Illinois Basin (ILB) steam coal producer Foresight Energy mined more coal and its coal sales revenue was higher in the first quarter of 2018 than a year ago, even though it decided to permanently close its ill-fated Deer Run longwall mine near Hillsboro in Montgomery County, Illinois.

The St. Louis-based company produced nearly 5.7 million tons in the January-March period, up 7.6% from the 5.27 million tons produced in the first quarter of 2017.

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