The coal industry's dramatic downturn has raised questions about the ability of companies to follow through with promises to return land and water to pre-mining conditions.
Wyoming team recommends Gov. Mead revise greater sage grouse conservation protections, to prohibit drilling in winter concentration areas.
In the case of coal-bed methane, Wyoming officials are left with a large number of small wells at risk of being orphaned. Whereas Wyoming typically deals with about 100 orphaned wells in a typical year, there are now 1,200 orphaned wells.