4 years ago

EXCLUSIVE: The complete Bentley-Mason affair audio recordings and transcripts

Then-First Lady Dianne Bentley, suspicious that her husband, Governor Robert Bentley, was having an affair with his senior advisor, Rebekah Mason, on multiple occasions pressed “record” on her cell phone, left the room, and captured the governor having intimate conversations with his mistress.

Included in those recordings, which were obtained by Yellowhammer News, is overwhelming evidence that Governor Bentley and Mrs. Mason had an intense emotional and — based on their discussion of past events — physical relationship with each other.

Governor Bentley has apologized for making “inappropriate” comments to Mrs. Mason, but has denied their relationship was physical.

The complete audio recordings and transcripts can be found below.

BEACH, BREASTS AND BOXER SHORTS



(Video above: Audio recording of conversation between Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason)

Well, we just got home and Dianne’s going for a walk on the beach, so that worked out perfect.

I’ll be able to talk to you, just for a few minutes.

It’s beautiful, a beautiful day — cold. It’s cold, though. It is here, the wind’s blowing.

Hey, stay there for just a minute, I’m fixing’ to come up there and sit on the back porch with you. Can I sit by you, and can you put your head on my shoulder? I’ll put my arm around you.

What’s songs have you been listening to?

Well, I was so afraid — this just worked out perfect — because I was so afraid I just wasn’t gon’ have a chance to talk to you…

Well, I’m sorry, baby. You know, it’s just — you know how it is. I know. We do. I do and you do. It’s just — we do. We really work hard, baby, we really do. Hey, I love you. I know you do. Hey, listen, sweetheart, I want you to have a good time, ok?

Look, baby, you’ve been getting up early for me for a long time.

(Laughs)

Bless your heart.

I love when you come to see me. You know, I’ve been thinking about — I’ve been thinking about, I think I am going to rearrange the office if Wanda retires. She’s not gon’ retire, she’s going to work part time, but I think that would be a good time to do it.

(…)

I don’t want ‘em right there. Honestly, I really don’t. And it doesn’t have anything to do with you and me — well, part of it does — but really and truly I don’t think somebody needs to be right there listening to every word that is said in that office; I just really don’t.

(…)

What, baby?

I do you, too, baby. I do, Rebekah. I just, I miss you. I wish I was with you right now. You know, it is, it is scary. I almost… I kinda, do you just start worrying about us just a little bit?

(…)

You know the other thing, too, baby, we are so much alike. I know, we are. We are.

(…)

Well, I love you, and I do. You know, I worry about sometimes I love you so much, I worry about loving you so much. I do. I do. You know, I feel like, all the time I’m thinking, “How can I contact her? How can I call her? How can I text her? How can I be in contact with her? How can we do this?”

(…)

Constantly.

I know that.

I know.

Well, we do. You know, it’s just, a while ago I text you and I said, “I’m sorry I haven’t been able to call,” I said something along the lines of, “How much time,” or, something like, “I’m sorry I’ve not had…” It went to Zach.

Well, no, he said, he text me back. He said, “Did you get the videos,” and he said, “You sent it to the wrong person, did you get the videos?” And I text him back, I said, “Yea I did, Zach.” I said, “Thanks.” I said, “I didn’t mean to send this to you, I had some people I needed to call.” So, it was fine… He couldn’t tell who I was sending it to. And it didn’t say, “Hey, baby, I love you so much and I’d like to spend the rest of my life with you…”

(laughing)

You’d kiss me? I love that. You know I do love that. You know what? When I stand behind you and I put my arms around you, and I put my hands on your breasts, and I put my hands on you and pull you in real close. Hey, I love that, too.

(…)

Put my hands under your shirt.

(laughing)

That did you in?

Oh, babe. I know. I’m thinking about that right now, so I better quit.

You were thinking about (it)? Yea, I could tell you were thinking about it last night.

I changed the subject, didn’t I?

(…)

I know, babe. It’s ok. Everything’s gon’ be fine. We’re gon’ be alright this week. I know, I know, I know. I know it is. I know.

Hey, I love you. I love touching you. I do. Hey, I do, I do love putting my hands (inaudible) and just pulling you in real tight. I do, I do, I do enjoy that.

(…)

But, baby, let me tell you what we’re gonna have to do, we’re gon’ have to start locking the door. If we’re gonna do what we did the other day we’re gonna have to start locking the door.

You know what, it is kinda scary. Somebody open that door? Mmm.

(…)

It is a beautiful day… It is. It’s a little cool down here because the wind’s blowing. I mean, it is a beautiful day.

(…)

Hey, let me call you and let me look at you. Can I? Hey, I’ve got about five minutes, ok? Ok, I’m gon’ hang up. Alright. Bye.

(FaceTime ringing sound)

Bentley: Where are you? Oh, there you are.

Mason: I’m right here!

Bentley: Hey!

Mason: Can you see me?

Bentley: I can, I can. Can you see me?

Mason: (inaudible)

Bentley: Well, it’s your favorite shirt.

Mason: (inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, you look beautiful.

Mason: (Giggles) (Inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, listen, listen to me. Take your earring off and let me kiss your ear.

Mason: (Giggles) (Inaudible)

Bentley: Oooh shoot! Let me kiss that left ear, ok? Can I whisper something in that ear?

Mason: Here you go (inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, I love you. Hey, you look great.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, it is. Do you want to see something that’s pretty?

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: It is, isn’t it?

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I wish I could hold you real tight right now.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I think you look beautiful right now. Our phone is breaking up, isn’t it?

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I lost you. Now I’ve got you back! I got you back. I got you back.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I did. I did. It’s good. They came this morning, fact. See, I thought I was gon’ stay here this afternoon and wait on them. But they came this morning. Bless his heart, this little boy from (Elrod?)

Her: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Yea, I know. He came this morning before I had my clothes on.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Him: He just got to see my boxer shorts. No. Hey, you’ve seen those. Listen, he didn’t see my boxer shorts. I did actually put my pants on before I went to the door.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Matthew and Katie and Riley are coming.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, I’m gon’ call you back on the phone, ok?

Mason: (Inaudible)

(Back to cell phone)

Hey baby. Yea, they’re coming tonight.

I know, bless her heart, I haven’t seen little Riley but three times since she was born. So I’m looking forward to seeing her. I think they’re gon’ stay ’til Monday. Matthew’s gon’ help me put the beds and stuff together in the new house. So we’ll spend a little time together.

You can text me any time you want to. We may not be able to talk tomorrow, but who knows?

I probably will. But I’ll be thinking of something.

Yea. You could feel my hand. Uhhh… What’s that song? “The magic moment.” Ohhh (inaudible).

I know. I know, I know.

Well, is it, is it bothering you?

Ok. Ok.

Mmm. Hey, sweetheart (inaudible)… I do. I know, we have a good time together. We do.

Baby, our conversation is fixin’ to come to an end.

Well, I’m talking about in the next three or four minutes. But before it does, please have a good time. And listen, don’t worry, we will be in contact, ok?

It is. It really is right now. Listen, Matthew and Katie are gon’ be here. This is gon’ be a good weekend. I mean, it’s really been good. It’s been good. So you just — everything’s fine. And, anyways. One more time, let me tell you, I love you, baby. Ok? I do. I love you, sweetheart. And have a good time and just think about, if you’re thinking of me, you know that I’m thinking of you, ok? Bye, bye.

Well, I’m gon’ have to go. I love you, baby. I do love you. We’ll stay in contact, ok? Alright, bye, bye, sweetheart.

LOVER’S QUARREL



(Video above: Audio of a conversation between Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason)

Hey, baby. I have been surrounded by people all day long. And then I’ve been called by eight million folks from Montgomery. I get texts from everybody in the world from Montgomery. And you know what? They said, “I sure do hope you’re having a good time at the beach.” And I started to say, “Y’all are crazy as hell,” too.

You know, I love you.

I’m sorry.

How you doin’?

No, I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about Blaine calls me fifteen times, and Bill O’Conner calls me. And we’ve gone all over the whole county trying to find furniture. And I ain’t paying $1,500 for a piece of furniture, you know? Well, Dianne’s not trying to do that anyway.

And y’all go to the play in a few minutes?

(inaudible)

That’s why I’m stressing out ‘cause everybody’s around and I’ve had security guards everywhere I’m going… (inaudible)

You’ve got folks near you?

Well, I’m sorry, baby… I’m just going through the frustration that I’ve had all day long.

(Inaudible)

No, I’m not mad at you, I’m just… Well, sweetheart, it’s not your fault. It’d be this way and it doesn’t have anything to do with you and I texting. This is this life.

(…)

Anyway, y’all had a good day? Have you had a good day?

Sweetheart, you seem mad. You miss me?

I told you it was not you, ok?

Well, I have had a million folks calling me. It’s just amazing. When I leave it’s like, “No, I know you’re on vacation, but (inaudible).”

Hey, I love you. And I miss you.

Did you buy some pretty stuff?

What’s the matter, baby?

Are you having one of your down times?

I’m sorry. Baby, hey listen, sweetheart, don’t get mad at me.

(…)

I know, you don’t know when you can text me, when you can call me. I know that. I know. I know that, sweetheart…

Ok. Ok, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

Baby, it’s not your fault. I am…

You can do it…

I know, sweetheart. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Please, baby, don’t. Just don’t. Listen, baby, I know. I know.

I thought we had a lot of good contact today.

(…)

Look, sweetheart… You do the best you can, and I’m doing the best I can, ok? I really am. I really am. Look, I have to fight for everything (inaudible), ok? I mean, I really… Baby, let me tell you, I’m looking right now at a text from Wanda that says, from Pam Chestnut, “Can Cary and Franklin have at least an hour following staff meeting on Monday morning? That would be a great time to get bills signed and returned. We also need to schedule some time Tuesday as well, just in case.” And you know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking, “That time isn’t your time, that’s the time I want to spend with Rebekah, ok?” You know, baby, so…

(…)

I’m sorry.

(…)

You need to tell me when you’re going and coming back. I know what you’re saying. I do… Baby, I do care. I wanted to know. See that’s why I didn’t text you last night. I honestly thought that you were at the play last night. That’s why I didn’t text you, ok?

Well, but I appreciate you (inaudible). What time y’all leaving? You leaving at 6 o’clock? You gotta leave. Ok, baby, I know you gotta go. Please, listen, Rebekah. Listen to me, ok? I love you. I go through a lot and you go through a lot. We both go to a lot of trouble just trying to be together.

And, sweetheart. Listen to me. I love you. I’m telling you I do. Alright?

But I love you.

(inaudible)

Did that picture bother you?

I’m sorry.

Well, baby, we have to go on with life. If we don’t then things are gon’ fall apart, ok?

(…)

No, you can feel any way you want about it and I understand that.

(…)

Baby, I love you, ok? I love you. And I know, baby, we’re in a difficult situation, ok? And unless I make things as normal as possible here, it’s gon’ be hell, ok?

(…)

Please don’t do that. Baby, just don’t…

(…)

It hurts.

(…)

What can I do? You get through at what time tonight, 9? Our time? Ok.

Can I just text you then tonight (inaudible). Ok. I will.

Listen, have a good time tonight, ok? I’m sorry. Can I tell you that I love you and you believe it? I do. I’m telling you I do, baby. I am, sweetheart, please, I’m just doing the best I can, ok?

Ok, sweetheart. Alright you’ve got to go, ok? (Inaudible).

I’ll text you tonight, ok? I promise.

Baby, I want to.

Baby, I, Rebekah, have I ever said (inaudible). I told you I loved you because I’ve loved you forever… This is not something new, I’ve loved you forever. I’ve loved you for many, many years. I’ve loved you for, I know, four. And I love you more now today than (inaudible). And I miss you. And I miss you. And I wish you were here with me right now, ok? And I wish I could hold you and I wish I could kiss you and I wish, you know, I wish that — I do.

You’ve gotta go now. They’re gon’ wonder where you are. Alright. You have a good time now tonight, and I’ll text you after a while. Nine o’clock our time? You’ll get it when you get back. Ok. Ok. I love you. Alright, sweetheart. You have a good time tonight.

You have a good time and I’ll talk to you later, ok? Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk to you. Ok. I love you.

5 mins ago

Alabama Launchpad selects finalists competing for $150K in prize money

Alabama Launchpad, a fund that invests seed money in startup companies, announced six finalists that will compete for $150,000 in prize money.

The six companies are split evenly into two groups, those currently in the “concept stage” that are not generating revenue yet and those in the “early seed stage” that aim to ramp up their existing business.

A panel of judges will hear the pitches from the companies while a live audience watches. The event will occur in the evening on February 27 and will be located in the Warehouse at Alley Station in Montgomery.

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Three companies in the concept stage will be trying to bring home a $50,000 prize.

Those companies as follows:

  • Acclinate Genetics, a Huntsville-based company addressing the lack of diversity in clinical drug trials
  • Pure Game Sports Network, a sports media & marketing company created for high school athletic departments and fans.
  • Smart Solutions, whose products offer assistive technology allowing more living independence for persons with disabilities

Three companies at the early seed stage have bigger stakes. The winner of that competition will take home $100,000.

Those startups as follows:

  • Buolo Solutions, a company connecting professional women to talent-seeking companies with flexible jobs
  • CerFlux, a cancer-fighting company creating personalized medicine solutions to identify the best and most effective cancer therapeutics for patients.
  • MOXIE, whose engineering team is producing custom-designed IOT solutions for clients within 30 days

Alabama Launchpad is a program by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. According to their website, the EDPA “is a private non-profit organization funded by more than 60 Alabama companies, whose mission is to attract and retain world-class talent across a broad spectrum of interests and industries.”

“We are proud to support these innovative entrepreneurs,” said EDPA President Steve Spencer in a press release. “Alabama Launchpad is here to serve early stage companies all over Alabama, and we look forward to seeing these finalists compete onstage in our state’s capital.”

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@yellowhammernews.com or on Twitter @HenryThornton95.

32 mins ago

7 Things: Doug Jones calls abortion question ‘stupid’, medical marijuana bill advances, Democrats slug it out and more …

7. If Moore can’t make the news for his campaign, he’ll make it for his lawsuit

  • Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has requested that the judge presiding over his case with Leigh Corfman recuse himself just before a status conference that could determine a date for the trial
  • Judge John Rochester donated to U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D-AL) campaign when he ran against Moore, and according to a press release from Moore, Rochester’s “criticism and mocking of Christianity on his Facebook page with full knowledge of Judge Moore’s belief in God” are reasons that he should be removed from the case.

6. Aniah’s Law has advanced

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  • As the nation continues to move towards more lacks bail rules, the Alabama House of Representatives advanced Aniah’s Law, a bill that would grant judges more ability to deny bail to those accused of violent crimes.
  • The bill is named after Aniah Blanchard, who was allegedly abducted and murdered by a man who has been released on bond despite prior violent offenses.

5. The GIRL Act is going further

  • The “Gender is Real Legislative” (GIRL) Act has been advanced by the Alabama House State Government Committee, which would require that public school student-athletes only compete in the gender which they were born.
  • The committee vote was along party lines, 8-4. Bill sponsor State Representative Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) has said that “gender is a real biological truth. It truly defies logic that anyone would deny science and want male students competing in female sports.”

4. Assange’s lawyer claims Trump dangled a pardon

  • Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made an allegation that former U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (D-CA) met with him at an Ecuadorean embassy to offer him a pardon in exchange for information about the DNC server and who fed him the information. The media is reporting this as an absolute fact because they need it to be true.
  • Rohrabacher and President Donald Trump say this is not true. Rohrabacher explains, “When speaking with Julian Assange, I told him that if he could provide me information and evidence about who actually gave him the DNC emails, I would then call on President Trump to pardon him.” He added, “At no time did I offer a deal made by the President, nor did I say I was representing the President.”

3. Presidential debate Wednesday night, but the guy at a rally in Arizona won 

  • The Democratic presidential debate took place Wednesday night in Las Vegas. The main target was not President Donald Trump or the 78-year-old socialist that is running away with the race. Instead, most of the fire was trained on the 78-year-old billionaire Michael Bloomberg who was attacked for his money, his history with women and his history with “stop and frisk.”
  • There wasn’t really a moment at this debate that will reset the field, but U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) essentially took over the debate early on and attacked every person on the stage with pointed criticism, except for Bernie Sanders. This will probably be seen as her attempt to damage Bloomberg and will be compared to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s takedown of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) from 2016 because she won’t win but she tried to make sure he won’t either.

2. Medical marijuana is going before the full Senate

  • In an 8-1 vote, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee passed the medical marijuana bill by State Senator Tim Melson (R-Florence). The bill will now face the full Senate; if eventually signed into law, Alabama would become the 34th state to legalize medical cannabis. Last year, a similar bill passed the Senate but failed in the House.
  • This bill will require Republican votes to pass the Senate. State Sens. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore), Tom Whatley (R-Auburn), Will Barfoot (R-Montgomery) and Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) showed there is some Republican support for it. Only State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Sheffield) voted no while State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) abstained.

1. Doug Jones really wants to be a one-term senator

  • U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) was recently asked by a tracker, “Do you think abortion should be banned after five months?” to which Jones responded, “[W]hat a stupid question.”
  • The tracker referenced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that Jones will be voting on next week. Jones said he’ll “vote on it next week, just like I did last time.”

1 hour ago

Medical marijuana bill clears Alabama Senate committee

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A medical marijuana bill cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in the Alabama legislature, giving hope to advocates after years of setbacks.

Audience members applauded as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 for the bill, putting it in line for a Senate floor vote later this session.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Melson would allow people with a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana for 15 conditions — including cancer, anxiety and chronic pain — and purchase cannabis products at one of 34 licensed dispensaries. The bill would allow marijuana in forms such as pills, gummy cubes, oils, skin patches, gels and creams but not in smoking or vaping products.

Advocates crowded into a public hearing at the Alabama Statehouse to watch the debate and tell lawmakers their stories.

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“This bill is not about getting high. This bill is about getting well,” said Dr. Alan Shackelford, a Colorado doctor who described the success of using medical marijuana on people with seizures and cancer.

Cristi Cain said her son Hardy’s debilitating seizures have been helped by CBD oil, now legal in Alabama, but said the higher doses that could help him more aren’t legal in the state. Hardy had as many as 100 seizures per day before trying the oil, and now has about 20 to 30, she said

“An area code shouldn’t affect one health’s care. If Hardy didn’t live in Alabama, he could be seizure-free. We shouldn’t have to be and don’t want to be medical refugees,” Cain said.

Another woman described how patches used in another state were the only thing that relieved her husband’s leg pain from Parkinson’s

The bill drew opposition from some law enforcement and conservative groups. They expressed concern about dosing, safety and the potential for abuse.

“Just because we put the word medical in front of marijuana does not make it medicine,” Shelby County Sheriff’s Capt. Clay Hammac said.

The Rev. Rick Hagans described addicts he buried. He said that although they obviously didn’t overdose on marijuana, they started their drug use with pot.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall sent lawmakers a letter expressing his opposition that noted marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

The vote was a moment of optimism for medical marijuana advocates who for years made little headway in the conservative-leaning state. A medical marijuana bill in 2013 won the so-called “Shroud Award” for the “deadest” bill that year in the House of Representatives.

Melson said he is hopeful about the bill’s chances in 2020. He said there are multiple steps in the process of obtaining medical marijuana that should limit the danger of abuse.

“You are going to have to go to a physician. You are going to have to get a card. You are going to be on the (state) register,” Melson said. He defended the bill’s allowance of marijuana for a variety of conditions.

“I’m sure some people look at that 15 (conditions) and go, ‘Ýeah, really, that one?’ That’s because they don’t have it or don’t know the literature,” he said.

Sen. Larry Stutts, an obstetrician who cast the lone no vote on the committee, said state medical marijuana laws circumvent the process of drug trials usually required to introduce a new medicine

Stutts said other medications have been “through the process and been through the trials that study its effectiveness and side effects” before patients get them.

Before the vote, Sen. Cam Ward described his late father’s battle with cancer.

“I would have given anything, anything, had he had a tablet to take, something to chew on, some drops to put in his food to avoid the nauseousness from the chemotherapy. That would have changed his life. As a human being, who am I to say … you can’t have that to make you feel better?” Ward said.

(Associated Press, copyright 2020)

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3 hours ago

Alabamians can buy emergency preparedness items sales-tax free this weekend

The weekend from Friday, February 21 through Sunday, February 23 is Alabama’s ninth annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

As such, several items needed to help prepare for a weather-related disaster can be purchased without state sales tax across stores in Alabama.

Items that cost $60 or less like batteries, ice packs, duct tape, plywood and flashlights will all be exempt from state sales tax this weekend.

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The biggest ticket item that can be purchased without tax is a portable electricity generator, although, any generator that costs $1,000 or more will begin incurring regular taxes.

Dozens of cities and counties also exempt their local sales tax on the holiday weekend, including Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile and Tuscaloosa. A full list of those areas can be found here.

A full list of the tax-exempt items can be found here.

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@yellowhammernews.com or on Twitter @HenryThornton95.

16 hours ago

Alabama’s Warrior Met Coal announces historic Blue Creek mine development

Brookwood-based Warrior Met Coal on Wednesday announced that they will begin development on a new “world-class” longwall mine near its existing mines located on the Blue Creek reserves in West Alabama.

Met coal is the type of coal sometimes referred to as coking coal. Unlike the thermal or steam variety, met coal is used as a vital ingredient in the steelmaking process instead of being utilized for power generation.

The new Blue Creek development is expected to have the capacity to produce an average of 4.3 million short tons per annum of premium High-Vol A met coal over the first ten years of production. It is one of the last remaining large-scale untapped premium High Vol A met coal mines in the U.S.

“We are extremely excited about our organic growth project that will transform Warrior and allow us to build upon our proven track record of creating value for stockholders. Blue Creek is truly a world-class asset and our commitment to this new initiative demonstrates our continued highly focused business strategy as a premium pure-play met coal producer,” Walt Scheller, CEO of Warrior Met Coal, said in a statement.

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The company expects to invest approximately $550 to $600 million over the next five years to develop Blue Creek with expected spending this year alone of approximately $25 million to kickstart the project.

Based on the current schedule, Warrior Met Coal expects first development tons from continuous miner units to occur in the third quarter of 2023 with the longwall scheduled to start up in the second quarter of 2025.

The company trades on the New York Stock Exchange and as such must report specific financial details on the project. This included the company projecting a “net present value” of “greater than $1 billion over the life of the mine with a projected after-tax internal rate of return (IRR) of nearly 30% and an expected payback of approximately two years from initial longwall production.”

Warrior Met Coal previewed this project at a Yellowhammer News event in 2019.

RELATED: Study: Alabama coal industry has nearly $3 billion impact; met coal reserves to last centuries

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn