Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 6:52 am
LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:
Coal demand is at its lowest in more than two decades. That's, in part, because of milder winters and a shift to cheaper natural gas. Coal companies are also facing tough new rules proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency for building new coal-fired power plants. Shares for most coal producers have taken a big hit because of these factors and the slow global economy.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
The combination has led to bankruptcy for Patriot Coal. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection in Manhattan yesterday. Patriot has a dozen active mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois Basin. Earlier in the year, the company laid off a thousand employees and scaled back production.
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