(Galatia, IL)--Southern Illinois coal miners were hit with another shock wave from The American Coal Company. 800 workers received layoff notices that the nations 3rd largest coal mine could be cutting jobs.
The problem lies deep beneath the ground of the mining companies newest shaft. "We've encountered roof conditions that have impeded our mining, an influx of water, igneous dykes, and undulations in the coal seam which have either slowed down or prevented our mining in some area of the Millennium Portal," says Robert Murray President of American Coal Company.
Murray explain why the igneous dykes are creating a huge problem for their mining operations. "The igneous dykes cannot be penetrated with the mining machinery we have. We have to drill and blast them," Murray said. And that takes time away from the crew that could be used mining coal. "The main thing that allows an operation to exist and compete in the very competitive coal market place is the rate at which you mine the coal," said Murray. "And the conditions have drastically slowed down our mining and in some cases halted it all together."