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Coal miner Alpha Natural files for bankruptcy protection

Aug 3 (Reuters) - Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, hurt by a steep fall in coal prices.

Alpha Natural and its affiliates operate more than 50 underground and surface mines, and more than 20 coal preparation facilities in Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. (Reporting by Manya Venkatesh and Tanvi Mehta in Bengaluru)

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