Community reacts to Carlisle mine closure

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CARLISLE Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Monday evening, Hallador Energy announced the closure of the Carlisle Sunrise Mine, leaving community members with questions of the town’s future.

President of the Sullivan County Council, Robert Davis said, when Hallador idled production in January, they still had hope of production starting back up. Now those hopes are gone.

“I’m trying to figure out how to explain to everybody what’s going to happen next. I feel like a lot of the world has turned against coal.”

Davis mentioned in addition to this closure, Sullivan County is also losing Hoosier Energy in the retirement of the Merom plant.

Sullivan County Public Librarian Cheryl Goodman said the closure was expected, but adds she wished their was another way to keep it open.

“Over the years, so many things have closed that there’s just no way to revitalize anything around here.”

She said she’s hopeful that state and local governments will step in to try to get jobs back into the community.

Davis agreed and mentioned that the county economic development will work to bring more to the communities affected by this.

“I know people are always talking to our economic director about different possibilities.”

He said we have to keep hope in moving forward.

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