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November 27, 2012
14:03 EDTBTUPeabody Energy to permanently close Willow Lake Mine
Big Ridge announced it will permanently close the Willow Lake Mine near Harrisburg, Ill. The mine has failed to meet acceptable standards for safety, compliance and operating performance, and these ongoing issues make the operations unsustainable, the company said. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, letters are being provided to approximately 400 employees. Willow Lake sold 2.2M tons in 2011. Peabody expects to incur a largely non-cash, one-time charge estimated at $40M-$60M, or 10c-15c per share after tax, in Q4 primarily to write off assets, increase asset retirement obligations and accrue severance. The company expects little effect on ongoing earnings from the closing, Peabody said.
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August 14, 2014
08:21 EDTBTUWhile Appalachian mines close, U.S. ramps up coal imports, WSJ says
Coal imports surged 44% to 5.4M metric tons during the first six months of this year compared with last, despite coal mines closing throughout the Appalachia region, reported The Wall Street Journal, which noted that IHS Energy said it costs $26 a ton to ship coal from Central Appalachia to Florida but only $15 a ton to get coal from a mine in Colombia. Imports supply just 1% of U.S. coal consumption, but the imports, especially from Colombia, "are a factor" in mine closings, the report added. Publicly traded coal companies include Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU), Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), and Walter Energy (WLT). Reference Link

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