TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - State and local officials are discussing creation of an underground coal mine in Tuscaloosa County that could involve hundreds of new jobs.
The Tuscaloosa News reports the project has the potential of creating 500 new jobs, plus more positions for the construction industry as a deep underground mine is built.
The newspaper reports the new mine would be built by Walter Energy, the parent company of Jim Walter Resources.
Walter Energy's third-quarter financial report provides some details about the proposed project.
The company said in the report that it has acquired mineral rights for about 68 million tons of recoverable Blue Creek metallurgical coal reserves from a subsidiary of Chevron Corp. It said the mineral leases are expected to form the core of a planned new underground coal mine.
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