WY,MT coal miners laid off amid drop in electricity use

Wyoming News April 24, 2020

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WY,MT coal miners laid off amid drop in electricity use

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Three hundred miners and other workers are being laid off as the struggling western U.S. coal industry contends with diminished electricity use during the coronavirus pandemic.

Navajo Transitional Energy Company says 73 workers at the Spring Creek mine in southeastern Montana and 57 at the Antelope mine in northeastern Wyoming are losing their jobs.

St. Louis-based Peabody Energy meanwhile announced Thursday it is laying off 170 at Wyoming’s largest coal mine, North Antelope Rochelle.

Both companies cited economic conditions and declining coal demand.

Source: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune

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