- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A company owned by billionaire Jim Justice is reopening two West Virginia mines and putting 200 miners to work.

On Monday, Bluestone Resources Inc. announced the reopening of the southern West Virginia coal mines.

A news release Monday says Coal Mountain in Wyoming County and Red Fox in McDowell County are reopening after more than a year of being idled. The 200 workers are represented by the United Mine Workers of America.

The release says Justice’s company acquired the mines by buying back West Virginia coal operator Mechel Bluestone from the Russian company Mechel OAO. Justice says the mines will reopen as soon as possible.

Justice has begun a 2016 Democratic bid for West Virginia governor.

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