Poplar Grove Mine


Coal miners who have been displaced due to the end of operations at the Poplar Grove mine in McLean County, Kentucky have an opportunity to meet with the regional Rapid Response coordinator on July 16.

McLean County Judge Executive Curtis Dame said he has heard from some miners that the mine ceased operations on July 3.

A representative for the owner of the mine, Hartshorne Mining, has not responded to a request to confirm the date or the end of operations.

Rapid Response Coordinator Michelle Drake, who is based at the Kentucky Career Center in Owensboro,  said the center is closed and meetings with displaced miners are by appointment only.

Paringa Resources

An Australian company operating a new coal mine in western Kentucky has asked the Australian stock exchange to extend the halt of trading of the company’s securities. Paringa Resources is facing financial and geological challenges.

The Australian Securities Exchange first suspended the trading of Paringa Resources stocks at the request of the company on Dec. 23.

That’s when Paringa reported that its Poplar Grove Mine in McLean County encountered a geological fault that had not been identified by consultants who prepared the original plan for the mine. 


The first shipment of coal from a new mine in McLean County in western Kentucky has been sent to utility companies in the state. 

The Australian company Paringa Resources announced on April 28 that it loaded 1,500 tons of washed coal from its new Poplar Grove mine onto barges at its dock on the Green River. This first shipment of coal went to Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric. 

Paringa said in a news release that it plans to bring in additional mining equipment and ramp up operations.


The CEO of a company behind a new coal mine project in McLean County, Kentucky has resigned. The announcement from the Australian mining company Paringa Resources said managing director and CEO Grant Quasha is resigning as of June 18 to “pursue another opportunity.”

Quasha said in a Fox Business TV interview in September 2017 that the election of President Donald Trump has “ended the war on coal” and allowed Paringa to raise 40 million U.S. dollars in financing in the Australian equity markets, in addition to $20 million in project financing from Macquarie Bank in Australia for construction of the McLean County mine that will produce thermal coal for regional utilities. The mine is in what’s called “the Illinois Basin.”