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Natural Resource Partners L.P. Reports Status of Pinnacle Mine

12/10/2003

HOUSTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NYSE: NRP) today reported that the partnership has received a force majeure notice from Pinnacle Mining Company, LLC regarding the Pinnacle mine. This notice allows Pinnacle to forego payment of the minimum royalties due under the lease terms until the mine is again in production.

As previously reported, the mine was idled in early September following a ventilation disruption most likely caused by a lightning strike. "Based on all of the information we have been provided we believe the disruption caused by the lightning is over. However, even though Pinnacle management is working diligently with government officials and the UMWA to safely reopen the mine, it is uncertain at this point when they will be allowed to do so," said Nick Carter, President and Chief Operating Officer.

Natural Resource Partners L.P. is headquartered in Houston, TX, with its operations headquarters in Huntington, WV. NRP is a master limited partnership that is principally engaged in the business of owning and managing coal properties in the three major coal producing regions of the United States: Appalachia, the Illinois Basin and the Powder River Basin.

For additional information, please contact Kathy Hager at 713-751-7555 or khager@nrplp.com . Further information about NRP is available on the partnership's website at http://www.nrplp.com .

This press release may include "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the partnership expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the partnership based on its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the partnership. These risks include, but are not limited to, decreases in demand for coal; changes in operating conditions and costs; production cuts by our lessees; commodity prices; unanticipated geologic problems; changes in the legislative or regulatory environment and other factors detailed in Natural Resource Partners' Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

SOURCE Natural Resource Partners L.P. CONTACT: Kathy Hager of Natural Resource Partners L.P., +1-713-751-7555, or khager@nrplp.com /Web site: http://www.nrplp.com / (NRP)

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