Bear Run Mine
Bear Run Mine is a surface operation in Sullivan County, Ind., and opened in 2010. It is the largest surface mine in the eastern United States. In 2013, the mine sold 8.2 million tons of coal. The mine has a capacity of up to 8 million tons annually and serves industrial facilities and customers that provide power for millions of residents in northern, central and southern Indiana as well as customers of electric co-ops and utilities far beyond the region.
Bear Run has a workforce of approximately 540 skilled workers and operates 24 hours per day, six days a week, year-round. The mine uses a combination of draglines, trucks and shovel, and dozer push to remove overburden and uncover coal in the Indiana No. 7, No. 6, No. 5A and No. 5 seams. The coal is hauled from the pit by truck to the preparation plant for crushing, processing and blending before being transported by train and truck to the utilities.
Bear Run Mine annually will inject more than $165 million into the regional economy, which represents an implied economic benefit of about $600 million.