Alpha, Patriot Coal lay off 190 in Ky., W.Va. |

Alpha, Patriot Coal lay off 190 in Ky., W.Va.

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two coal companies have announced the layoffs of 190 workers in West Virginia and Kentucky.

A statement from St. Louis-based Patriot Coal says 130 workers have been idled immediately at its Corridor G Mining Complex near Madison.

Patriot cites the struggling coal market and a difficult regulatory environment for the layoffs.

Alpha Natural Resources says in West Virginia, layoffs involve 25 workers at a Wayne County mine, 22 at the Ruby Energy mine in Mingo County, and one worker at a Delbarton Prep Plant.

In Kentucky, 12 workers will be idled from Alpha’s Taylor Fork mine in Pike County, while 26 others will work for an undetermined amount of time to remove equipment and close the mine.

In a statement, the Bristol, Virginia-based company cited an oversupply of thermal coal.

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