Poland has vowed to keep its disputed Turow coal mine running, despite being hit with a order to pay EUR 500,000 daily penalty to the European Commission for defying an earlier court ruling to halt operations. The Polish government said that “Coal mining, a major source of jobs and electricity in its region, would continue operations. The fine mentioned by the Court of Justice of the European Union is disproportionate to the situation and is not justified by facts. EU court's penalty undermined those talks with Czech government in the ongoing process of reaching an amicable settlement."Europe's top court, the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union, ordered the penalty last week. It followed a request from Czechia, which is locked in a dispute with Poland over the Turow open-pit mine that sits next to their shared border. The Czech government says the mine is damaging its communities.The mine, which produces lignite, or brown coal, has been operating for more than a century, but has recently expanded further towards the Czech border.