TERRE HAUTE - Terre Haute-based Hallador Energy Co. (Nasdaq: HNRG), the parent of Sunrise Coal LLC, is reporting a third-quarter net loss of $3.7 million, compared to net income of $2.9 million during the same period a year ago.

The coal producer says the loss was caused, in part, by several events, including what it calls “challenging mining conditions” at one of its mines.

Hallador says those events, described as temporary, caused a spike to their per-ton production costs.

"I am pleased that we are still on pace for record shipments for the year and that we experienced record production in October ending the higher cost issues that plagued us in the third quarter.  We are entering our sales season in a position of strength with 75% sold for the next 3 years," said Brent Bilsland, president and chief executive officer.

Bilsland says Sunrise Coal is on pace to ship a record 8 million tons of coal this year.