- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) - After warning in August that hundreds of miners could lose their jobs, Boone County-based Coal River Energy has laid off 130 mine workers.

Coal River Energy spokesman James “Skeets” Loving confirmed the layoffs Tuesday.

In August, the company warned that 280 mine workers could be out of jobs.

Loving said the company laid off 130 employees on Oct. 11, while keeping 94 workers and finding other work for 56 others.

The affected mining areas are located near the border of Boone and Kanawha counties. Some are underground and some are surface mines.

The company pointed to poor coal markets and federal regulations.

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