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Blacksville 2 begins closing Monday

BLACKSVILLE, W.Va. — The shutdown of the former Blacksville No. 2 Mine in Monongalia County will begin Monday.

The previously announced closing will take place In two phases from Aug. 9-23 and from Sept. 7-21. The will be 180 workers permanently laid off.

The complex along the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border, not far from Morgantown, is owned by American Consolidated Natural Resources, Inc. the company that took over following Murray Energy’s bankruptcy.

Murray Energy purchased the mine, along with four other longwall mines in West Virginia from Consol Energy in October 2013 for $3.5 billion. There were as many as 500 employees in 2015.

Records indicate more than 4.4 million tons of coal were produced from the mine in 2018.

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