Cloud Peak Production Drop Won't Affect Workforce

Spring Creek Mine -- Photo Provided
Spring Creek Mine -- Photo Provided

A drop in production output for Cloud Peak Energy which owns and operates two coal mines that employ people from both Sheridan and Johnson counties will not effect the workforce.

We talked with a company representative after receiving a news release earlier in the week that stated production for the year would be down two-to-three million tons, from previous estimates of 85 and 89 million tons to between 83 and 86 million Tons.

Rick Curtsinger is the company's manager of media relations. He said they weren't anticipating any cutbacks, just reassignments if necessary. The company is based out of Gillette at their Cordero Rojo mine, and also owns and operates the Spring Creek Mine, which is located 35 miles north of Sheridan across the border into Montana. Curtsinger said there are 270 people working at the Spring Creek Mine and 600 at the Cordero Rojo.

As of last year, he said the Cordero Rojo was the third largest coal mine in the country and the Spring Creek the seventh. The drop in production predicted for the year has been blamed on congested railroad lines and flooding in August due to heavy rainfall which damaged equipment at the Cordero Rojo site.

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