This week, Governor Matt Mead announced a new milestone: Wyoming will mine its ten billionth ton of coal in May. According to the EIA, “The Powder River Basin in northeastern Wyoming is the largest coal-producing region in the Nation, accounting for nearly two-fifths of all coal mined in the United States.”
“This is a significant achievement for our state and country. Coal mining has provided thousands of jobs in Wyoming over the last 150 years, all the while fueling America’s economy,” Governor Mead said. “Coal has helped make America great because it is an affordable and reliable source of energy. It keeps the lights on in our homes and powers America’s industries.”
The announcement also applauded two Wyoming-based mines Arch Coal’s Black Thunder Mine and Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine—that accounted for 20% of all U.S. coal production in 2012 combined. Overall, 401 million tons of coal were produced in Wyoming last year.
Coal fuels American homes and businesses with affordable and reliable energy, and will continue to play a vital role in our nation’s energy mix.