Alliance Resource Partners plans big new mine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Coal producer Alliance Resource Partners is planning a big new mine underground for West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Alliance said Thursday it expects to spend up to $285 million developing its Tunnel Ridge reserves in Ohio County and Washington County, Pennsylvania. The mine is expected to open in the second half of 2010 and employ about 300 people.

Alliance expects production to increase from 1.5 million to 3 million tons in the first year to 6 million tons annually by 2012. Alliance says the Tunnel Ridge reserves contain approximately 70.5 million tons of high sulfur coal.

The company's operations headquarters are in Lexington, Ky.

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