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Jerry Nettleton, right, environmental manager at Twentymile Mine, chats Tuesday with state representatives Jerry Sonnenberg, left, and Randy Baumgardner, center, during the Colorado Coal & Power Generation Conference barbecue at Loudy-Simpson Park. On Tuesday morning Nettleton updated more than 70 people attending the conference about Twentymile’s future expansion into the Sage Creek reserve.

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Despite a sense of doom and gloom surrounding the coal mining industry due to increased government regulations, Twentymile Mine officials announced Tuesday they are pushing forward with plans to expand into their Sage Creek reserve. Twentymile, owned by St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, is Routt County’s largest employer and the top coal producer in the state. In 2011 Twentymile’s 480 employees, 60 percent of whom commute from Moffat County, mined 7.75 million tons of coal. But with reserves thinning at Peabody’s Twentymile Mine, located near Oak Creek, company officials last year made the decision to begin the expansion process into the Sage Creek reserve.

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