The producer said June 18 that the mine, which had first shut down production March 31 and furloughed its crews, resumed partial production on June 8, citing environmental, regulatory and market conditions. This callback will allow it to continue operating on a reduced schedule.
Chairman, President and CEO Robert E. Murray stated that, while the 400 positions are slightly reduced from prior levels, he is pleased to get the employees back to their posts.
“Unfortunately, the ongoing destruction of the United States coal industry continues to be a severe economic hardship on our employees, their families, and our communities,” he said.
The announcement is very positive news following Murray’s late May confirmation that 1,829 of its workers would be laid off in West Virginia, Ohio and Illinois. None of those furloughs or warning notices have been recalled.