(WNE) – Blackjewel LLC President and CEO Jeff Hoops is offering to front the money to keep his bankrupt coal mining operations running if his money is secured as senior priority to be paid back during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

It’s a last-ditch attempt to salvage the company’s Chapter 11 filing and keep open the Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte mines in Campbell County, which combined to produced about 35.5 million tons of coal in 2018.

The motion comes a day after the abrupt shutting down of operations that immediately put 580 Campbell County coal mine workers out of jobs.

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