More Coal Layoffs Announced at Murray, Alpha

Charleston Gazette - Hundreds more West Virginia miners were told Friday that they were being laid off, in the latest blow to the already deeply troubled Appalachian coal industry. Read

Alpha Natural Resources issued a statement announcing the "expected idling" of subsidiary Rockspring Development's Camp Creek underground mine and processing plant in Wayne County and had given layoff notices to 439 employees at that operation. Alpha cited its "current assessment of market conditions."

Meanwhile, Murray Energy was expected to issue a statement late this afternoon regarding layoffs at operations in West Virginia and Ohio. Some media reports indicated as many as 1,800 workers could be affected.

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