Belt Failure Temporarily Idles Pattiki Mine

Alliance Resource Partners announced its White County Coal subsidiary temporarily idled the Pattiki mine located near the city of Carmi in White County, Ill. Production operations were halted at approximately 7 p.m. May 13, 2010, following the failure of the vertical conveyor belt system used in conveying raw coal out of the Pattiki mine. There were no injuries associated with the event.

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Walter Energy Announces Alabama Expansion Initiatives

Walter Energy announced several key steps in its execution of a long-term strategy for expanded coking coal production. “These announcements truly set the stage for the next evolution of Walter Energy,” said Joe Leonard, interim CEO, Walter Energy. “We are thrilled at the opportunities these initiatives present to grow our reserve base and production footprint in Alabama and we will continue to explore opportunities to grow our natural resources and energy enterprise.”

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Dugout Canyon Mine Resumes Production

Arch Coal’s Canyon Fuel Co. subsidiary announced its Dugout Canyon mine in Carbon County, Utah, has resumed coal production with all mining equipment, including the main longwall mining system. Mine crews recently completed permanently sealing a mined-out area where increased levels of carbon monoxide were detected on April 29. Dugout Canyon mine produced approximately 200,000 tons of low-sulfur bituminous coal per month in the first quarter of 2010.

Union Pacific Coal Loadings Surge Despite Utility Issues

Union Pacific coal loadings from the western basins faced increasing difficulty as the month progressed, the railroad said in its weekly loadings report. The railroad is coping with unscheduled utility outages and mine production problems that are expected to last well into May.

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Massey Energy Moves Quickly to Bring More Production Online

Massey Energy announced it would expand operations in Pike County, Ky., and Buchanan County, Va. According to the company, these metallurgical quality coal operations contain approximately 750,000 tons of coal and are expected to employ approximately 110 workers. The surface and highwall miner operations are projected to produce approximately 300,000 tons of metallurgical quality coal through the remainder of 2010, according to the company.

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