Wyoming Coal Mine Orders Some Not To Report To Work
Hillary Clinton followed that up on March 13th, at an Ohio townhall, stating that she intends to put many more coal miners out of work as she continues Obama’s policies.
The election is not yet here, but her words are already ringing true for some coal miners in Wyoming.
The Peabody Energy North Antelope Rochelle Mine is the largest coal mine in the U.S. Located in Campbell County, Wyoming, about 65 miles south of Gillette. The mine shipped 110.9 million tons of compliance coal during 2013, and more than 1.8 billion tons since the mine began.
Tuesday, however, some employees from the mine were told not to report to work later this week, raising the possibility of layoffs.
Reported by the Casper Star-Tribune:
The two-sentence letters, hand-delivered to an unknown number of miners as they left work and obtained by the Star-Tribune, did not amount to a layoff notice. Instead, they instructed the recipients to attend a meeting in Douglas on Friday. The meeting’s purpose was not given.
A Peabody spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter.
The notices nevertheless mark an ominous sign for Peabody’s flagship mine. North Antelope Rochelle has largely avoided the cutbacks that have afflicted other mining operations. The company’s Caballo mine, which produces a lower-quality coal, cut its payroll by 67 percent, or 268 jobs between 2011 and 2015. Employment at Peabody’s Rawhide mine fell by 13 percent over the same period. The company recently announced what it termed a “small layoff” at both mines.
Payroll at North Antelope Rochelle, by contrast, increased 8 percent between the fourth quarter of 2014 and 2015. The mine finished last year with 1,432 employees, according to federal figures. Employment was up 4 percent since 2011.
But the continued market downturn and a delay in the planned $358 million sale of three mines in Colorado and New Mexico have left Peabody teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
“We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” Clinton made clear.
A group representing Ohio’s coal industry issued a scathing statement in response to Clinton’s comments.
“Hillary Clinton’s callous statements about coal miners, struggling under the weight of a hostile administration, are reprehensible and will not be forgotten,” Christian Palich, President of the Ohio Coal Association, said in a press statement. “The way Secretary Clinton spoke so nonchalantly about destroying the way of life for America’s coal families was chilling.”