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Alpha lays off 37 more at its mines in Wyoming


Alpha Natural Resources is laying off 37 workers at its Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte mines in northeast Wyoming.

The Gillette News Record reports the layoffs announced last week represent about 6.5 percent of Alpha’s 563 workers at the two mines.

Low prices and weak market conditions have led Powder River Basin mines to lay off more than 500 workers since January in Wyoming.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration reports that at the end of the first quarter of 2016, Belle Ayr employed 271 workers, while Eagle Butte had 292. It wasn’t made clear how many of the overall 37 layoffs came from each mine.

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources, which has operations in Letcher County, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in August.

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