Cheyenne Republican introduces legislation to increase coal taxes if federal Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Program expires.
Congress has recently acted to send a big pile of money from the Abandoned Mine Land fund to Wyoming. Now we have to think about actually using this money for the purpose for which it is collected.
The Interior Department is considering withdrawing up to 10 million acres in six states from new hardrock mining claims to protect and restore greater sage grouse habitat.
Environmental advocates and states are scrutinizing coal mining company financial reports to determine whether they have enough money to fund reclamation.
The challenge of reseeding and general surface reclamation in this arid environment can be a major roadblock for energy development in Wyoming. Thousands of acres of surface are scraped bare and otherwise disturbed for drilling locations for oil and natural gas, and Wyoming's coal mining industry strips so much of the surface you can see it from space.