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March 2017

An Old Sheridan Coal Mine Shows Signs of Life

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Sheridan County hasn’t experienced active coal mining since the last coal operation ceased in the 1980s, though it was once a booming coal community peppered with company towns.

That may soon change.

Cloud Peak Energy, which operates the Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines in Campbell County, recently applied for a federal permit to enhance roads and a rail spur between the non-operational Youngs Creek north of Ranchester and the bustling Spring Creek mine in Montana. The construction will facilitate the moving of equipment, coal and personnel between the two mines.

The Gillette-based company is also awaiting review of a major revision to its permit to mine at Youngs Creek from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

Meanwhile, the proposed Brook Mine, owned by Lexington, Kentucky-based Ramaco, is just south of Young’s Creek. It would be the first new coal operation in Wyoming in about 50 years.

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