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Rail Engineers Say Poor Working Conditions Behind Labor Shortage That Stunted Wyoming Coal Production

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Wyoming lost out on 50 million tons of coal production last year because of limited rail capacity. Rail companies say a labor shortage prevented more shipments, but current and retired engineers say if the rail companies treated their people better, there would be no labor shortage.

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Lack Of Trains Cost Wyoming $100 Million In Coal Revenue In 2022

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Trains move coal from Black Thunder Mine in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. (Getty Images)

Wyoming coal mines would have produced about 300 million tons of coal in 2022, but were ultimately about 50 million tons short of that because there weren’t enough trains to ship it out. This translates to $100 million in lost revenue to the state of Wyoming.

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Facing ‘Clear And Present Danger’ From Anti-Coal Policies, Wyoming Lawmakers OK More Money To Sue

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The Wyoming Legislature had appropriated $1.2 million for Wyoming to sue other states that have regulations that harm Wyoming’s coal industry. A committee Monday approved a bill allowing the governor more broad authority to spend the money.

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U.S. Coal Groups Say Blackouts In Europe & Energy Shortfalls In U.S. Prove Need For Coal

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The Naughton coal-fired power plant in Kemmerer. (Getty Images)

U.S. coal groups are banding together to push back against further shutdowns of coal-fired power plants. They say the blackouts in Europe and severe energy problems in some parts of the U.S. prove that coal is essential.

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Arch’s Wyoming Coal Mines Has Great 3rd Quarter But Still Has Plans To Shut Everything Down

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Trains move coal from Black Thunder Mine in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. (Getty Images)

Arch Resources posted its third quarter results for fiscal year 2022 on Thursday, which shows its operations in the Powder River Basin did well, but company executives say the long-term outlook is bleak.

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With Rail Strike Looming, Wyoming Has The Coal To Ship But Can’t Get Enough Trains

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The demand for coal has risen and Wyoming coal producers can significantly increase production but they can’t get the trains to carry it. “The market is there if Wyoming could just get it out on trains,” the governor’s office said.

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