A spokesman for one of the world's largest coal producers, with mines in Wyoming, said this is an “interesting” time for the industry.
Speaking recently to a couple hundred of Sheridan's business leaders, Rick Curtsinger of Cloud Peak Energy said coal remains a safe, reliable source of energy. He said coal will be the predominant energy source in South East Asia in the next two decades, and much of the fossil fuel will come from mines in
The Westshore he spoke of is the terminal in British Columbia, Canada, through which the fossil fuel is exported to Asian utility customers.
He said there are 10,000 people employed in the coal industry in Wyoming, 1,700 with his company, according to the website, and increased mining equals increased jobs and an increased tax base for the state. He said his company is widely recognized for its exemplary performance in its safety and environmental programs.
The mine near Sheridan received an excellence in surface mining and reclamation award in both 2005 and 2009 from the Office of Surface Mining. The award recognizes significant achievements in developing reclamation with hydrologic and biologic diversity and for intensive effort in establishing rare plants on reclamations. The company is a sustainable fuel supplier for approximately 4 percent of the nation’s electricity.