The story of coal mining in Wyoming is full of irony.
It is the state’s first national coal mine.
It was built on the ashes of a destroyed mine.
And its workers are still fighting to survive the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining.
It’s also a major contributor to the state budget.
And it’s an industry that has grown into one of the most powerful political forces in the state, drawing coal-producing Wyoming coal into the state for years.
But what makes this state so uniquely positioned to take advantage of the changing face of the American coal industry?
And how did it get there?
The story of the Wyoming coal industry dates back to the 19th century.
The Powder River Basin is the epicenter of the United States’ coal industry.
As recently as the 1960s, Wyoming was one of just five states to have a state coal boom.
But as coal mining boomed in the area, a new problem cropped up.
The Powder River is a highly acidic, hot, and dense area, making it difficult to mine coal.
It also is one of only two states with no natural gas or oil extraction.
The other two are California and Texas.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that Wyoming began exporting its coal to other parts of the country.
As the mining industry expanded, more and more people moved into the Powder River Valley to make room for coal miners to live and work in the harsh conditions.
As a result, the region became more densely populated and coal mines became a popular place for families to stay during the summer months.
And the new workers were drawn to the mines.
With the advent of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), Wyoming became a hotbed of shale gas production.
In the early 2000s, a boom in the industry led to a surge in prices.
But soon, the price of natural gas was rising even faster than coal.
The shale gas boom helped the industry take off, but not without a cost.
As the fracking process heated up, the cost of water to extract and store the gas increased, which meant that coal mines in the Powder Valley began to close.
As these coal mines closed, so did the jobs.
Many miners left the industry and moved into other parts in the region, where they made more money.
That means the mining boom in Wyoming has become a boom for the coal companies.
In 2016, the U.S. coal industry lost more than 13,000 jobs, according to the American Association of Coal Mining Companies.
According to the U, the coal sector employs more than 2.3 million people, or nearly one-quarter of all workers in the U the country, and employs nearly 2 million people in Wyoming alone.
The boom was particularly tough on families, as many miners were laid off in the downturn, leaving many families to work on construction sites or as laborers.
This made it more difficult for young families to afford to send their children to college.
But the economic impact of the Powder Rain was felt far beyond the Powder and the other states that were impacted.
The economic impact has been felt throughout the state.
In Wyoming, the Powder is a major source of jobs.
Mining is one sector of the economy that is heavily dependent on the coal fields.
The industry employs more people in the country than any other industry.
But that hasn’t stopped the Powder from becoming an important part of the state and its economy.
The state is also home to the largest coal production in the nation.
Wyoming produces about 1.5 million tons of coal annually, and the Powder can supply up to 4.5 billion cubic feet of natural-gas annually.
In addition, the state has about 20 million acres of coal reserves, enough to supply the nation for an estimated five years.
The economic impact to Wyoming has also been devastating for families.
As coal mining workers in Wyoming become more and less skilled, the economic pressures of the boom have also created a shortage of workers.
This has forced more and better-paying jobs to be moved from other parts the state to other states.
In fact, in 2018, Wyoming lost more coal miners than it had jobs in the year before.
The impact on the Powder, however, has been far from short-lived.
The boom has also caused a decline in the prices of coal.
In 2020, the average price of coal in Wyoming was about $1.75 per ton, and it has fallen to $1 per ton in 2021.
As an economist from the University of Wyoming put it, “coal prices have been falling dramatically in the past three years.”
So, how has Wyoming been able to take its coal out of the ground?
How have the Powder’s mining industry been able remain a part of Wyoming for so long?
A little history is in order.
In 1872, a mining boom was started in Wyoming, and its growth led to the creation of the nation’s first coal mining industry.
At the time, there were no mines