Murray Restarting Mon Mine

WHEELING – It remains unclear how many coal miners will be back on the job, but Murray Energy Corp. officials said late Friday the company will restart the Monongalia County Mine near Blacksville, W.Va. Monday morning.

Once known as the Blacksville No. 2 Mine while owned by Consol Energy, the facility has been idle since March 31, according to Murray officials. On May 22, Murray officials stated the mine “will be idled and certain of the 589 employees will be laid off for an indefinite period of time, effective July 21.”

However, a statement released late Friday by Murray spokesman Gary Broadbent said officials will bring back both salaried and hourly workers on an “as needed basis,” starting Monday, with hopes of having the mine reach full operating status – though with fewer employees – by Aug. 31.

“We are pleased to get our employees back to work,” Robert E. Murray, chairman, president and CEO of Murray Energy, said. “We hope to soon achieve full production and employment at the Monongalia County Mine.”

Broadbent said late Friday he did not know exactly how the restart would impact the number of layoffs set to go into effect in July.

On May 22, Murray officials announced 1,829 workers across three states would either be laid off or see their jobs “eliminated.” This included a total of 754 at the company’s mines in the local area.