At the start of 2018, several major Illinois Basin (ILB) coal producers were pursuing projects to expand or extend existing steam coal mining operations while at least one, Indiana’s Blankenberger Brothers, was hoping to advance plans this year for a new underground mine that could produce as much as 3 million tons per year (tpy). And, Paringa Resources was preparing for the start of production midyear at its new Poplar Grove underground mine in western Kentucky.
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