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West Virginia coal mine idled, hundreds laid off

PINEVILLE, WV. - PINEVILLE, WV (WVNS) -- Pinnacle Mine in Wyoming County is now idled and hundreds of coal miners who worked for the company have been laid off.

Earlier this week, our affiliate WVNS 59 News reported the mine was scheduled to shut down today, Friday, October 5, if a buyer was not found. Their reporters were told there has been interest in the mine, but no set deal has been made at this time.

According to David Jackson with the Safety Committee for United Mine Workers of America, Pinnacle Mine has been idled as of Thursday. He said all underground activity has been stopped. The only activity on the property is a small crew of about 45 people who are working to pull equipment out of the mine and keep the processing plant running to move the remaining coal already mined off the site.

Jackson said the water pumps that keep the mine from flooding are still on, and there is no update on when or if those will be turned off. If they are, and the mine is flooded, Jackson said it's unlikely a buyer

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