Saturday, April 21, 2012


Patriot Coal Announces Mine Closing

{Henderson, Kentucky}...Patriot Coal Co. is permanently closing its Freedom mine in eastern Henderson County this summer, meaning at least 156 miners will lose their jobs. A notice Patriot filed with county and state officials Friday said the closing could also idle another seven people at the Bluegrass mining complex office in Henderson and up to 37 people at the Grand Eagle coal preparation plant in Henderson. The mine produced 1.2 million tons of thermal coal last year. Earlier this year, Patriot closed three Appalachian thermal coal mines that produced a total of about 1.2 million tons in 2011.

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