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Illinois Basin braces itself for yet another coal mining boom

By · May 11, 2012 · 8:38 am · Leave a Comment


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By Steve James

Two years ago, Peabody Energy Corp opened a new coal mine in Sullivan County, Indiana. The mine, called Bear Run, is now the largest surface mine in the eastern United States and a symbol of the revival of one of America’s historical coal fields.

As coal mining slows in Appalachia, Midwestern fields are drawing new coal investors as more efficient anti-pollution technology at coal-fired power plants has made Illinois Basin coal competitive again.

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