Articles written by Greg Johnson

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  • Powder River Basin set to produce less than 200M tons of coal

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 9, 2020

    GILLETTE — Under the right circumstances, carbon under pressure produces diamonds. But the intense pressure from multiple fronts now squeezing Powder River Basin coal is crushing the industry. Already struggling with weakening demand for U.S. coal, the nation’s largest coal-producing region also has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with historically bad results. Through the first eight months of 2020, PRB production is nearly 25% below this time last year and hundreds of high-paying jobs have been lost. While the last four months of the...

  • Renewables top coal for 1st time

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 3, 2020

    GILLETTE — For the first time since before 1885, the annual United States energy consumption from renewable sources outpaced coal, according to a new report released Thursday by the federal U.S. Energy Information Administration. Market pressures from cheap natural gas and reduced production continues to drag down the nation’s thermal coal industry. Compared to 2018, last year’s consumption of coal in the U.S. was down nearly 15%, the EIA reports. At the same time, total consumption from renewable sources grew by 1%. Last year, coal accou...

  • 300 laid off from Powder River Basin mines

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 29, 2020

    GILLETTE — The Powder River Basin’s coal workforce shrunk by about 6% Thursday with the layoff of 300 workers from three mines. Peabody Energy Corp. employees were informed Thursday that about 170 employees have been laid off from the North Antelope Rochelle mine near Wright in Campbell County. Navajo Transitional Energy Co. also announced 130 layoffs, 73 from its Spring Creek Mine in southern Montana and 57 employees at the Antelope Mine in southern Campbell County. The layoffs represent about 6% of the 4,834 people employed by Powder River Ba...