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Blackjewel Miners Block Railroad To Demand Pay From Bankrupt Coal Company

This article was originally published by Ohio Valley ReSource. Some coal miners left without pay by the bankruptcy of coal company Blackjewel LLC are protesting by blocking a coal train in eastern Kentucky.  The stand-off began early Monday when five miners blocked the train from leaving the Cumberland, Kentucky, plant. […]

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Judge Approves Second Loan to Blackjewel, But Appalachian Employees Still Without Pay

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a second limited loan package for ailing coal company Blackjewel LLC.  During an emergency hearing Friday afternoon, lawyers representing Blackjewel told U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Judge Frank Volk the $2.9 million financing package, which includes only $900,000 in […]

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Black Lung Benefits Fund in Deepening Debt as Epidemic Surges

A new study from the Government Accountability Office finds that the federal fund supporting coal miners with black lung disease could be in financial trouble without Congressional action. As NPR has reported, the GAO found that the fund’s debt could rise dramatically at the same time that black lung disease is surging. Most federal […]

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