Monday, July 15, 2013

'Adverse geological conditions' suspends operations at Pennsylvania coal mine

Cumberland Coal Resources LP, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, has temporarily suspended production at its Cumberland underground longwall mine in Greene County, Pa. due to adverse geological conditions in the mine's headgate area.

While mine employees work to mitigate the conditions that halted operations, the mine is on idle status as of Monday, and coal shipments have ceased, the company said in a press release. "Cumberland's management currently anticipates that it will be at least several weeks before production resumes." During this period the mine will maintain a reduced workforce of employees who are key to bringing the longwall back into production.

Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the United States. With mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents.

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