Eagle River Mine

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Eagle River Mine (also known as Eagle River No. 1) is a U.S. surface steam coal mine in Harrisburg, Illinois, owned by private coal company Eagle River Coal LLC.

Location

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Background

The Eagle River mine is a surface mine operation just south of Harrisburg, IL, in southern Illinois. It ships primarily to electricity generators in Illinois and the Midwest region.[1]

The mine was founded by Tom Franks and family. Franks originally founded the Arclar Company in 1983 as a family-owned coal company. It grew from 19 employees and an annual production of 120,000 tons to 600 employees and an annual production of 6,000,000 tons. Arclar was bought out by Peabody Energy in 2002. Franks then formed the family-owned Eagle River Coal, LLC, which operates the Eagle River mine.[1] Eagle River LLC was one of the few remaining independent mining companies in Illinois, a high-sulfur steam coal state. It is part of the Illinois Basin that also includes neighboring western Kentucky and Indiana.[2] Since 2017, White Stallion Energy, an Illinois based company founded in 2010, acquired the Eagle River Mine, with the Frank family retaining a 49% stake.[3] In addition to the Eagle River Mine, White Stallion Energy controls five mines, four of which are in Indiana, and one in Illinois.[4]

White Stallion Energy had been financially struggling since 2019, and declared bankruptcy on December 2nd 2020. All six of its mines, including Eagle River, are idled during the bankruptcy process. [4] Following White Stallion Energy, Eagle River Coal LLC also declared bankruptcy on January 26 2021, and the two companies' cases are jointly operated. [5] The Eagle River Mine's idling preceded the first bankruptcy by several months. On March 12, 2020, the status of the mine was updated on the MSHA database as non-operational. [6]

In 2019, the last complete calendar year for which the mine was operational, Eagle River employed 116 people and produced 1 million tonnes. The MSHA database indicates that in the first quarter of 2021, the mine only had one employee and produced no coal.[6]

Project Details

  • MSHA id: 1103212
  • Sponsor: Eagle River Coal LLC
  • Owner: White Stallion Energy [6] [3]
  • Location: Harrisburg, Illinois, United States
  • GPS Coordinates: 37.6646205, -88.5349122 (exact)
  • Status: Operating, temporary suspension
  • Production Capacity: 1 million tons (2019)[7]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal type: High-sulfur
  • Mine Size: 295 acres[7]
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year: 2011[8]
  • Source of Financing:
  • Employees: 116 (2019)

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Eagle River Coal Oil Monster, accessed November 2019.
  2. "Eagle River Increases Production" Coal Age, June 5, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Case Profile: White Stallion Energy enters Chapter 11 in 'dire' liquidity situation, plans January sale". Debt Wire. December 3, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Endale, Brook (December 3, 2020). "White Stallion Energy files for bankruptcy, terminates all 260 employees". Courrier Press. Evansville. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  5. "White Stallion Energy, LLC Case No. 20-13037". Prime Clerk. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 U.S. department of labor, MSHA, Mine Data Retrieval System, accessed June 6 2021
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mine Index 1050 Eagle River Coal, LLC, Eagle River No. 1 Mine accessed November, 2019.
  8. "Illinois Mines Could Boost State's Production" Coal Age, Mar. 24, 2011.