Mont. Coal Mine's Future Uncertain As Layoffs Loom
Ambre claims in countersuit that Cloud Peak is trying to close down Decker in order to eliminate competition for its nearby Spring Creek Mine, which has increased production in recent years in part due to more coal exports to Asia.
Ambre contends Decker operated at a "significant profit" prior to 2009, and that there are tens of millions of tons of coal still in place at the mine site that could be economically extracted.
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