Foresight Energy LP (NYSE: FELP), an Illinois coal producer that went public in June, said that on July 15 high carbon monoxide readings were detected at Hillsboro Energy LLC’s Deer Run longwall mine located near Hillsboro, Ill., indicating the existence of a fire.
All underground employees were safely evacuated and none sustained injuries, the company said in a July 17 announcement. Hillsboro officials identified the affected area and have been working with federal and state officials implementing an approved plan to contain and extinguish. Two holes have been drilled into the coal mine and water is being pumped into the affected area.
The Deer Run mine produces approximately 500,000 clean tons per month under normal operations, the company noted. The mine produces high-sulfur coal out of the Herrin No. 6 seam. Hillsboro Energy has a contract mining arrangement with Patton Mining LLC, an affiliated mining contractor.
Foresight Energy is a leading coal producer in the Illinois Basin with over three billion tons of coal reserves currently supporting four mining complexes.