A leading U.S. coal company says it has added roughly 100 million tons of coal reserves and resources to its southern Illinois portfolio.
Ohio-based Murray Energy says it bought those assets in Hamilton and Saline counties from Consol Energy of Pennsylvania. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
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Murray says the acquired property and rights are adjacent to a mine operated by subsidiary American Coal Co.
Murray says the deal increases its coal reserves to three billion tons. The company has a dozen mines in Illinois and five other states.
Murray is among the coal industry's most vocal opponents of federal regulations. In May, the company filed a lawsuit challenging new rules to reduce coal dust in coal mines, saying they are overly burdensome and costly to the industry.