Eagle River Increases Production

 Eagle River Coal LLC’s No. 1 steam coal surface mine near Harrisburg in Saline County, Illinois, is increasing production in early 2017 and is on track to surpass its 2016 output, according to an Illinois mining official. The small, privately owned coal company appears to be doing well, according to Art Rice, an official at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Mines and Minerals office in nearby Benton.

Like Knight Hawk Coal Co., another small southern Illinois steam coal producer, Eagle River is one of the few remaining independent mining companies in Illinois, a high-sulfur steam coal state. It is part of the Illinois Basin that also includes neighboring western Kentucky and Indiana.

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Zinke Lifts Federal Coal Leasing Moratorium


In late March, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3348 revoking the January 16, 2016, order 3338 issued by Secretary Sally Jewell that placed a moratorium on federal coal leases. Order 3338 imposed a three-year moratorium, with exceptions, on further coal lease sales pending completion of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) analyzing potential leasing and management reforms of the federal coal program.

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Alpha Divests Green Valley

 Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) has sold substantially all of the assets of two separate operations, a coal mining complex and a natural gas operation, both located in central West Virginia. The Green Valley mining assets in Nicholas and Greenbrier counties are being sold to Quinwood Coal Co. The divestiture includes the Green Valley No. 1 prep plant and related permits, which have been idle since the second quarter of 2014.

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Arch Coal Honors Teachers in Wyoming, West Virginia

 Arch Coal recently named 10 outstanding classroom teachers in Wyoming and West Virginia as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Each teacher was honored at a special assembly held in front of students, peers, family and friends at his or her individual school.

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Anglo Completes Dartbrook Sale in Australia

 Anglo American completed the sale of its 83.33% interest in the Dartbrook coal mine located in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia, to Australian Pacific Coal Ltd. following the announcement of the sale and purchase agreement in December 2015. Dartbrook consists of an underground thermal coal mine and associated processing infrastructure that has been on care and maintenance since 2006.