Foresight Energy, a leading producer and marketer of thermal coal controlling over 3 billion t of coal reserves in the Illinois Basin, has reported that it has received permission from the Mine Safety and Health Administration to temporarily seal the entire Deer Run mine, near Hillsboro, Illinois, the US, to reduce or eliminate oxygen flow paths into the mine as part of its continuing efforts to extinguish the fire that began in March 2015.
The process of sealing the mine will begin immediately. At this time, Foresight is uncertain as to when production will resume at its Deer Run Mine.
Foresight currently owns four mining complexes (Williamson, Sugar Camp, Hillsboro and Macoupin), with four longwall systems, and the Sitran river terminal on the Ohio River.
Edited from various sources by Harleigh Hobbs
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcoal.com/mining/01042016/foresight-energy-receives-permission-to-temporarily-seal-deer-run-mine-498/