Companies mining Powder River Basin coal prefer the status quo over new restrictions. For greens, the plan is a disappointment.
Wyoming regulators ask Alpha Natural Resources Inc. to prove it can pay for coal mining reclamation if the company has financial trouble.
Environmental advocates and states are scrutinizing coal mining company financial reports to determine whether they have enough money to fund reclamation.
Teaser: Environmental groups urge the Interior Department to heed the threat of climate change when finalizing a new plan for almost 800,000 acres in Wyoming.
Wyoming’s coal-bed methane boom in the early 2000s stirred controversies over land rights, mineral rights, environmental stewardship, the disposal of water and—at every turn—politics.