Monday, January 5, 2009
Consol Energy could idle Mine 84 located in Amwell Township as early as March 5th putting 260 workers—at least temporarily—out of work. The energy group issued a WARN notice (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) on Friday saying layoffs could begin in 60 days. The site switched from mining steam-generating coal, to metallurgical coal in 2008 due to the geological state of the coal seam. Consol spokesman Tom Hoffman says the drop in the demand for steel has caused a drop in the demand for metallurgical coal and caused the impending Mine 84 idle. In fall 2008, metallurgical coal sold for $150 a ton. Hoffman says now it cannot be sold at all.