BC-WV–Patriot Coal-Bankruptcy/135

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The United Mine Workers union says it has reached collective bargaining agreements in principal with the only two bidders for the properties of bankrupt Patriot Coal.

UMW President Cecil Roberts says details of the agreements with Blackhawk Mining and an affiliate of the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund are still being completed.

Roberts says some issues must be resolved in federal bankruptcy court before the agreements are presented to union miners for a vote.

The Virginia nonprofit would acquire the Federal Mining Complex in northern West Virginia, the Corridor G Mining Complex in southern West Virginia and other mining permits for purposes of water quality improvement and land reclamation.

Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk plans to buy other Patriot complexes in southern West Virginia.

Patriot filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection May 12.


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