New Wyoming mine owner at odds with Komatsu over big shovels

Wyoming News January 23, 2020


New Wyoming mine owner at odds with Komatsu over big shovels

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP)   –   The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines is at odds with the owner of two huge industrial shovels. Komatsu says Eagle Specialty Materials is using its shovels without permission and compensation and has asked a West Virginia bankruptcy judge to enable Komatsu to reclaim its property.

Eagle Specialty Materials claims in court filings the shovels were part of its deal to buy the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines after the bankruptcy of Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel in 2019.

Eagle Specialty Materials says the shovels are essential to keeping the mines open and hundreds of miners at work.

“If the automatic stay is lifted, the two Wyoming mines will not be able to operate and hundreds of coal miners and related workers will immediately be out of work, leaving their financial future in doubt,” Eagle Specialty Materials said  in a response to Komatsu’s claims.

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