The coal company’s new management hopes to have a plan by Friday, lawyers told a bankruptcy judge over the weekend.
More than 100 miners visited the local Workforce Services office after Blackjewel LLC shuttered two coal mines. DEQ rushed to check empty mines for hazards.
The governor restated his interest in carbon capture days before a coal company reportedly laid off nearly 600 workers. A leading Dem clashed with his position.
Neither Cheney, Enzi nor Barrasso have backed measures that would let Kemmerer miners and retirees keep health insurance benefits after coal bankruptcy.
Buffeted by economic forces beyond their control, union members fight payouts for mid-level managers while seeking to save their pensions and health care.