3 Coal Mines In 3 Days | Electricity for 1 MILLION People | North American Coal

3 Coal Mines In 3 Days | Electricity for 1 MILLION People | North American Coal

This vlog hails all the way from beautiful Beulah, North Dakota where the crew and I followed along with North American Coal to visit 3 coal mines in 3 days.

First Site: “Coyote Creek” Mine – We visited the “Wile E. Coyote” dragline to see how it gets moved from point A to point B across the mine.

NOTE: It’s powered by a massive extension cable that is carried by a farming tractor so it doesn’t get run over when the dragline is being moved.

Second Site: The “Freedom” Mine – A very large mine that produces coal for a power plant, a gasification plant, and then another power plant down the road. (It’s been there since the ’70s..) This is a massive operation equipped with 123-yard dragline buckets that roll 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with three people running each dragline.

They also run two types of Kress Coal Haulers (the 200-ton and 300-ton). The craziest part is that a lot of these machines have more than 100,000 hours on them!

Third Site: The “Falkirk” Mine – About an hour north of Bismarck that feeds a power plant right next door that’s all lignite coal. (it’s also been around since the ’70s…) The coolest part was the indoor building where they park all of their haul trucks (789’s and 793’s) The facility is about the size of a football field, and the trucks are all loaded by shovels out.

They then take the coal out of the pit and drive it all the way down the haul road and dump everything into a hopper, which is then crushed to make the coal a little more consistent. Then it’s thrown into a silo that feeds the power plant the coal. This is turned into energy for 750,000 houses and over 1 million people!

To wrap it all up…

The Coal Mining Process (Explained): It comes in segments. At the front, you have scrapers, dozers, and a PC2000 with trucks taking the topsoil and subsoil off and moving it to where the reclamation is at.

Next, the first little bit of overburden is stripped off to prepare for the dragline.

Then, the dragline comes through and exposes the coal, flops the material onto where they’ve already mined it, then the coal is moved to the power plant where it’s turned into electricity!

If you want to learn more about North American Coal, check them out at https://www.nacoal.com/. #coal #mining #construction

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0:00 – Intro
1:19 – The Dragline
2:31 – Coal Mining Process
3:53 – Day 2
4:46 – Freedom Mine
5:37 – Draglines
6:15 – Standing in a Bucket
6:51 – Working
7:30 – Day 3
8:04 – Haul Truck Cave
9:27 – Outro


  1. Jesse Silvas on March 14, 2023 at 3:43 am

    This is a great trailer, but I’d really love to see more detail. A video about the dragline; 15mins. Kress haul trucks, etc.

  2. TheChamberofchillz on March 14, 2023 at 3:46 am

    Wait I thought that my electricity was made by wishing upon a star and magic pixie dust??

  3. Red Boi The Derg on March 14, 2023 at 3:47 am

    So i just found an insanely under rated channel

  4. Makesamich on March 14, 2023 at 3:47 am

    Neat to see a little bit of the other mines in the area. I used to be an operator at R.M. Heskett until they shut down this spring and am now at the Milton R Young station.

  5. Frank Grima on March 14, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Love the videos mate, really interesting too see how it’s done in America. I’m mine engineer in Australia specialising in coal, let me know if your ever over this way. It would be great to catch up and share ideas, maybe get out to some pits.

  6. Dylan Schutt on March 14, 2023 at 3:48 am

    I Love this I work out at Coteau i work for Dragline Maintenance and its awesome being on the draglines and shovels

  7. Patriot Mob on March 14, 2023 at 3:49 am

    I love the videos but they are way too short.

  8. bdubbsforreal on March 14, 2023 at 3:50 am

    awesome video. the kress trucks look cool.

  9. MrBaker1 on March 14, 2023 at 3:51 am

    It’s sad how people get the wrong ideas on coal mines and coal energy!!!!

  10. SwiggSwoo on March 14, 2023 at 3:52 am

    I want to see a lot less pointing, and a lot more B-Reel footage

  11. DJ Laundry List on March 14, 2023 at 3:52 am

    Hopefully the nice people who do this work are able to find new and better jobs soon

  12. Tanner Knight on March 14, 2023 at 3:54 am

    My brother was there not to long ago

  13. Herrman Reuter on March 14, 2023 at 3:55 am

    You know it’s a big machine when there is a whole kitchen with toaster and everything on board!

  14. Tj Faulkner on March 14, 2023 at 3:58 am

    I think you should do a ride along with a Field service tech for a Dealer or a large earth moving company. Give some people a little insight as to what it takes to keep things going. 🤘🤘

  15. Heavy Machinery on March 14, 2023 at 3:59 am

    Awesome Video 👍

  16. Blake Hayes on March 14, 2023 at 4:00 am

    I work in a mine in alabama but I run a D-11T cat dozer in the push, our largest trachoe on the job is a PC2000 and smaller 1800 trachoe that loads our 10 rock trucks, we’re a small mine compared to the one in this video but we have several of the big draglines parked around different parts of the county that are still property of Drummond Coal Company, I would of loved to see one of them in action, but unfortunately they just sit there collecting dust and rust.

  17. wbball15 on March 14, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Eric Jumper’s contribution was flawless. Blue Collar Photographer can’t be stopped.

  18. jason knight on March 14, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Dam great video 👍🏻

  19. Charles Delaney on March 14, 2023 at 4:00 am

    why are they not using longwall equipment?

  20. Scoots on March 14, 2023 at 4:01 am

    Honestly, I think your videos should be more in the 20-30 minute range. Excellent content!

  21. Robert Fernandez on March 14, 2023 at 4:01 am

    Thank you Mr. Witt for the amazing video and the way you explained. NAM reclamation practices. I had the opportunity to visit all three mines several years back in 2014. I was blown away by the workforce and management attitude. I am super proud of NAC/NAM family and great full to be part of their Organization

  22. MIDBC1 MIDBC1 on March 14, 2023 at 4:01 am

    The ground is destroyed after and big trees rarely take root…….I know first hand

  23. Wb Forsure on March 14, 2023 at 4:02 am

    I had built and delivered a machine to the Falkirk mine in underwood SD some years back and set it up out in a field to crush fly ash. From 3 miles away I could see the shovel sticking up above everything so naturally when I finished I headed towards it and man was it massive.

  24. Johannes on March 14, 2023 at 4:02 am

    So thats were all the CO2 Emissions of the US come from.

  25. Pitch Stadheim on March 14, 2023 at 4:04 am

    This is really cool to see this, I used to work at the Falkirk Mine as a Dragline Maintenance Welder!

  26. General Kenobi on March 14, 2023 at 4:06 am

    Its so sad we’re still using coal in 2022 when we’ve known about global warming since the 19th century. Not to mention that it’s estimated to kill hundreds of thousands of people each year from air pollution. But yeah the machines are cool I guess.

  27. Chuck Singer on March 14, 2023 at 4:06 am

    WTF more footage of the machines working!

  28. CRCHUCK on March 14, 2023 at 4:06 am

    I like how Wylie Coyote had a toaster in its break room.

  29. Donny Thomas 007 on March 14, 2023 at 4:07 am

    Gotta charge those Teslas somehow..

  30. Michael Barrett on March 14, 2023 at 4:08 am

    Hi Aaron great insight into the mines! Just a question why do they have the 789’s & 793’s in that building?

  31. SpaceRider on March 14, 2023 at 4:10 am

    Thanks for killing the atmosphere and pollution…. dumb crap…

  32. Travis Boyd on March 14, 2023 at 4:12 am

    Hi Aaron just curious my Grandfather lived in Zap North Dakota and he ran a dragline for a few years and I have pictures that look like the same kind of mining and I never knew or have forgotten what it was they were mining they called it strip mining is that one in the same or something different? Totally enjoy your videos.

  33. Yuckier Yeti on March 14, 2023 at 4:13 am

    YouTube, instagram, and tiktoks. All underrated. Love the videos and all the video shots. Keep it up brother🤘🏼!!

  34. NDoutdoorsman on March 14, 2023 at 4:14 am

    I am a Beulah native born and raised and was raised with parents both working in the coal industry. I work at the power plant that is fed by the mine and my father works as an operator at Coyote Creek mine. I wish more people would come and experience our area and what it has to offer. Our power plants keep your phone charged, lights on, and heat or AC running. Aside from nearly 70% of Beulah being employed at one of the local mines or plants and seeing them from town, you’d never know they exist. BTW, the Country Kettle is slept on by most tourists but its definitely worth a stop.

  35. Justin Voysey on March 14, 2023 at 4:18 am

    It amazes me the amount of great material that gets skipped right over. Your channel has so much potential but you skip over so much great material to film and talk about. I feel like I am missing out on so much knowledge that gets skipped over in every video you do. I know you can’t cover everything but there is definitely some that you can cover more of

  36. Henry Morrey on March 14, 2023 at 4:18 am

    Just like the oil sands in Alberta, they actually clean up Mother Nature in what they do, they have oil naturally leaking into the river but these companies open face mine these areas and when their done actually have oil free wild wilderness Forrester and animal inhabited reclaim sites

  37. dirtdude on March 14, 2023 at 4:20 am

    but energy is racist…. Thats why all of this coal and oil stuff needs to stop immediately, because we’re all going to die next week from deadly global warming

  38. BuffaloHideFace on March 14, 2023 at 4:21 am

    Y’all need to go to west mineral Kansas for the holy grail of coal mining equipment

  39. c0mputer on March 14, 2023 at 4:22 am

    Not even going to mention what I do for a living because compared to these guys it’s embarrassing.

  40. Jonathan Juillerat on March 14, 2023 at 4:22 am

    I wonder how much coal is left?

  41. x9x9x9x9x9 on March 14, 2023 at 4:22 am

    My brain has such a hard time grasping the size of these machines. Its one of those things I know video just doesn’t do it justice. Around 2:43 I know those dump trucks are MASSIVE machines. and its so hard to understand until you see its got a ladder on it and a walkway meaning the driver is like 12 feet off the ground or something. Then you see the Pc2000 and trying to grasp its size is even harder. Then you see the drag line and I mentally can’t grasp the size because I have never seen one in person.

  42. Peter Bowman on March 14, 2023 at 4:24 am

    Man, I just discovered this channel. Very clean and no bs. Great shots, and uses real terms. I don’t do equipment work, but subscribed!

  43. Simon Wilkinson on March 14, 2023 at 4:25 am

    That shop to park the trucks is wicked

  44. BIGDADDYD on March 14, 2023 at 4:26 am

    That thing is like a star wars vehicle 😄 🤣

  45. Caitie E on March 14, 2023 at 4:33 am

    Pretty cool stuff! Coyote Creek electrician right here and honestly didn’t even know you were out at the mine 😂. Must’ve been on night shift when you came in on day shift.

  46. N Alder on March 14, 2023 at 4:34 am

    Used to work on tear down and relocation of draglines for P&H, I’ll never forget my first time on one. Wrapping your mind around how they tram on those 2 shoes and it’s tub is strange until you see it happen. Excellent work on your channel 👍

  47. Welder Sandblaster on March 14, 2023 at 4:35 am

    You did not do me any favors by showing 3 mines in 1 video. I would have preferred to see 1 mine in much more detail for the same time length video. You make all the good views so brief, I don’t get to ponder in amazement, and it ends up just being a tease. Keep teasing me and I’m done with you.

  48. hurricanekris87 on March 14, 2023 at 4:37 am

    That’s cool I work in Alamo on the oil rigs

  49. Aaron Witt on March 14, 2023 at 4:37 am

    What do you know about the coal mining process?

  50. José the Apprentice lineman on March 14, 2023 at 4:41 am

    What’s the name of the song on the begging of day 3

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