WEBSTER CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Miners at the Dotiki Mine have said since Monday that the mine is closing, but officials with Alliance had not yet released a statement.
Friday morning, Alliance Resource Partners sent out this press release.
In the press release, Alliance said “weak market conditions made this action necessary.”
Miners tell us they were told in meetings that the mine will close August 16.
The mine has been in operation since 1967 and employs more than 200 people.
People we spoke in Providence emphasized just how sad of a day it is for their small community, but they’re hopeful they’ll come out on top.
“It kind of puts a bad feeling in your stomach," John May a former Dotiki miner said. "Because you worry for the people, their houses and stuff, you know.”
“It’s sad news for our community, and not just families in our community, but businesses and organizations like the chamber and also our local government," said Chip Palmer, Providence-Webster County Chamber of Commerce President. "Coal, well you look at our logo in our city is a coal miner, so coal has been apart of this community almost as long as it’s been a community.”
Palmer worries about how the closing will impact the entire county.
“It’s a trickle down effect," Palmer said. "As a coal miner quits living in your community because they move where the job is or possibly they’re just doing a lot of commuting out of the communities so they’re not doing as much purchasing in your community.”
Community officials and miners shared with us that the miners at Dotiki will be placed at other mines owned by Alliance Resource Partners, but none of them are in Webster County.