Blackjewel's Eagle Butte Mine

Heavy equipment is seen working all around a large open pit at the Eagle Butte coal mine just north of Gillette. Blackjewel's Eagle Butte Mine was one of two closed this week as the company filed for bankruptcy. More than 600 workers at the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayre mines lost their jobs with the action. (Photo by Rhianna Gelhart, Gillette News Record)

GILLETTE – Two of the 10 largest coal mines in the country shut down Monday and locked out employees after Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings fell apart for parent company Blackjewel LLC, pushing the company closer to liquidation.

The mines that shut down, Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr, are the fourth- and sixth-largest coal mines in the U.S., according to the federal Energy Information Administration. In 2017, the most recent data available, the mines extracted a combined total of more than 33 million short tons of Powder River Basin coal. That’s enough to power the entire state of Wyoming, plus roughly 100,000 additional households.

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