Cheyenne Republican introduces legislation to increase coal taxes if federal Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Program expires.
Sale of Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines to the unproven Blackjewel LLC. underscores the need to protect taxpayers from reclamation costs.
Short cuts, subsidies and tax breaks helped create 7,000 jobs in the Powder River Basin. Damage to water, air and land is part of the price borne by the public, too.
Wyoming New Power says it will buy the Campbell County property, requests $100M in tax-exempt bonding to build a waste coal plant.
The state agency reversed course on the application for the controversial project citing "procedural and substantive deficiencies" with the application.