Protests Continue At KY Coal Mines

Protesting Kentucky coal miners sweated through a fourth day on top of a railroad track as they continued blocking a coal train from leaving a Harlan County mine.Recently laid off, the miners are demanding weeks of back pay from their bankrupt employer as its assets were put up for auction Thursday.Images of frustrated coal miners playing cornhole on the railroad tracks helped draw national attention to the July 1 bankruptcy of mining company Blackjewel, which came without warning and sparked financial turmoil when paychecks bounced.Blackjewel and its affiliates have coal operations in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Wyoming, and its assets went up for auction in Cincinnati on Thursday. Contura Energy has said it would offer $20.6 million for mines in Wyoming and West Virginia.

Source: MG News

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