Three years ago, ARLP made a commitment to acquire and fund development of 200 million tons of coal reserves related to the project. ARLP will lease the acquired coal reserves back to White Oak Resources in exchange for a royalty income stream. ARLP also acquired land and constructed coal handling facilities, a preparation plant, rail and coal loading facilities necessary to support the mine (Alliance WOR Processing LLC). Similarly, ARLP will operate these surface facilities and receive a throughput fee on all of the processed coal.