But even if the war is over, the long-term economic outlook for the industry isn't good.
Westmoreland has 14 mines and a power plant in the U.S. and Canada, faces declining demand and is more than $1 billion in debt.
The president of the Colorado Mining Association is “feeling confident that we’ve reached stability in terms of the six remaining mines in Colorado.”
The plan calls for closing two older units at the Comanche Generating Station — one in 2022 and one in 2025. A third, newer unit would keep operating.
Peabody says the lease would help the mine to continue at its current employment level of 365 people and generate about $13 million in royalties, half of which would go to Colorado.
A contemporary art museum might be the last thing you’d expect to find in this southern Colorado town with a working-class past.
Greek coal miners were called freedom fighters and the bone and sinew of the strike that ignited the 1914 Ludlow massacre in southern Colorado
To see the worst of the coal slump in Colorado, look no further than the state’s North Fork Valley. Since 2013, two out of three mines have closed.
Valley leaders aren’t waiting to see if promises to the coal industry are delivered. Instead, they’re seeking to build their own path.
Colorado has about half the mining jobs it had a decade ago. Local officials want to replicate a Western Slope project that turns methane waste into electricity.