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Patriot Coal to Idle Mine Complex
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 11, 2013 @ 5:47PM
Created on September 11, 2013 @ 12:48PM
 
MAN, W.Va. (AP) - Patriot Coal Corp. says it plans to idle a mine complex in southern West Virginia that employs about 250 workers.
 
St. Louis-based Patriot says in a news release that it gave the workers a 60-day notice on Tuesday. The company expects to offer jobs at other operations to about 50 workers.
 
The complex near Man includes the Guyan surface mine and the Fanco preparation plant and rail loadout.
 
Patriot President and CEO Bennett K. Hatfield attributes the decision to a decline in prices for thermal coal used to generate electricity.
 
United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts says Patriot's decision is disappointing but not unexpected.

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Sep 13, 2013 at 6:04 AM
Now wait until the liberal Obama administration gets the EPA to shut down the last coal mine; then Obama gets his "quadruple" utility rate for all of us! THIS is what fools voted for 5 years ago, but were too stupid to know it. Thank a radical progressive for your unemployment; and if you still have a job....be patient....the radical left are done yet!!
Sep 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM
It's really a shame people losing their jobs anywhere in any industry,but in the coal industry you almost have to have what is called a longwall mining system in place in order to keep cost down by producing a significant amount of coal in a years time and being able to get rid of the coal with reliable contracts,a lot of companies are shipping their coal overseas where they don't have E.P.A. regulations.
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