CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Coal production in Wyoming dropped during the spring after a surge of production at the state’s mines through fall and winter, federal coal mine regulators said.
Wyoming produced 72 million tons of coal between April and June. From January to March, mines produced about 80 million tons, the Mine Safety and Health Administration said.
The drop in production is not cause for alarm, said Travis Deti, executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association.
“It’s not unusual for a second quarter to be a little bit lower if you look back historically,” he said. “We are still well up from where we were last year.”
The 2016 second quarter was the lowest period of production in decades and began with mass layoffs at the largest mines in the state, the Casper Star-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2uQgHWt ).
This year, miners dug about 20 percent more coal from beneath the
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