HARRISBURG – Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) issued the following statement today in response to the announcement that Dana Mining of Pennsylvania LLC, Inc. will close its 4 West Mine near Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania:
“This announcement is devastating news for the 370 workers who will see their jobs permanently eliminated as a result of the plant closure. The Commonwealth offers a number of resources to help match employees with available jobs, and I encourage affected workers to contact me if they have questions or need assistance pertaining to any government program related to their job loss. I am hopeful that these individuals and families can find a way to move past this hardship and find new employment opportunities in our area.
“While the company stated that it is no longer cost-effective to run the mine with the technology they are using, the closure serves as a stark reminder of the importance of pursuing responsible energy policy. We can all benefit from an energy strategy that encourages the responsible development of our natural resources.
“It also highlights the importance of ensuring we have job training opportunities in the region to ensure local workers affected by coal mine closures have access to jobs with family-sustaining wages. I am thankful that a $3 million grant was recently approved for the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers to create a career training facility. The funding will help repurpose the Mining Technology and Training Center in Ruff Creek to offer job training programs in high-demand professions, such as cyber security, medical coding, diesel repair and commercial driver licensing and training programs. In order for our economy to flourish, we need to embrace pro-growth strategies for job creation and this vocational training facility does just that by equipping workers with the skills needed in emerging markets. It is critical for lawmakers in Harrisburg and Washington to understand the importance of the energy industry and what it provides to Pennsylvania communities.”
CONTACT: Katrina Anderson (717) 787-1463