Forty-four percent of coal mined in the U.S. comes from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. The coal from this region powers a significant amount of the nation’s electricity, generating jobs and opportunities at the mines. But the industry is at odds with ranching families who have worked the land for generations.


Camera and sound by Jeff Mittelstadt and Mimi Schiffman
Editing by Mimi Schiffman
Graphics by Sarah Riazati


U.S. Energy Information Administration