Our miners, communities and lands are threatened by disreputable out-of-state operators swooping into our troubled coal industry, columnist says.
The Land Quality Advisory Board will reconsider strong coal reclamation bonding regulations June 27. This time they need to accept them argues Bob LeResche.
Sale of Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines to the unproven Blackjewel LLC. underscores the need to protect taxpayers from reclamation costs.
Columnist Bob LeResche says Peabody Energy must be required to post surety bonds so taxpayers are not stuck with costs of reclaiming its Wyoming strip mines.
Industry’s efforts to reclaim coal mines has lagged for decades, and now that their financial health is weakening, it’s problem coming home to roost in Wyoming.