2 western Ky. mines halt operations, affecting 670 miners

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Two large underground coal mines in western Kentucky will be idled, putting about 670 miners out of work.

The Henderson Gleaner reports (http://bit.ly/1rv6NCw ) Patriot Coal Corp. will halt operations at its Highland No. 9 mine and Dodge Hill No. 1 mine in Union County. The mines employ about 670 workers and produced about 3.9 million tons of thermal coal last year.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis-based Patriot Coal says the mines are shutting down because of "difficult coal markets." Sales volumes were lower last year at the Highland mine, according to the company’s annual report.

Miners began receiving phone calls Sunday advising them to not report to work.

Union County Judge-executive Jody Jenkins says the shutdown will affect workers from several nearby counties and southern Illinois.

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Information from: The Gleaner, http://www.thegleaner.com/

 

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