Walter Energy Inc was incorporated in Delaware in 1987. The Company is engaged in the business of mining and exporting of metallurgical coal for the steel industry from underground and surface mines with mineral reserves located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company also extracts, process, market and/or possesses mineral reserves of thermal coal and anthracite coal, as well as produce metallurgical coke and coal bed methane gas. As of December 31, 2014, Company had approximately 392.7 million metric tons of recoverable reserves throughout the world. The Company operates in two geographical segments: U.S. Operations and Canadian & U.K. Operations. The U.S. Operations segment includes the operations of underground mines, surface mines, coke plant and natural gas operations located in Alabama and underground and surface mining operations located in West Virginia. It's Alabama mining operations mines metallurgical coal from both underground and surface mines; it also mines thermal coal for sale to industrial and electric utility customers through its surface mines and the underground North River Mine. It's Alabama mining operations have convenient access to the Port of Mobile, Alabama through barge and railroad transportation. Its U.S. Operations segment also extracts methane gas, principally from the Blue Creek coal seam and also own two underground and two surface mines located in West Virginia, which produce both metallurgical coal and thermal coal. The Canadian Operations includes f three surface mines that produce hard coking and low-volatile PCI coals in Northeast British Columbia; the Wolverine Mine, the Brule Mine, and the Willow Creek Mine. The Willow Creek Mine reserves consist of metallurgical coal comprised of an estimated one-third hard coking coal and two-thirds low-volatile PCI. The Company's U.K. operations consist of an active underground development mine and a surface mine located in South Wales. As of 2014, the combined Canadian and U.K. mining operations approximately produced 1.8 million metric tons of hard coking coal and 1.9 million metric tons of low volatile PCI coal. The supplies used by the company include petroleum-based fuels, explosives, tires, conveyance structure, ventilation supplies, lubricants and other raw materials as well as spare parts and other consumables used in the mining process. The Company's competitors are businesses that sell into its core business areas of Europe, South America and Asia. It also competes with producers of premium metallurgical coal from Australia, Canada and the United States. The Company's businesses are subject to numerous federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations with respect to matters such as permitting and licensing, employee health and safety, reclamation and restoration of property and protection of the environment.