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Navajo plant and mine shutdown highlight transition-planning crisis
As hundreds of workers lose their jobs this months and hundreds more face layoff this winter, the fallout “points to the need to help workers impacted in the transition away from fossil fuels.”
600 recently furloughed miners in Wyoming may never be called back to work
As the bankruptcy clock ticks down, Blackjewel may permanently cease operations at Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr, leaving new owners to segue into mine reclamation instead.
Kentucky moves to tighten miner protections against bounced payroll checks
Lawmakers are drafting legislation to enforce a statute that requires coal companies to post payroll bonds “to make sure our miners don’t get screwed over.”
Questions about Peabody’s commitment to Arizona after 150 Native American miners are let go
As Kayenta Mine prepares for shutdown, concerns locally are that Peabody Energy will jettison more long-timer workers in favor of contract reclamation employees.
Westmoreland gets the go-ahead to drop retiree benefits and terminate union contract
A bankruptcy judge said Westmoreland Coal can proceed with a plan to eliminate healthcare benefits for retirees and do away with a union contract at its Kemmerer, Wyo., mine.
Unless Long-Shot Buyers Step in, Dismantling of Navajo Generating Station Will Begin in May
The owner with the largest stake in the struggling Navajo Generating Station in northeast Arizona says it will start shutting the plant down unless new buyers are found within the next few weeks. “That warning puts intense pressure on Navajo Generating Station’s supporters, including Peabody Energy, to find a new buyer and rush through a sale. Once shutdown begins, any new owner would have to pay millions of dollars to start it up again, making a sale far less likely and profitable.”
A Mine Closure in Pennsylvania Is Another Sign of the Times
The 4 West Mine in Mount Morris, Penn., is closing soon because its owners say it is no longer a going concern. Almost 400 workers will lose their jobs at 4 West, which produced 1.6 million tons of coal last year, down from 2.1 million tons in 2015, a drop indicative of the industry’s regional decline and of the failing business models coal-mining companies have followed. “It’s going to disappear,” said a local mining consultant. “Gas is going to replace it.”