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  • Many WV coal counties losing revenue

    Many WV coal counties losing revenue

    Monday, August 8 2016 10:15 AM EDT2016-08-08 14:15:05 GMT

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

VICKI SMITH, Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, WV (AP) — State inspectors have issued 45 violations at a West Virginia coal mine since two men died there, including one for negligently rigging the switch on a hoist with a piece of wood and a rusty bolt.

Edward Finney of Bluefield, Va., died at Pocahontas Coal's Affinity Mine near Sophia on Feb. 7 when he was pinned under a hoist he'd been moving trash into. Hoists are used to move miners and supplies between the surface and underground operations.

After Finney's death, an inspection found a newly installed switch on the service hoist had been improperly installed. The inspector called it a serious violation indicating "an extremely high degree of negligence."

Tennessee-based United Coal Co. owns Pocahontas Coal. It didn't immediately comment Tuesday but has said it's cooperating with investigators.

 

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