Black Castle Surface Mine

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Black Castle Surface Mine is a surface coal mine located near Sylvester, in Boone County, West Virginia. The mine is operated by Black Castle Mining Co., a subsidiary of Massey Energy. The mine had 252 workers, operating six days per week and producing an average of 11,700 tons of coal daily from six separate pits.[1]

In April 2009 Massey idled the Mine, citing "market conditions." A skeleton crew is currently keeping the mine going. Massey Energy Executives plan to take a look at the overall mine plan. The goal is to continue to bring small groups of workers back as demand increases.[2] In June 2012 Alpha said it was scaling back production at the Black Castle Surface Mine as well as the Republic Surface Mine, due to a declining 2012 export market for Europe.[3]

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Mine Data

  • MSHA ID: 4607009
  • Operator: Black Castle Mining
  • Controller: Massey Energy Company
  • Union:
  • County: Boone
  • State: WV
  • Latitude: 38.01
  • Longitude: -81.57
  • 2007 Production (short tons): 1,337,541
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mining Method: Underground
  • Mine Status: Active
  • Average No. of Employees: 101

Contact Details

Black Castle Mining Co.
Sylvester, West Virginia

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References

  1. "Coal Mine Fatal Accident Investigation Report", Mine Safety and Health Administration website, February 1, 2006
  2. Amanda Barren, "Massey Energy Idles Black Castle Mine, 300 Affected" WSAZ 3 News Channel, April 10, 2009
  3. Vicki Smith, "Alpha set to close 2 W.Va. mines, cut back at others," Associated Press, June 28, 2012.