“We are confident that Chris’ knowledge, expertise and leadership will continue to successfully guide Rhino’s operations, including the development of the new Pennyrile mine in western  Kentucky,” Zand said. “While his workload will be diminished, we also look forward to Dave’s continued involvement at Rhino. In addition to the operational experience he brings, Dave will be able to increase his focus on Rhino’s diversification efforts, including the ongoing development of the Utica Shale oil and gas property.”

Rhino Resource Partners produces met and steam coal in a variety of basins throughout the United States, it leases coal through its Elk Horn subsidiary, and it owns oil and gas acreage in the Utica and Cana Woodford plays.