With all eyes on coal’s much discussed decline, another staple of the state’s energy economy has tumbled dramatically.
Elected officials serving in Cheyenne and D.C. react to the sudden closure of two Powder River Basin mines.
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.
Reliable employment that’s capable of supporting a middle class family lifestyle is hard to come by in Wyoming, but wages are soaring for top earners in the public and private sectors.
Less money spent on government assistance programs means healthier state budgets, and could also result in more parents spending time with their families.