United Minerals permits big new coal strip mine in Indiana

United Minerals Co. LLC got a mine permit in March of this year from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for a 4,702-acre strip mine in Warrick County, which is an unusually large mine by Indiana standards.

This is called the Seven Hills mine. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration database doesn’t show a registration at this point for this operation and DNR records indicate that production hasn’t started yet. United Minerals Co. LLC, jointly controlled by United Minerals Inc. and Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU), has three registered strip mines in Indiana with MSHA; Somerville, West 61 and Cardinal. All of those mines are listed by MSHA as active.

U.S. Office of Surface Mining data shows United Minerals Inc. is 50-50 owned by Gregory Olinger and J. Merten.

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