Black Castle Surface Mine
Black Castle Surface Mine is a surface coal mine located near Sylvester, in Boone County, West Virginia. The mine is operated by Black Castle Mining Co., a subsidiary of Massey Energy. The mine had 252 workers, operating six days per week and producing an average of 11,700 tons of coal daily from six separate pits.
In April 2009 Massey idled the Mine, citing "market conditions." A skeleton crew is currently keeping the mine going. Massey Energy Executives plan to take a look at the overall mine plan. The goal is to continue to bring small groups of workers back as demand increases. In June 2012 Alpha said it was scaling back production at the Black Castle Surface Mine as well as the Republic Surface Mine, due to a declining 2012 export market for Europe.
- MSHA ID: 4607009
- Operator: Black Castle Mining
- Controller: Massey Energy Company
- County: Boone
- State: WV
- Latitude: 38.01
- Longitude: -81.57
- 2007 Production (short tons): 1,337,541
- Coal Type: Bituminous
- Mining Method: Underground
- Mine Status: Active
- Average No. of Employees: 101
Black Castle Mining Co.
Sylvester, West Virginia
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- "Coal Mine Fatal Accident Investigation Report", Mine Safety and Health Administration website, February 1, 2006
- Amanda Barren, "Massey Energy Idles Black Castle Mine, 300 Affected" WSAZ 3 News Channel, April 10, 2009
- Vicki Smith, "Alpha set to close 2 W.Va. mines, cut back at others," Associated Press, June 28, 2012.