After waterfowl-rescuing worker is fired, energy company says it is grateful to employees who raise issue of wildlife woes.
Bankruptcy court filing describes years-long process of bleeding the distressed coal company into insolvency.
Energy company says federal law prohibits employees from rescuing birds that land in tainted ponds at gas field.
Former CEO Jeffery Hoops asked a bankruptcy court for $16,500 for a private flight, $212,800 for rent owed by him to him and many larger sums.
Economies of scale, shifting markets and over-capacity will all play into PRB coal’s fate, analysts say.