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W.Va. senators want meeting with Murray Energy

Oct. 29, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

MORGANTOWN — Two U.S. senators say they'll be watching closely to see how Ohio-based Murray Energy treats both safety and the 2,800 employees at the five West Virginia coal mines it is buying from CONSOL Energy.

Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Jay Rockefeller have requested a meeting with Murray Energy to discuss the transition.

The companies announced the deal Monday for the sale of the Blacksville No. 2, Loveridge, McElroy, Robinson Run and Shoemaker mines. Pennsylvania-based CONSOL said it wants to shift resources to natural gas development and the overseas sale of coal, while getting out of the stable but low-growth steam coal business. Murray Energy, meanwhile, will be better positioned to supply its coal-fired power plant customers.

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