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Mass layoffs expected at West Virginia mine where 2 died in coal burst
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:50 AM EDT
Employees at the West Virginia mine where two men were killed during a severe coal burst were notified weeks earlier that they may lose their jobs due to mass layoffs.
The Wells mining complex includes Brody Mine No. 1, where miners Eric Legg and Gary Hensley died on Monday.
The two workers were performing a risky method known as retreat mining, where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal.
Retreat mining is considered standard practice in mines where coal reserves are running out.