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BNSF closes Wyoming facilities amid steady decline in coal production

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CASPER, Wyo. – BNSF Railway is closing maintenance facilities in Donkey Creek and Guernsey, according to a statement from the company.

The Donkey Creek facility will close on June 5, and the Guernsey shop will close on July 7.

The two facilities will result in the combined loss of 130 jobs.

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The closures are “in response to our customers’ changing business conditions and projected lower demand for rail cars to ship commodities. This announcement is specific to our mechanical forces,” said BNSF in a statement sent by email.

“We understand the significant impact this has on our employees and the communities in which they live,” said the statement, adding some employees might be eligible for relocation to other locations in the company.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal production in the country has declined by over 22 percent since this time last year.

The energy sector in Wyoming has been on a difficult path for some time. Oil revenue was seen as a bright spot until price wars and the global COVID-19 pandemic caused a market crash.