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.
Alpha Natural Resources
Losses continue to mount among Powder River Basin coal producers, signaling a potential shakeup in an industry that supports some 17,000 jobs in the state.
Powder River Basin mines must dig deeper each year, adding to the cost of mining a ton of coal and shrinking operating margins.
Wendy Lowe of the Wyoming Coal Information Committee responds to a column by Bob LeResche regarding coal mine reclamation.
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.