Indiana coal mine with 120 workers to close this fall

A southwestern Indiana coal mine will close this fall, costing about 120 workers their jobs at the surface mine.

Peabody Indiana Services LLC said its Somerville Central Mine will close in early October. The mine opened in 2000 near the Gibson County town of Oakland City, about 140 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

The company said it’s working with the affected employees “to identify comparable employment opportunities at four locations in Indiana and Illinois,” the Princeton Daily Clarion reported.

Gibson County Commissioners President Steve Bottoms told the Evansville Courier & Press that while many of the mine’s workers will find other work, “they want to be coal miners.”

The mine closure will be the second this year in the coal-producing region.

White Stallion Energy closed its Liberty Mine in adjacent Warrick County in April, idling about 80 workers.

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