Spring Creek Mine

The Spring Creek Mine in northeast Wyoming is under new ownership after Cloud Peak Energy declared bankruptcy in May. This mine is one of approximately 15 in the Powder River Basin. Photo courtesy of Cloud Peak Energy

Editor’s note: The information in this story was current as of Sept. 1.

Coal mines in the Powder River Basin have weathered a tumultuous summer. Two mines in Campbell County were abruptly shut down after Blackjewel LLC declared bankruptcy, leaving the mines unattended and hundreds of workers jobless. Cloud Peak Energy is under new ownership after also declaring bankruptcy and securing a purchase agreement while remaining in operation.

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