The producer cited “continued market deterioration” for its decision, which will include the loss of 68 of its 109-worker payroll.

“Some of the affected employees will be relocated where possible to fill vacancies in other parts of the business; however, layoffs are unfortunately unavoidable,” BRP COO Gene DiClaudio said. “The mine will remain idle while the market for Bowie No. 2 coal is evaluated.”

Bowie No. 2, located near Paonia, is one of several western operations owned by BRP. Combined, the producer had 14 million tons in sales last year.