Coal Company To cut nearly 200 jobs

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The owner of two southern Illinois coal mines says it’s cutting more than 200 jobs at those locations as well as additional positions at a Kentucky mine. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Alliance Resource Partners LP announced the layoffs at its Hamilton and White County coal mines on Friday. Two hundred jobs have been eliminated at the White Oak mine in Dahlgren, along with about 35 more positions at the Pattiki mine near Carmi and 40 jobs at River View Coal in Waverly, Kentucky. The company cites low natural gas prices and a saturated domestic coal market as well as “weak power demand” and “overreaching regulations.” It hopes to restore the jobs cut from the White Oak mine later this year.