After several years of planning, Indiana-based Blankenberger Brothers Inc. finally appears ready this year to move ahead with construction on the newest steam coal mine in the high-sulfur Illinois Basin (ILB).

President Donnie Blankenberger said in early January that the new underground mine will be built near Oatsville in Pike County, Indiana, historically one of southern Indiana’s leading coal-producing counties. The mine will be developed by Blankenberger’s BB Mining subsidiary, which has mined previously in the region, and could produce up to 3 million tons per year (tpy).
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