Ohio-based Murray Energy, one of the nation’s top coal producers, said June 29 that it has issued 60-day Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) notices to approximately 4,400 individuals in six states in anticipation of mass workforce reductions in September.
Murray Energy said it hopes and expects to continue operating its mines, and will retain as many employees as practicable to ensure continued operation and to fulfill its obligations to its customers. It didn’t specify what layoffs might happen at any particular mines. It has mines in states including Utah, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia. It has several longwall-equipped mines in northern West Virginia working the high-sulfur Pittsburgh coal seam that it bought earlier this decade from CONSOL Energy.
“These workforce reductions are due to the ongoing destruction of the United States coal industry by President Barack Obama, and his supporters, and the increased utilization of natural gas to generate electricity,” said the company. “Murray Energy will continue to sell and ship coal, as we have to date, after any such workforce reduction. Service to Murray Energy’s customers will not be interrupted.”
Murray Energy has gone to court over a number of Obama Administration environmental initiatives, including as a lead coal industry plaintiff against the CO2-reducing Clean Power Plan.