An Australian coal company that wants to mine Powder River Basin coal has hired a Wyoming state lawmaker as
The Gillette News Record (http://bit.ly/rrhxjt ) reported that
Republican Rep. David Miller of Riverton sold his Campbell County
mineral rights to Sydney-based County Coal Limited for $200,000 in
March. Miller, a geologist, now holds one million shares in the
company and will get 3 percent royalty payments on coal mined in
the basin, one of the richest coal sources in the United States.
Miller said he will recuse himself from any votes in the
legislature that directly affect County Coal projects. He said
votes on coal issues in general aren't as clear cut.
County Coal didn't respond to the newspaper's request for more
information about its Powder River Basin plans.