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PRB Coal Review - 08/12/2014

The top 10 producing coal mines in the country are located in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. These mines produced about 375 million short tons in 2012.Coal mines in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming employed over 7,000 personnel in 2010.

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