|Affordable Energy Means|
From the Southern Illinoisan:
American Coal Co. has announced another round of layoffs at one of its Galatia mines, a company official confirmed.
"The American Coal Company confirms that it was forced to lay off 101 employees, effective Feb. 14," a spokesman for parent company Murray Energy Corp. said in an email.
As with previous announcements, the company blamed Obama administration environmental regulations and greater use of natural gas for electricity production. The company also blamed "outright prohibitions on the use of coal by electric utilities."
Last year, American Coal laid off 250 workers at its Galatia mines. The company plans to close one of those mines, New Era, by mid-year as coal reserves run out.