Hundreds of jobs hang in the balance tonight as the Ohio Valley Coal Company gets ready to close one of it’s mines.
On Monday, the company announced the closing of Powhatan Number 6 mine.
Robert Murray, chairman, president and CEO of Murray Energy, spoke one-on-one with us Tuesday morning about the closing of the mine.
He announced Monday the mine will close permanently in November.
Murray says that mine was actually closing 28 years ago when he bought it. He says he built it up from 292 employees to 711, and kept it going ever since.
“It’s a very sad chapter in my life, to close this mine. This was my first coal mine. I sold my children’s toys. I mortgaged my home to buy that mine. And through the grace of God and a loan guarantee from an electric utility, I was able with no money to buy that mine,” said Murray.
Murray says he knows each coal miner by name, and it breaks his heart to close the mine.
He says it’s the fault of Democrats in Washington and their environmental policies, that have forced him to close it.
Murray addressed a rumor that claims all Murray Energy Mines will be closing.
“I’m gonna do everything in my power, and I pray about it every day, that the Lord gives me the wisdom to keep these mines going, ’cause I still have 5,400 employees,” said Murray.