Wyoming's last underground coal mine closes in November
September 23, 2021
With additional reporting from the Casper Star-Tribune via the Wyoming News Exchange
A letter from Bridger Coal Company to Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo signals the end of underground coal mining in Wyoming.
Dated Sept. 3, the letter notifies the mayor of plans to permanently close Bridger Coal’s underground mine. The closure is anticipated to take place “on or after” Nov. 19. According to the letter, 94 employees are impacted by the closure. Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements won’t have bumping rights, but they will have bidding rights to the surface operations....