5:33 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Enviro groups sue over federal coal leases

Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit seeking to derail efforts by the federal government to lease an estimated 2 billion tons of coal near two major Wyoming mines.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. targets four recent and proposed coal lease sales in the Powder River Basin.

The Sierra Club and Wild Earth Guardians say mining and burning coal from the federal leases would release huge amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, exacerbating climate change.

6:26 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Senator Barrasso defends his criticism of EPA regulations

  U-S Senator John Barrasso continues to be critical of the Obama administration over environmental regulations that he says will cost Wyoming and the energy industry jobs. 

During an appearance on Wyoming Public Radio, Barrasso was asked why Wyoming would not be able to capitalize on regulations that could benefit the state’s low sulfur coal reserves.

“When the administration goes against what’s coming out of coal fired power plants and their closing across the country.  The makes it harder to sell any coal and use any coal.”

4:43 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

New Carbon Regulations Could Be Boom Or Bust For Wyoming

This week, the Obama administration announced new regulations  for carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants.

When the Environmental Protection Agency determined that carbon dioxide emissions were endangering the public in 2009, Ron Surdam, Director of the Carbon Management Institute at the University of Wyoming, says he saw the writing on the wall: there would be a cap on new power plant emissions, which is exactly what the EPA announced this week.

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6:16 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Coal Valuation Bill Dies

A bill that would have changed the way the coal industry is taxed has died after the sponsor removed the bill from consideration.   Senate Revenue Committee Chairman John Hines says that’s because the bill would cost the state too much money.

“It showed a loss to the state of originally several million dollars,” says Hines. “So we had worked on it the whole time as  being revenue neutral, and with the thoughts this year that our income is going to be down in the future there is a lot of concern about reducing the coal income which is one of our major sources of income.”

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7:18 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

Wyoming coal may be shipped overseas

A recently signed deal and another in negotiation will allow some Powder River Basin coal to be shipped
to overseas customers through the Gulf Coast and possibly East Coast ports.
     The Casper Star-Tribune ( ) reports St.
Louis-based Arch Coal, which owns a number of Powder River Basin
coal mines, has signed a deal with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP
to ship coal from the company's mines to customers in Europe and
elsewhere from the Gulf Coast. The announcement came in Arch's
annual report released Friday.

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5:28 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Colo. company to buy Chevron's Kemmerer coal mine

A Colorado company has announced a $193 million deal to buy a coal mine in western Wyoming from Chevron
Mining Inc.

Chevron has been getting out of the coal industry and the Kemmerer mine is among its last coal assets. The  mine produces 4.7 million tons of coal a year.

The buyer is Englewood, Colo.-based Westmoreland Coal Co. The deal announced Tuesday includes a purchase price of $179 million plus $14 million in working capital.

6:58 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

New EPA Regs May Impact Wyoming Coal


The nation's coal- and oil-fired power plants, will be forced to reduce their emissions orshut down, under a federal regulation released by the Environmental Protection Agency today/Wednesday. 

The Powder River Basin Resource Council’s Shannon Anderson doubts any Wyoming plant will go out of operation, but she says several need to clean their emissions.

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