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BECKLEY (WVVA) - A Russian mining company is resuming operations at some of its southern West Virginia facilities.

Mechel Bluestone said in a press release Thursday that it would resume open-pit mining operations at the Justice Energy and Dynamic Energy mining complexes.

Mining at the facilities was idled in October 2012 due to an accumulation of coal inventories, the news release said.

Operations at the Keystone complex were also idled in October. The company said mining at other facilities will resume as market conditions warrant.

Following is the full press release from Mechel:

Due to decreased coal inventories, Mechel decided to resume open-pit mining at some of Mechel Bluestone's facilities — Justice Energy and Dynamic Energy mining complexes. The complexes are due to produce some 135,000 tonnes a month.

Mining at these Mechel Bluestone facilities was temporarily halted in late October 2012 due to an accumulation of coal inventories. Mechel Bluestone's washing plants continued operating and all obligations under pre-existing contracts were met in full.

The company will resume mining at other Mechel Bluestone facilities as market conditions warrant.

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