Equality – Peabody Energy announced Monday that it will be closing the Wildcat Hills Underground Mine and the Willow Lake Preparation Plant near Equality. According to WSIL-TV, Peabody sent employees a letter saying the closures were due to “soft market conditions that make operations uneconomic.” The facilities are expected to close December 14. The closures will impact approximately 225 workers at the Wildcat Hills Mine and nearby coal processing facility. Peabody says it will work with employees interested in positions at its other operations. Wildcats Hills Mine opened in March 2006. Peabody says 1.4 million tons of coal were sold from the mine in 2018.