October 9, 2018 - According to one source, hundreds of coal miners have been made redundant from the Pinnacle mine in Wyoming County, West Virginia. The mine had been scheduled to close last Friday if a buyer was not found. Although there was reportedly some interest, no deal was struck.
According to David Jackson of the Safety Committee for United Mine Workers of America, as of Thursday October 4, the Pinnacle mine was idled.
All activity was halted with the exception of a small crew of approximately 45 workers who continued to work to pull equipment out of the mine and to keep the processing plant running to remove the remaining already mined coal offsite.
Yet according to another source, miners have not lost their jobs yet, but are expected to lose them in the coming weeks after the transportation of mining equipment is complete.
The miners and their families have felt kept in the dark by the employer.
The wife of one 55-year-old former Pinnacle miner said: "I'm worried...I'm worried for my family, I'm worried for the other families, the other miners... I mean these miners are like family to each other."
The 55-year-old former miner said, "It's really devastated me and my family, my friends... I mean that's 300 men out of work in a small county like Wyoming county."