State to do what it can for laid off Coal Miners in Campbell County–says Governor
Written by jordanmckamey on July 8, 2019
Governor Mark Gordon says the state will do what it can to help layed off workers at coal mines in Campbell County. Wendy Corr with details.
Governor Mark Gordon was in Cody Thursday for the 4th of July Stampede celebration, riding horseback in the parade that morning with his wife, Jennie, and attending the rodeo in the evening. But in between those two events, Gordon flew to and from Gillette, where the community has been hit hard by the shutdown of two coal mines – resulting in the immediate layoff of over 600 people.
Gordon, who is a rancher in Johnson County, says that it was important for he and his wife to attend the 4th of July celebration in Gillette as well as in Cody to show support for their neighbors in Campbell County.
Blackjewel LLC, one of the nation’s largest coal producers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. News outlets reported the company cited at least $500 million owed in liabilities.
Blackjewel CEO Jeff Hoops says he’s confident the company will bounce back despite the shutdown of its mines in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.