Wyoming Powder River Basin coal production continues to slow

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Federal data shows coal production in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming continued declining during the third quarter of 2019.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the U.S. Energy Information Administration published the information Thursday showing a 7.7% decrease in year-to-date production. National coal production also fell 6.9% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter in 2018. U.S. coal consumption experienced a similar decline, decreasing 13.4% from the same period in 2018.

Utility company PacifiCorp has coal plants throughout rural Wyoming but the company says it is hastening the closure of about two-thirds of its national coal operations.