While Patriot Coal Corp. is in bankruptcy and expected to go out of business and Peabody Energy Corp.'s stock price has plummeted after a $1 billion second-quarter loss, Alliance Resources Partners LP is thriving.
It's the largest coal company in Kentucky, employing 2,700 people with $1 billion in direct economic impact, and it's the dominant miner in Western Kentucky with mines in Union, Webster and Hopkins counties. Its Illinois basin mines produce 36 million tons per year.
Alliance is also the largest taxpayer in Kentucky, paying coal severance, occupational and other taxes.
The River View Mine near Uniontown, which opened in 2009, is the largest coal mine in Kentucky and the largest room-and-pillar mine in the U.S., according to Rusty Ashcraft, the company's manager of government affairs and environmental policy.
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