BILLINGS, Mont. — Coal production in Montana continues to drop, with mines yielding about a third less this spring than in 2015.
The Billings Gazette reports that between January and May, Montana produced 9.6 million tons of coal, down 4 million tons compared to the same four months a year earlier.
Bud Clinch of the Montana Coal Council says Montana mines are on pace to dig about 28 million tons of coal in 2016; 42 million less than in 2015. Clinch says the sluggish mines will likely hurt state tax revenue.