Murray Energy has agreed to pay more than $3 million to resolve safety violations issued to five coal mines in northern West Virginia under a previous owner.
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that an administrative law judge approved the settlement between it and the Ohio-based company. The settlement resolves a total of 1,753 violations issued to the Blacksville No. 2, Robinson Run No. 95, Shoemaker, Loveridge No. 22 and McElroy mines prior to Murray Energy's acquisition of the operations from CONSOL Energy Inc. in December 2013.
Assistant Labor Secretary Joseph Main says in a news release that the settlement brings all related, outstanding litigation to a close.
Murray Energy spokesman Gary M. Broadbent says in a statement that the company is pleased to resolve the case.