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Foresight Energy withdraws personnel from Deer Run mine

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World Coal,

Foresight Energy LP, a leading coal producer in the Illinois basin region of the US with control of over three billion short t of coal reserves, has reported that on 25 November 2015 it withdrew underground mining personnel from its Deer Run mine in Illinois due to elevated carbon monoxide readings.

Mine personnel are working towards suppressing the event that has led to the elevated carbon monoxide readings by injecting nitrogen and foam from the surface.

After the elevated carbon monoxide readings are reduced and stabilised, Foresight will work with the regulatory agencies to develop a plan to reenter the mine and continue with its efforts to extract the longwall equipment from the current longwall panel and to seal the district.

If mine personnel are not able to reenter the mine for a prolonged period, the Partnership’s ability to satisfy sales commitments could be negatively impacted.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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