Coal mining layoffs

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Blackhawk Mining has announced plans to idle some coal operations in southern West Virginia and permanently lay off 146 workers.

Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk Mining sent layoff warning notices to the Kanawha County Commission on Monday.

Union officials say nearly 600 coal miners could lose their jobs at Murray Energy Corp. mines in West Virginia and Ohio.

The United Mine Workers of America said Thursday that 532 of the planned layoffs would occur at five Murray mines in northern West Virginia. About 82 to 125 miners would lose jobs at each mine.

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Coal giant Murray Energy expects to lay off more than 1,800 mine workers, mostly miners in West Virginia. The St. Clairsville, Ohio-based company announced Friday it plans to lay off 1,417  miners in West Virginia. The Monongalia County mine would be hit hardest, with 588 layoffs.

Alpha Idles Coal Operations in Logan, Mingo Counties

Jan 30, 2015

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) - Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources Inc. says it has notified workers at coal mines in two West Virginia counties that the company plans to idle their operations.
     The decision will mean the loss of nearly 100 jobs.
     In an announcement today, Alpha said the affected mines are in Logan and Mingo counties. The company cited weak market conditions and federal anti-pollution regulations.

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We'll also talk with, Jordan Bridges, a coal miner in southern West Virginia who is worried as more and more mines are laying off workers.

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  A coal company has announced plans to lay off 280 workers at mines in southern West Virginia.

Coal River Mining and Coal River Processing filed a 60-day layoff notice Tuesday for five mines. Four mines would be idled, while one has already been idled.

The facilities are in Alum Creek and Julian.

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But some residents are supporting new regulations: “We need to make it clear that the EPA does have the authority and the mandate and moral obligation to reign in CO 2 emissions.”

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Jessica Lilly

Federal dollars are expected to help miners who have recently lost their jobs.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced WorkForce West Virginia will receive additional supplemental funding for $ 5,639,376 in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds.

The money is part of the National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds from the U. S. Department of Labor to continue providing services to workers affected by layoffs and mine closures occurring within West Virginia's coal mining industry.

Jessica Lilly

Some miners are looking for new occupations because they worry this current down swing in coal production won’t be an ordinary ‘bust’. Workforce West Virginia is reporting that more than 4,200 West Virginia coal miners have lost their jobs since March 2012. Although mining jobs were created during that same, the agency couldn't quantify the number.