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Hopedale coal mine closes, leaving about 100 out of work

15 Sep 2020

A coal mine in Hopedale closed permanently last week, leaving around 100 area residents without jobs.
 
Harrison County Commissioner Paul Coffland said Friday that Hopedale Mining LLC closed its doors last week, less than two months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Rhino Resource Partners of Kentucky, the mine’s parent company, made its bankruptcy filing in late July.
 
The Hopedale coal mine was reopened in 2005 after Rhino Resource Partners invested in the facility. Prior to the investment it had been closed since 1987.
 
Coffland said county officials are unaware of what caused the mine to close so abruptly.