On 31 July 2014, Alpha Natural Resources issued Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notices to employees at 11 surface mines in southern West Virginia, stating that unless market conditions improve, these facilities could be idled beginning in mid-October. This announcement covers 1,100 employees at mining operations that produced 4.7 million short tons (Mst) of coal...
Table of contents
How much production might actually be cut in October?
Bigger impact to thermal than to metallurgical
Are Alpha's cuts just short-term efforts to lower costs?
Alpha's WV surface production had already begun to slip
Significant employment impact to region
Tables and charts
This report includes 6 images and tables including:
Mines named in Alpha announcement, Wood Mackenzie valuations
2013 production from named mines (Mst)
Annualized quarterly production from named mines, 2011 to present (Mstpa)
Estimated total employees at each named mine
Estimate of southern WV coal mining employment and workers covered under Alpha's WARN notices