The company has attributed unfavorable geological conditions in the site’s headgate area for the suspension of operations.

Employees at the mine are working to mitigate the conditions that halted the productions. However, the mine is on idle status as of 15 July, and coal shipments from the site have stopped.

Cumberland expects the production at the mine to resume after several weeks. During this period, the mine will have a reduced workforce.

Alpha Natural Resources is a major and regionally diversified coal supplier in the US, with mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

The company supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents.