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JOB LOSS: Gibson County, Ind., mine to close

Posted by on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 @ 3:12 pm.

GIBSON CO., Ind. - Southwestern Indiana is about to suffer a similar situation as southern Illinois did a few years back: Mine closure and job losses.

Peabody Indiana Services LLC has announced that Somerville Central Mine, located near the town of Oakland City, will be closing in early October 2019.

The mine has been in operation since 2000.

This is the second mine closure in southwestern Indiana this year. In April, White Stallion Energy closed Liberty Mine, located in Warrick County which sits next to Gibson. Liberty's closure affected 80 workers; however, Somerville's will impact 121 miners.

There are other mining employment opportunities in Indiana as well as here in Illinois, but less than half a dozen; it's being reported that miners at the Somerville mine will be seeking jobs within the industry, but that it might entail picking up and moving in order to access the most viable employment.

A statement issued by Peabody noted that the mine "sold approximately 2 million tons of coal to customers in 2018 and has been operating at a reduced rate in 2019." It also noted that it would continue to meet the demands of its customers (power plants) over the next 60 days.

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