The Associated Press
8:58 AM EDT, October 25, 2012
BUCHANAN CO., Va. (AP)
An idled Consol Energy coal mine in southwest Virginia will resume production in November.
But not all of the Buchanan County's Mine's workers are being recalled. The Pittsburgh-based company tells media outlets that it's working to reassign 190 of the mine's 606 workers to other mines, along with some salaried employees.
Consol idled the mine in September. It attributed the move to a decline in global steel prices. The mine produces metallurgical coal, which is used to make steel.
When it resumes production, the mine's work shifts will be reduced from seven days a week to five. That's expected to cut production from 400,000 tons to 293,000 tons a month.