Impacted Bowie workers will receive 60 days of wages and benefits in addition to a severance package, and the miner confirmed it will offer relocation assistance to those who fill other open BRP positions.

“We regret the need to take this difficult action,” said Chief Operating Officer Gene DiClaudio. “We hope to retain as many of these valued members of the Bowie team as we can — and plan to offer positions at BRP’s other mining operations to as many affected employees as possible.

“Although we are reducing production at Bowie No. 2 at this time, we believe there may be opportunities for Colorado coal in the future — both here at home and in the global marketplace.”
In addition to Bowie, located near Paonia, BRP owns and operates three underground coal mines in Utah. As the leading western bituminous coal producer, it is projecting coal sales of 17 million tons for full-year 2014.