Colo. mine reopens to meet demand for coking coal

DENVER — A southeastern Colorado coal mine shuttered for two decades is getting ready to reopen, creating 400 jobs.

The Denver Post reports that Las Animas County — hit hard by job losses in the oil and gas industry — is happy to be getting lumps of coal for Christmas.

Most of the 400 jobs will go to outsiders because there are few experienced coal miners in the area anymore. However, officials still think the influx of outside workers should help the real estate market. They also say area businesses could benefit if there’s a need for additional roads and buildings.

Toronto-based Cline Mining Corp. bought the mine in 2008. It plans to start mining coking coal, used in making steel, by the end of the year. Demand for it has soared, especially in Asia.


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