Oxbow Carbon LLC has owned and operated an underground coal mine in the heart of Colorado’s historic coal mining region for over two decades. Located in the town of Somerset, on the banks of the Gunnison River, Oxbow Mining LLC, a division of Oxbow Carbon LLC, has operated the Elk Creek Coal Mine. In the past, the mine has produced nearly 4 million tons annually of low-ash, low mercury super-compliant bituminous coal for the domestic and international power markets. The Oxbow mine is currently idled due to a seismic event in 2012-13. The mine remains closed for the foreseeable future.
Using state-of-the-art long wall technology, the Elk Creek Mine employed more than 200 people, many of them second and third generation miners, and supported another 1000 local vendors. Oxbow Mining LLC has received numerous industry awards for environmental reclamation work. Working with the Aspen Ski Company, Oxbow unveiled a state-of-the-art electrical generation project that converts waste methane gas into usable electrical power. The methane capture project remains active despite the idling of the long wall operations.