White Flame Surface Mine

From Global Energy Monitor

White Flame Surface Mine is a surface coal mining operation in Mingo County, West Virginia, United States.


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2012 Mine closing

On September 18, 2012, Alpha said it was immediately closing eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, cutting production by 16 million tons. They are a mix of deep and surface mines, all non-union operations. To meet the production cut the company said it will use a combination of mine and equipment idlings, production curtailments, and "mining out reserves" through early 2013. Alpha plans to shift its operations away from thermal coal used in domestic power generation to concentrate on metallurgical coal used in steelmaking overseas.[1] Altogether, the firm idled four mines in West Virginia, three in Virginia, and one in Pennsylvania:[2]

Mine Data

  • MSHA ID: 4608632
  • Operator: Lexington Coal Company
  • Controller: Lexington Coal Holdings
  • Union:
  • Location: Mingo, West Virginia, United States
  • Coorindates: 37.690131, -82.144800
  • Production (short tons): 0.077923 million tons (2020)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mining Method: Surface
  • Mine Status: Active
  • Average No. of Employees: 92

Articles and resources

Related GEM.wiki articles


  1. Vicki Smith, "Alpha closing 8 mines, cutting 1,200 jobs in all," Sep. 18, 2012.
  2. Mannix Porterfield, "Alpha to close four W.Va. mines," Register-Herald Reporter, September 19, 2012.

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