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Bowie shuts down coal mine ( Jobs & Energy : Colorado )
Grand Junction Media ^ | February 26, 2016 | Dennis Webb

Posted on 02/27/2016 7:55:01 AM PST by george76

The North Fork Valley is now down to one operating coal mine after Friday’s announcement that the Bowie No. 2 Mine near Paonia is being idled.

Kentucky-based Bowie Resource Partners said in a news release that the action is occurring “as a result of continued market deterioration.” “The mine will remain idle while the market for Bowie No. 2 coal is evaluated,” the company said.

The mine employs 108 full-time employees and one contractor. Bowie said it expects that 68 positions will be eliminated

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Just a few years ago, Bowie No. 2 employed more than 300 miners

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Another North Fork Valley mine, Oxbow Mining’s Elk Creek Mine, was idled by late 2013 after problems a year earlier that led to a fire that stranded its longwall equipment underground in January 2013. Oxbow also had employed more than 300 miners at one time.

A third mine, West Elk, continues to operate in the valley, and in fact last year was the most productive coal mine in the state despite its production having dropped off slightly for the year. West Elk is owned by Arch Coal, a leading coal producer that recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization due to continuing problems in the coal market.

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The loss of coal jobs has hit the North Fork Valley hard because they have represented a proportionately high number of jobs in a relatively rural area.

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it’s difficult to replace high-paying jobs

(Excerpt) Read more at gjsentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Kentucky; US: New Mexico; US: Ohio; US: Pennsylvania; US: Tennessee; US: Utah; US: West Virginia; US: Wyoming
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1 posted on 02/27/2016 7:55:01 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

My Aunt’s husband’s family owned this outfit at one time.


2 posted on 02/27/2016 7:58:51 AM PST by Man from Oz
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To: Man from Oz

These people can thank Obama for this. So sad!


3 posted on 02/27/2016 8:00:25 AM PST by chris haney (Apache)
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To: chris haney
"These people can thank Obama for this. So sad!"

Well, apparently a majority of America supports the killing of the coal industry. They voted Obama into office twice and one of his campaign promises was to bankrupt the coal industry, (sarcasm).

4 posted on 02/27/2016 8:03:45 AM PST by buckalfa (I am feeling much better now.)
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To: buckalfa

I don’t know. Gas is cheap. Might have had something to do with market forces but you folks are right. This administration doesn’t believe in the market.


5 posted on 02/27/2016 8:07:31 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: buckalfa; chris haney
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency, than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to an electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

– Translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the "Prager Zeitung" of April 28, 2010.

6 posted on 02/27/2016 8:14:05 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: george76

More on the War on Natural Resource Harvesters - the socialists love to prevent or take away good paying jobs in rural areas to force people to either live in poverty or move to the city where they can be controlled.


7 posted on 02/27/2016 8:30:01 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: PIF; Grampa Dave; MileHi; Flycatcher; familyop; kitchen; Amendment10; AuntB; SierraWasp; ...

The big government Socialists are using the EPA to write unconstitutional laws to punish working people in rural areas.

Congress refuses to try to defend the US Constitution. No wonder the progressives put a pillow over Scalia’s head.


8 posted on 02/27/2016 9:10:56 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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The EPA and the Courts have been proceeding apace since Nixon had his too-bright by half idea while vacationing in the San Juan Islands.

The PacNW was the first place his efforts were introduced - first by taking aboriginal rights from theoretical law to codified law; then using that to destroy the commercial fishing industry; and then on to property rights and endangered species. This was the beginning of the War on Natural Resource Harvesters, in which many of us paid dearly.

The courts also refuse to defend unconstitutional laws starting with SCOTUS and working down. Any one who believes otherwise is just as naive as we were. Once your case enters the system, you have lost, even if there seems to be a victory, you will just find your case back in court on some other angle. Or worse, the lower court may realize you do not have the funds to keep pursuing your case and, even though you have taken your case to SCOTUS and some part of that is upheld, the lower court will safely over rule SCOTUS. It does not matter if the basis of your case is written in plain language in a Treaty, they will find a way around it and you lose again.

Easterners and Midwesterners seldom understand the depths the Courts and the EPA, working hand-in-glove, will stoop to ensure people are driven off the land and their livelihoods destroyed.


9 posted on 02/27/2016 9:51:56 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: george76
The big government Socialists are using the EPA to write unconstitutional laws to punish working people in rural areas

...so that those same people will move into "more sustainable" communities.

10 posted on 02/27/2016 10:11:39 AM PST by Roccus (Fighting POLITICIANS is the true WOT)
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To: george76

In ‘08, the United Mine Workers’ union’s homepage was a huge endorsement for Obama even after he told them he was going to shut them down. The morons voted for their own demise.


11 posted on 02/27/2016 10:19:26 AM PST by bgill (CDC site, "We still do not know exactly how people are infected with Ebola")
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To: DIRTYSECRET; buckalfa; chris haney
Obama was able to get his carbon regulations on new permits in place and approved by SCOTUS. That's no big deal because the cheap price of natural gas means that any new permits or new power plants will be nat gas fired.

OTOH, Obama's carbon regulations on existing permits, existing power plants has been put on hold by SCOTUS and it is not known how they will rule on the case in 2017. But for now, he can't implement them.

OTOH, in December, the GOP controlled Congress extended the renewable energy tax credits for 5 years, which will drive a lot of new wind and solar.

12 posted on 02/27/2016 1:45:08 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: bgill; jazusamo

13 posted on 02/27/2016 7:30:55 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: PIF

the Clean Power Plan is an overreach of regulatory authority, a threat to grid reliability and exorbitantly expensive. The U.S. Supreme Court just stopped the plan cold. The court has issued a stay in the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

http://www.aei.org/publication/keeping-coal-in-the-ground-buries-affordable-energy-2/

Another reason the progressives wanted to put a pillow over Scalia’s head.


14 posted on 02/27/2016 7:35:50 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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