Galatia Coal Mine Set to Close

Galatia Coal Mine Set to Close

St. Louis — A Galatia mine is set to close according to an announcement made by its parent company yesterday. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Murray Energy Corporation is planning to close New Era Mine in Galatia by the middle of next year. 44 hourly workers and 6 salary employees were also laid off effective immediately. A statement from the company blames the closing on what they call “the ongoing destruction of the United States Coal Industry…and the increased utilization of natural gas to generate electricity.”