Mike Cooley, one of 59 workers laid off from the Decker Coal mine along the Montana-Wyoming border, discusses his future job prospects at his house in Sheridan, Wyo., with his wife and 2-year-old son in the background. Hundreds of millions of tons of coal remain at Decker, in the heart of the nation's largest coal-producing region, but slackening demand prompted its owners to lay off almost half its workers this month.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Friday, January 25th, 2013
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SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Hundreds of millions of tons of coal, packed into seams up to 60 feet thick, are still to be had beneath the rock-strewn hillsides speckled with snow that rise up along the remote Montana-Wyoming border.