Coal Company to Reduce Operations

Alpha Natural Resources says it's reducing its production in the southern West Virginia coalfields and laying off miners. The company says the reductions will impact about 100 employees, but about 80 of them will be offered other positions. There are reports that Alpha is idling White Buck Coal's Pocahontas mine in Rupert. A section of the Grassy Creek Mine also will be shut down. Other plants in Nicholas, Greenbrier, Raleigh and Boone counties will also be impacted. The company says the reductions are primarily due to an oversupply of metallurgical coal resulting in a price drop.