MORGANTOWN (AP) — The operator of a West Virginia mine featured on Spike TV’s reality show “Coal” is being sued for failing to pay production royalties.
Encoal Energy and Gopher Land Services sued Canadian-owned Cobalt Coal Co. for breach of contract this week in U.S. District Court in Bluefield, claiming it stopped payments in May.
The companies say Cobalt agreed in July 2010 to pay them 4 percent of the average gross sales price per ton of coal sold, as long as that price remained under $95 per ton.
Some months, Cobalt made those payments. In others, they were made by its “alter-ego,” Westchester Coal LP.
Cobalt didn’t immediately comment and has yet to file a response.
A Spike spokeswoman, meanwhile, tells The Associated Press there won’t be another season of the show.