A conservation group is moving to block Wyoming state regulators from allowing bankrupt coal company Alpha Natural Resources Inc. to continue operating its Eagle Butte mine.
Companies mining Powder River Basin coal prefer the status quo over new restrictions. For greens, the plan is a disappointment.
Wyoming regulators ask Alpha Natural Resources Inc. to prove it can pay for coal mining reclamation if the company has financial trouble.
The industry has for years been laying off workers and idling operations in hard-hit central Appalachia, but such moves have been less common in the West. Western projects
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality did not allow for enough public input before giving an underground coal gasification project preliminary approval to pollute an aquifer, U.S. EPA said late last month.