Southern Illinois village braces for coal mine closure

Residents of the small southern Illinois village of Galatia are bracing for the fallout of the closure of a coal mine planned next year.
    
Murray Energy Corp. announced last week that it expects to close American Coal Company’s New Era mine in mid-2016. Its sister mine in Galatia, New Future, is expected to keep operating. The two mines employed about 700 people before layoffs earlier this year.
    
Village mayor David Harrawood tells the Southern Illinoisan that the mine’s closure "impacts everybody," including trucking businesses, stores and their vendors. Rick Lane, who owns trashing hauling and disposal operations, says it will be "awful when it goes down," as American Coal Company is his biggest monthly customer.
    
The village had a population of 933 people in the 2010 census.

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