Foresight Energy is in the process of reopening its long-idled Deer Run longwall mine in southern Illinois and the steam coal operation could resume production before the end of 2017. A spokesman for the St. Louis-based company acknowledged in June that Foresight is taking the steps necessary to begin mining coal at Deer Run again. The mine, also known as Hillsboro, is located near the community of Hillsboro in Montgomery County, Illinois.

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