Neither Cheney, Enzi nor Barrasso have backed measures that would let Kemmerer miners and retirees keep health insurance benefits after coal bankruptcy.
Buffeted by economic forces beyond their control, union members fight payouts for mid-level managers while seeking to save their pensions and health care.
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.
Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest private-sector coal producer, and one of Wyoming’s largest producers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, ending months of speculation about the company's future.
Wyoming struck a deal with bankrupt miner Arch Coal, hoping to secure $17 million in collateral and $75 million in creditor priority on the company’s $485 million reclamation bonding obligation.