JASONVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - Buried deep underground in Greene County, Indiana is a very marketable mineral, coal. The black rock gives the area light, money, and most importantly, jobs.
However, just like electricity is powered by coal, those jobs are powered by a paycheck, one that hasn't come.
"I'm owed just over a hundred hours myself and I've not been employed there for over three weeks," said Marcus Napier. Napier is a former employee at Landree Mine in Jasonville, Indiana.
Napier is one of dozens of employees owed thousands of dollars; weeks of work and nothing to show for it. He says it's was even an problem when he started at the mine six months ago.
"It was a constant battle," said Napier. "Week to week it was a constant battle,"
These postponed paychecks are even putting some employees in trouble with the law.
"One man's been arrested, several have been threatened to go to jail because their child support isn't being paid," said Napier. "It's been coming out of their checks, but it hasn't been going to the courthouse where it's owed."
For some, it's not an issue with the law, but with health care. Along with infrequent paychecks came dropped coverage, forcing employees to pay much more for prescriptions and doctor visits.
After finally being laid-off this week, the patience shown by many miners finally came to a end Friday with another blank check. It was their fourth consecutive one.
"We all wanted to see it succeed, because when it was good, it was real good," said Napier "I'm not even there and I want to see it go."
A steel gate prevents anyone from even stepping foot on the property. However, an official did come out and say the big problem doesn't lie here in Jasonville, but with how coal all across America is being mined.
"It's really tough right now under the current administration to come up with financing to do different projects," said David Smith. "There's minds struggling all over the United States right now."
Smith is the superintendent at Landree Mine. He says the industry of coal mining won't improve until rigid regulations are relaxed by the government.
"In the Midwest to the east, there's mines going out of business left and right, laying coal miners off," said Smith.
News 10 did speak with Rick Risinger, the CEO of the Landree Mine. He did not want Mr. Smith speaking directly about this situation. News 10 is meeting with Mr. Risinger Monday and will have more details about the Landree Mine Monday night on MyFox10 and Nightwatch.
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