Deer Run Mine
Deer Run Mine is a new longwall mine located near Hillsboro in Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois. The mine is currently under development. According to owner the Cline Group, the mine has the potential to produce roughly 8 to 10 million tons per year when the longwall mine is in full production. The estimated life of the mine is expected to exceed 20 years. The coal reserves at the mine are leased to the mining company Hillsboro Energy LLC, an affiliate of the Cline Group.
- MSHA ID: 1103182
- Controller: Coalfield Transport Inc
- Mine type: Underground
- Location: Montgomery County, IL
- Address of Record: 925 S. Main Street, Hillsboro, IL 62049
Members of Citizens Against Longwall Mining and the Illinois Sierra Club are awaiting an Administrative Review of Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ decision to issue Deer Run’s mining permit. The Administrative Review hearing is the first step in a legal challenge to the mining permit, and is anticipated to take place in August 2011.
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Citizens Against Longwall Mining is a group of central Illinois residents who have been fighting the Deer Run Coal Mine in Hillsboro, IL since 2004. They are opposed to coal mining practices such as longwall mining that destroy fertile farmland, as well as coal ash and coal slurry disposal methods that threaten the health of communities, lands and waters.