Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Phelps Dodge Warns Of 2,300 Layoffs.

Byline: Aaron Baca Journal Staff Writer

* Mining company alerts N.M., Ariz. workers to possible cutbacks or a shutdown because of California's energy crisis

Nearly 1,600 Phelps Dodge mining jobs in southern New Mexico are in jeopardy because of California's continuing power crisis, the company announced Thursday.

Phelps Dodge said it may have to cut back or even halt operations at its Chino and Tyrone mines and at its Sierrita site in Arizona threatening more than 2,300 total jobs because of rising energy costs.

The company has not yet made a decision about the jobs, but has notified employees their jobs could be cut.

"There could be a curtailment or even a shutdown," said Richard Peterson, a company spokesman in Silver City. "This is the impact of the energy crisis in California. …

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