Western Pennsylvania coal mine to close, costing nearly 400 jobs

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 4, 2018 3:46 AM

(Mt. Morris) -- A mining company is closing its western Pennsylvania coal mine over the next few months and shedding nearly 400 jobs.

Dana Mining has notified the state 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.

The mine in Mount Morris, Greene County, will be idled in March and 191 workers will be laid off.

The company says the remaining 179 employees will remove equipment and seal off the mine by June, after which they will also be let go.

Nationally, coal production and jobs have staged a slight comeback under the Trump administration but are still far below levels of just a few years ago.

Dana Mining also operates a mine just across the border in West Virginia.

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