High Plains District Office

Powder River Basin Coal

Coal Links

PRB Restoration 

History of the Coal Progam

General Information (FAQs)

Lease Maps 

PRB Documents

Data Adequacy Standards
Leases by Application

Permitted Production Info. 

Actual Production Info. 

PRB Coal Review 

The coal mines in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin produced about 382 million short tons in 2014 and employed over 6,500 personnel.

Quick Facts

  • The electricity used by one out of every five homes and businesses in the US is produced from coal mined in Wyoming.
  • Over 100 coal trains enter Wyoming empty and leave loaded and bound for all points daily.
  • Nearly one in six Wyoming workers are directly or indirectly employed in coal development.
  • The largest US coal mine, Black Thunder, lies within the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin.


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High Plains District Office  |  2987 Prospector Drive  |  Casper, WY 82604-2968

307-261-7600  |  Fax: 307-261-7587  |  Email: casper_wymail@blm.gov  |  Office hours: 7:45am - 4:30pm, M-F