Walter Energy, Inc. is a producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry and also produces steam coal, coal bed methane gas (natural gas), metallurgical coke and other related products. The Company operates in two segments: its United States Operations segment, and Canadian and United Kingdom Operations segment. On April 1, 2011, the Company completed the acquisition of Western Coal Corp. The acquisition included metallurgical coal mines in Northeast British Columbia (Canada), metallurgical coal and compliant thermal coal from mines in West Virginia (United States), and anthracite coal from mines located in South Wales (United Kingdom). On May 6, 2011, the Company acquired mineral rights for approximately 68 million metric tons of recoverable Blue Creek metallurgical coal reserves to the Northwest of its existing Alabama mines from a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation.