Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Alpha Natural Resources to close 3 mines in Dickenson County

(AP) — Alpha Natural Resources says it will close three underground coal mines in Dickenson County in November.

The Bristol-based coal operator says the closures of deep mines 44, 37 and 25 will affect 96 employees.

Alpha says it also will reduce operations at deep mines 41 and 26 in Dickenson County.

Alpha subsidiary Paramount Coal Company operates all five mines.

Alpha announced the cuts on Monday. The company attributed the decision to the supply of coal exceeding demand.

Alpha filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Aug. 3.