Western Canadian Coal Corp will keeps its mines in Northeast BC open.

The company announced they have signed enough sales contracts to continue running the Brule and Wolverine mines.  Both of the locations have cut back operations in the past few months, but the company said Tuesday they won’t shut either site.

The new contracts are worth US$175 million go to March 31st, 2010 and the company expects to produce 1.7 million tonnes of coal from the two mines.

The Brule mine near Chetwynd saw 35 people lose their jobs earlier this year and 400 contract and company employees were given notice at the Wolverine mine near Tumbler Ridge.