Deer Run Coal Miners Evacuated after Fire is Discovered

According to Bloomberg News, miners at the Deer Run Coal Mine east of Hillsboro were evacuated Tuesday, July 15 at about 7:30 p.m. when high levels of carbon monoxide were discovered indicating a fire. No one was injured due to the fire or during the evacuation.

Two holes have been drilled into the mine and water is being pumped into the affected areas. Federal and state officials are working with Hillsboro mine officials and employees, but the extent of damage will not be clear until carbon monoxide levels return to normal and the MSHA says it is safe to re-enter the mine.

Foresight Energy of St. Louis owns the mine, which has been producing approximately 500,000 tons of clean coal per month. Coal shipments should not be affected due to sufficient stockpiles at Hillsboro and the nearby Macoupin County mine.

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