Wyoming won’t lose its spot as the US’ coal capital any time soon: The sparsely populated state continues to host almost every major coal mine in the country, making it the largest American coal producer by far. Other states don’t even come close: The biggest coal mine outside of Wyoming last year, Freedom, barely produced one-tenth of what Wyoming’s biggest mine put out, and its production couldn’t even top Wyoming’s seventh-biggest coal mine.
But unlike in 2012 when Wyoming was home to nine of the US’ ten biggest coal mines, the Cowboy State had a bit more competition last year. North Dakota’s Freedom mine has taken the spot of the US’ tenth biggest coal producer, as Wyoming’s Caballo slid off the top-ten chart. All production figures are in metric tonnes.
Here are the top-ten biggest US coal mines in 2013 in terms of production. The information is based on data provided by InfoMine.
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The biggest mines aren’t always the ones with the most workers. Here are the same mines based on staff numbers rather than production volumes.
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