31 Oct '12, 4pm

Coal company blames EPA for mining layoffs. Except the EPA had nothing to do with it

Coal company blames EPA for mining layoffs. Except the EPA had nothing to do with it

Sorry, kid. We’re gonna have to let you go. More bad news from the coal industry, reeling at the hands of Barack “I hate coal so so much” Obama. From the AP : Consol Energy told 145 workers in southern West Virginia on Tuesday that it will start laying them off in late December because of a dispute over permits for surface mining related to the King Coal Highway project. The Pittsburgh-based coal producer said it plans to idle its Miller Creek operations in Mingo County, which include Wiley Surface Mine, Wiley Creek Surface Mine, Minway Surface Mine, Minway Preparation Plant, and Miller Creek Administration Group. … Consol has sought U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permits to redirect the Mingo County operations to mine land that would then become a 5-mile stretch of the King Coal Highway. The agency has raised several concerns about the Buffalo Mountain mining operat...

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