Bulldog Mine, Illinois

Sunrise Coal Bulldog MineProposed Bulldog Mine

Duplicating Carlisle’s High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Model

Sunrise Coal is developing a new coal mine in Vermilion County, Illinois (near the Village of Allerton), which is estimated to begin production in 2015/2016.

Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) economic impact study projects that this mine will bring:

  • 300 permanent jobs, with an average salary of $76,000 plus health care and fringe benefits
  • Annual payroll of $23,000,000 from 268 residual full- and part-time jobs
  • Indirect employment in food service, wholesale trade, architectural, engineering, healthcare, transportation, real estate and other areas
  • For each 100 coal mine employees, NIU projects an additional 89 jobs will be created
  • The coal mining facility will be value-added–increasing the prosperity of Vermilion and neighboring counties by over $70.5 million. This includes $49.4 million directly from the mining operation and $21.1 million from its impact on other industries in the region
  •  Bulldog Mine will generate $10.5 million in state and local taxes

Bulldog Mine LocationCurrently at the Bulldog Mine

Four hundred acres have been purchased for surface facilities and more than 19,500 acres have been leased for mining. Many of these leased acres have
yet to receive any exploratory drilling; thus, we expect the reserve to grow. The formal permit application was submitted to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in June 2012, and Sunrise expects approval in 2015/2016. Plans for this project are based on a non-subsidence design using the room and pillar approach to extracting coal.