Black Mesa Coal Mine and Pipeline

A coal mine, where the coal is extracted and pulverized and mixed with water to form a slurry, which is then transported through a pipeline for 273 miles to the Mojave Generating Station, a power plant in Laughlin, Nevada. The 18-inch diameter pipe is currently the longest coal-slurry pipeline in operation in the country. The process uses a billion gallons of water a year, and towns as far as 50 miles away are noticing a substantial loss of groundwater. The mine is operated by the British-owned Peabody Western Coal Company, and the pipeline is owned by Southern Pacific. Other coal slurry pipelines are under development, including the 1,400 mile Energy Transportation System Inc. line that will bring coal from Wyoming to Louisiana.