Life After Coal: One Miner's Story

Jul 29, 2016

Frank Thompson is a single dad from Douglas, Wyoming. He was laid off from Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle mine in April 2016.
Credit STEPHANIE JOYCE / WYOMING PUBLIC RADIO

On April 1, 2016, Frank Thompson lost his job as a mechanic at Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle mine. He was one of almost 500 coal miners laid off that day by Peabody and its competitor, Arch Coal. At the time, Thompson, who is a single dad, was most concerned about what being laid off would mean for his son.

"He’s seven years old, so he kind of sees it as some time to hang out," he told Inside Energy's Stephanie Joyce. "But I don’t think he really realizes that this could be us moving away from here."

Three months later, Thompson still isn’t sure what the future holds, but he’s trying to stay in Wyoming. We caught up with him at a park in his hometown of Douglas.