Massey Energy said in a press release late Wednesday that it is considering voluntarily idling a Pike County mine that federal safety regulators have taken to court.
The mine operated by Sidney Coal Co. and Freedom Energy Co. in Sidney is a large, old mine of the type Massey is considering shutting down.
"The operation has struggled to comply with newer MSHA standards," Massey said.
Massey chairman and CEO Don Blankenship visited the mine Oct. 29 during a company-wide shut-down for safety training and hazard correction.
"Massey does not believe the mine is unsafe. However, due to the mine's age and size, the Company is considering idling the mine until it can ensure that the mine will meet current MSHA standards," the company said.