The struggles of the United States coal industry have been well documented. But in Southern Illinois, a revival is happening.
Illinois is on track to produce more than 40 million tons of coal for the first time since the state’s mining industry was decimated in the mid-1990s. Mining employment has jumped, too, adding more than 800 jobs over the past year, and some of the industry’s biggest companies are making huge investments in the state.
Illinois has 38 billion tons of recoverable coal — the third largest reserves in the nation after Montana and Wyoming. The state has commissioned a study, due later this fall, to help its coal industry better compete in the global market.
The Illinois coal revival is reported in detail by St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jeffery Tomich: Link to story.
Christopher Hopkins is senior vice president for aggregates and mining for The Saint Consulting Group, email firstname.lastname@example.org