"Alpha Set To Close 2 W.Va. Mines, Cut Back at Others"

"Alpha Natural Resources announced Wednesday it’s permanently closing two mines and a coal preparation plant in Logan County [WV], and scaling back operations at two other southern West Virginia operations."

"Altogether, about 100 people will be laid off, spokesman Ted Pile said. Another 80 workers will transfer to other Alpha operations. The changes are effective immediately, and workers were informed of them at both morning and afternoon meetings.

Virginia-based Alpha says it’s closing the Superior surface mine, the Hatfield underground mine and the Stirrat prep plant in Logan County.

That affects about 95 employees, 65 of whom have been offered other Alpha jobs. The 30 being laid off will stay on the payroll for 60 days, Pile said, but Alpha has no intention of reopening those operations."

Vicki Smith reports for the Associated Press June 28, 2012.

Friday, June 29, 2012