Buckskin Mining Co. in Wyoming has laid off 60 workers in response to lower production and a deteriorating market for Powder River Basin coal. Workers were notified and were expected to be paid through April 2, as reported by the Casper Star-Tribune.
The announcement comes a week after the company decided to reduce the workforce in the coming weeks in response to demand.
The mine north of Gillette has produced 4.3 million tons (3.9 million metric tonnes) of coal in the final quarter of 2019, according to the U.S. Mining Safety and Health Administration. A first-quarter report reflecting numbers so far in 2020 has not yet been released.
The company will do what it can to assist affected workers in finding other jobs, parent company Kiewit Corp., spokeswoman Jessica Jensen told the Gillette News Record.