge line 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
north of the mine entrance reaches eleva-
tions above 9200 feet (2800m). That is an off-
set of about 1,400 vertical feet (427m) above
the mine’s entrance in the canyon below.
Ownership and operation
The mine is co-owned by UtahAmerican En-
ergy, Inc. (formerly Andalex Resources), a
company with approximately US$65.1 million
in annual sales, headquartered in Sandy,