Court ruling increases the likelihood that mine closures in the PRB will happen under the ownership of smaller, more opaque, less financially stable owners, experts say.
Coal communities in Wyoming and Appalachia are vital revenue engines for their rural regions, and they both face major downturns with little time to adjust. A new project investigates what the regions can learn from one another.
With only three months to work and a host of complex aims, the Select Committee on Coal/Mineral Bankruptcies rose to the challenge.
As a week of budget amending wrapped up, the House and Senate took opposite positions on a $500,000 appropriation to help the next round of laid-off coal miners or other workers.
The report, by the Western Organization of Resource Councils, suggests declining coal markets could overwhelm regulatory system. State regulators disagree.