This excerpt taken from the ACI 10-K filed Mar 1, 2007.
Certain conditions or events beyond our control could negatively impact our coal mining operations, our production or our operating costs.
|||unexpected variations in geological conditions, such as the thickness of the coal deposits and the amount of rock embedded in or overlying the coal deposit;|
|||mining and processing equipment failures and unexpected maintenance problems;|
|||interruptions due to transportation delays;|
|||unexpected delays and difficulties in acquiring, maintaining or renewing necessary permits or mining or surface rights;|
|||unavailability of mining equipment and supplies and increases in the price of mining equipment and supplies;|
|||shortage of qualified labor and a significant rise in labor costs;|
|||fluctuations in the cost of industrial supplies, including steel-based supplies, natural gas, diesel fuel and oil;|
|||adverse weather and natural disasters, such as heavy rains and flooding;|
|||unexpected or accidental surface subsidence from underground mining;|
|||accidental mine water discharges, fires, explosions or similar mining accidents; and|
|||regulatory issues involving the plugging of and mining through oil and gas wells that penetrate the coal seams we mine.|