Coal miners protest at Pinnacle Mine, demand answers

Wyoming County

Around a dozen coal miners gathered to protest at Pinnacle Mine on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 to demand answers from the company. This comes after Pinnacle Mine filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday.

Employees tell 59 News they’re afraid they are going to lose their pensions and insurance, and they are not sure if they are going to get paid for their last few weeks of work. Many said their biggest worry is how they’re going to take care of their families.

State Senator Richard Ojeda joined the crowd to show his support for the miners.

Pinnacle Mine in Wyoming County is one of several coal companies that filed for bankruptcy protection. According to the bankruptcy documents, the top unsecured claim for the mine is the Trustees of the United Mine Workers Association (UMWA)  Pension and Benefits.  That claim stands at nearly $9,750,000.

A potential deal to buy the Pinnacle Mine fell though earlier this month.  The mine employs nearly 400 people.  

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