600+ out of work after Campbell County coal mines close doors

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Two coal mines near Gillette, Wyoming shuttered their doors this week after the parent company, Blackjewel LLC filed bankruptcy. More than 600 workers are without jobs after Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in the Powder River Basin closed.

The Gillette Workforce Center will provide informational sessions to those affected by these mine closures.

In releases on Tuesday, congressional leaders reacted to the closures. Rep. Liz Cheney and Sen. Mike Enzi say they are devastated by the news of the closures.

“This kind of unexpected, mass layoff does not benefit anyone,” said a release from Sen. Enzi. “It immediately affects our families, friends and neighbors in very real ways. It ripples through our communities, our state and our economy. This is not the first time we have faced such heartbreaking news, but I am always amazed by the strength of our community to help those in need.”

In 2016, nearly 500 miners were laid off in Campbell County when Arch Coal and Peabody Energy Corporation announced mass layoffs in the area. 

According to Rep. Cheney, regulations on coal over past years are still being felt in the area, “causing pain in Wyoming.”

“Coal from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin is the cleanest in the world and provides power to 27 states,” said a release from Rep. Cheney.

Both Rep. Cheney and Sen. Enzi say they are heading to Gillette this week to meet with those affected.

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