Mass layoffs in 2017 continue into 2018 for US coal industry

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Major layoffs announced in western Kentucky coal mines.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – More than 500 employees in Kentucky’s coal sector will be impacted by the latest round of layoffs and terminations.
The Office for Employment and Training announced two Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices.
Pennsylvania Coal Mine to Close

MT. MORRIS, Pa. (AP) — A mining company is closing its Pennsylvania coal mine over the next few months and shedding nearly 400 jobs.
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The Observer-Reporter newspaper reports that Dana Mining notified Pennsylvania on Tuesday of its decision to close 4 West Mine.
The Morgantown, West Virginia-based company says the mine’s old age and poor geological conditions resulted in high production costs.
Texas coal plant layoffs and closures moving forward with state approval
Texas’ electric grid operator has approved the shutdown of two more coal-fired power plants, green-lighting the layoffs for more than 800 coal miners and power plant workers.
In November, the state’s largest power generator, Dallas-based Vistra Energy, announced plans to shutter three plants pending the approval of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Texas’ grid overseer. ERCOT has determined that the loss more than 4,000 megawatts of energy would not impact’s the grid’s reliability. One megawatt is enough to power 200 homes on a hot Texas day.

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