The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Jan. 15 that CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) is temporarily idling one of the five longwalls at its Balley mining complex in southwest Pennsylvania, which consists of the Bailey, Enlow Fork and Harvey mines.
The report said affected workers were informed of this move on Jan. 14. The 200 impacted employees are being offered spots in other parts of the operation.
The report quoted company spokesman Brian Aiello as saying: “This is simply a temporary measure, due to the warm winter so far, designed to optimize our operating schedule and better sync up customer delivery schedules with inventories.”
These three mines, all of which work the high-sulfur Pittsburgh coal seam, feed coal through the common Bailey prep plant. Bailey and Enlow Fork each have two longwalls, while the newer Harvey mine has only one. U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows Bailey with production of 8.1 million tons in the first three quarters of 2015 and 12.3 million tons in all of 2014. MSHA has Enlow Fork at 7.3 million tons of output in the first three quarters of 2015 and 10.6 million tons in all of 2014. MSHA, on the other hand, has full 2015 production data for Harvey, showing 3.6 million tons of production in 2015 and 3.2 million tons in 2014.