Consol lays off 80 after sale of West Virginia coal mines to Murray Energy

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Consol Energy Inc. has begun notifying about 80 employees about layoffs following the close of its deal with Murray Energy Corp.

The Cecil-based company completed the sale of five West Virginia coal mines on Thursday in a deal valued at $3.5 billion.

That evening, it started laying off people across several departments involved in business support for coal operations, including human resources, coal engineering, accounting, IT, purchasing, marketing and land resources.

The headcount reductions are part of Consol’s promised $65 million in cost savings expected to be realized next year.

No further layoffs are planned, said Tommy Johnson, a spokesman for Consol.

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