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Montana Coal Production & Employment

Production and Value

The following chart shows production for 2003 through 2012. The price per ton at the various sites depends on the quality of coal (heating value, moisture content, sulfur and ash content, etc.) but an average for Fiscal Year 2012 was $12.14 per ton making the value of that coal over $475 million. The price is established by the Department of Revenue after three state and two federal taxes are deducted.

Coal Production
Year Production
(Million Tons)
2003 37.0
2004 40.1
2005 40.6
2006 41.8
2007 43.2
2008 44.9
2009 39.6
2010 44.7
2011 42.0
2012 36.7

Source: Department of Labor & Industry, Safety Bureau

Employment and Payroll

Montana's surface mining industry furnishes some of the highest-paying and most sought-after jobs in the state. Below are the employment and payroll figures for 2012.

Employment and Payroll
Number of
Employees
Estimated
Payroll
Signal Peak Energy 316 $29,598,000
Decker Coal Co. (Est.) 143   $8,300,000
Spring Creek Coal 260 $30,382,000
Western Energy Co. 394 $26,216,000
Westmoreland Resources   88   $5,720,000
Westmoreland Savage   14   $1,500,000
Total 1,215 $101,716,000

Source: Individual Companies

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