A coal company has laid off 200 miners in Pennsylvania because of a state environmental ruling that limits mining beneath a park creek in western Pennsylvania.
CNX Coal Resources, a spinoff of Consol Energy, issued the temporary layoff notices Tuesday at its Bailey Mine complex.
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The company is contesting last month's ruling by the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board restricting mining within 100 feet of Kent Run, a stream in Ryerson Station State Park.
The companies say the stream buffer would mean leaving 360,000 tons of coal worth more than $15 million in the ground.
The state Department of Environmental Resources sued Consol claiming longwall mining caused a dam at Ryerson to leak, forcing the agency to drain Duke Lake in 2005. The parties settled in 2013.