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Coal River Energy announces intent to idle Alum Creek and Julian, WV coal mine operations, cut 280 jobs

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    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

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Coal River Mining and Coal River Processing announced Aug. 12 that it intends to idle operations in Alum Creek and Julian, West Virginia resulting in 280 layoffs.

The WARN notice sent to Kanawha County commissioners from Coal River Mining and Coal River Processing states that the company plans to idle and/or conduct workforce reductions at several operations in early October as a result of “weak coal demand and government regulations that continue to challenge its operations," according to a Coal River news release.

Coal River Mining plans to idle and reduce workforce at Fork Creek Mine 3, Fork Creek Mine 10, both of which are underground mines, Surface Mine 67 and the entire administrative office for surveyors and other support personnel in Alum Creek, and Surface Mine 9, located in Julian.

The workforce reductions will also affect Fork Creek Mine 1, an underground mine located in Alum Creek, where operations were entirely idled by Coal River Mining on a previous date.

Coal River Processing plans to idle the entire plant, the entire warehouse and the entire administrative office for support personnel, which are all located in Alum Creek.

"Despite having issued the WARN notice, we will continue to try to find a market for our coal — in hopes that we can avoid some or all of the workforce reductions and the idling of some of our operations," said Jim Bunn II, a Coal River managing member, in a statement. 

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