Work Begins on New Coal Mine in McLean County

By Associated Press | 

BEECH GROVE, Ky. (AP) — A Lexington company says it has begun work on a coal mine in western Kentucky that is expected to begin production next year and eventually employ up to 250 miners.

Rhino Resource Partners Vice President Chad Hunt told the Messenger-Inquirer that the company is excavating at the site where the Riveredge Mine will be located in McLean County on the Green River. He said excavations are expected to last until the end of the year and coal production is expected to begin by next June.

Hunt says the mine will initially employ 67 workers but plans to add miners as coal production increases. He said there could be 225-250 miners employed at the site within three years.

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