Foresight coal mine in Illinois suffers fatality

Illinois coal producer Foresight Energy LP (NYSE: FELP) on Dec. 9 announced that an accident occurred around 8:00 pm CST on Dec. 8 at Sugar Camp Energy LLC’s MC#1 Mine, operated by contractor M-Class Mining LLC, resulting in the death of an employee.

The employee is Tyler D. Rath, 21 years old, of Marion, Illinois, who had worked underground at the mine for over two years. There were no other injuries.

The company said: “We will continue to work closely and diligently with appropriate authorities in investigating this matter, and production has been temporarily idled. We are committed to reviewing and reinforcing safety procedures to ensure safety remains the absolute highest priority across all of our operations.”

Foresight is a leading coal producer in the Illinois Basin region with control of over three billion tons of coal reserves currently supporting four mining complexes. Foresight’s logistics give each of its mining complexes multiple modes of transportation to reach the end-users for its coal, including rail, barge and truck. Foresight serves both the domestic and international markets.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.