Mine along Pa.-West Virginia border to close with hundreds of jobs lost

BLACKSVILLE, W.Va., — A mining complex along the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border once owned by Consol Energy Inc. and now owned by what used to be the former Murray Energy Co. will close later this year, with hundreds of miners losing their jobs.

The Monongalia County Coal Co. underground mine and prep plant has a mailing address in Brave, Pennsylvania, but is mostly located in Blacksville, West Virginia. The owners, American Consolidated Natural Resources Inc., formerly Murray Energy Co., confirmed the closing Monday afternoon to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

“Monongalia County Coal Resources Inc. will be permanently closing the Monongalia County Mine, as well as the preparation plant and other facilities associated with the mine,” a company spokesman said via email.

At least 180 people at the mine are being laid off permanently between August and September, according to a WARN notice filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. There were at least 300 people at the mine in April 2020.

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