Feds approve expansion of Wyoming coal mine

Rock Springs, Wyo. – The Bridger Coal mine in southwestern Wyoming is expanding its operations to approximately another 2,000 acres.

The expansion was approved last week by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The expansion includes new lease holdings on private land bordering the mine 35 miles northeast of Rock Springs.

The mine, which provides coal to the adjacent Jim Bridger Power Plant, is already the largest in Sweetwater County. The plant provides electricity to customers of Salt Lake City-based PacifiCorp and Idaho Power in Wyoming and five other Western states.