Alpha Natural Resources Inc was formed under the laws of the State of Delaware on November 29, 2004. The Company is a supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal for use in the steel-making process and a supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries throughout the country. As of December 31, 2013, it operated 81 mines and 25 coal preparation plants in Northern and Central Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. The Company has two reportable segments: Eastern Coal Operations and Western Coal Operations. Eastern Coal Operations consists of the mines in Northern and Central Appalachia and its coal brokerage activities. Western Coal Operations consists of two Powder River Basin mines in Wyoming. Its All Other segment includes an idled underground mine in Illinois; expenses associated with certain closed mines; Dry Systems Technologies; revenues and royalties from the sale of natural gas; equipment sales and repair operations; terminal services; the leasing of mineral rights; general corporate overhead and corporate assets and liabilities. The Company's active operations are located in Central and Northern Appalachia and the Powder River Basin, which include the states of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. With respect to its U.S. customers, the Company competes with various coal producers in the Appalachian region and Illinois basin and with a large number of western coal producers. In the export metallurgical market the Company competes with producers from Australia, Canada, and other international producers of metallurgical coal on many of the same factors as in the U.S. market. The Company and its customers are subject to various federal, state and local laws relating to the extraction, processing and use of coal, oil and natural gas.