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Gillette coal mine to lay off employees

June 29, 2012 3:26 pm  • 

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Buckskin Mining Co. told its employees Friday that some workers at the mine in Campbell County will be laid off during the next few weeks.

Tom Janssen is a spokesman with Omaha, Neb.-based Kiewit Corp., which owns the mine.

Janssen says specifics of the layoffs are still being determined.

He says the decision is driven by the downturn in the coal market.

In 2011, Buckskin mine produced 25 million tons of coal in the Powder River Basin.

During the first quarter of 2012, the mine produced 4.9 million tons of coal, down from the first quarter of 2011, when it produced 6.2 million tons.

Other mines in northeast Wyoming also have cut back on labor and equipment costs.