Surface mining accounts for nearly 50% of recent coal production in Illinois. In previous publications, the Illinois State Geological Survey reported that over 20 billion tons of coal in Illinois were potentially strippable. A current estimate, which takes into consideration the present economic and environmental factors, shows that Illinois has 6 billion tons of surface-minable coal in the ground. The amounts of strippable reserves are large in western Illinois and especially in southwestern and southern Illinois, which are more attractive for surface mining because land costs are lower, the heating value of the coal is higher, and the tonnage recoverable per acre is greater. The southwestern and southern Illinois deposits are and will continue to be the major sources of surface-mined coal in the state.

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    Illinois State Geological Survey

    615 East Peabody Drive
    Champaign, IL  United States  61820
  • Authors:
    • Treworgy, C G
    • Bengal, L E
    • Dingwell, A G
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00188087
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM