Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia
Alpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 miners
Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry. Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.
Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.
One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mine, which is just outside of the Pax area.
The community tells 59News that it won't just affect the miners, but it will affect the whole town. Vickie Toney, who works at Korner's Gas & Grill said, "business will definitely go down, so that will be loss of business here, which means not as many employees will be needed here. This just affects all of Southern West Virginia." She also said it's the one of the few lines of work in Pax and without it their aren't many other options for employment.
Roger Dweese, who is actually an employee at the Ewing mine says he is not prepared for this, "I just bought a house on Slab Fork, it's really scary to have to look for another job."
This downsize could leave over 1,000 people unemployed.
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