Shrinking Demand For Coal Forces Pa. Mine To Close, Layoffs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Consol Energy plans to close its 84 Mine in southwestern Pennsylvania in about two months, citing dropping coal prices in the sluggish economy.

About 260 miners work at the mine in Amwell Township, about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh.

In October, Consol announced it would lay off 50 miners but otherwise planned to keep the mine open to supply coal to the steel industry. Consol spokesman Tom Hoffman says the mine could reopen if the demand for coking coal rebounds.

Consol notified employees on Friday that layoffs could begin within 60 days. The mine could close entirely by the end of March.

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