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Southern Indiana Coal Mine Announces Plans to Close

A Warrick County coal mine in southern Indiana will shut down this spring, affecting more than 80 employees. 

In a notice to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, White Stallion Energy of Evansville says surface mine operations at Liberty Mine in Boonville will shut down on April 5, though the company says the date may change "depending on business circumstances."

White Stallion says all regular employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer to one of the company's other mining sites.  White Stallion didn’t provide a specific reason for the closure, although the mine is reportedly close to exhausting its coal reserves.  The company had no comment when reached by phone on Wednesday.

Aluminum giant Alcoa recently decided to hold off on expansion plans for the mine and instead decided to purchase coal from independently owned mines.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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