Blackjewel miners waiting to return to their old jobs lose health insurance and certainty; the bankrupt company cites delay in the sale of two mines to Contura Energy as reason for ending coverage.
Coal companies are maneuvering in bankruptcy courts not to pay taxes, and state officials’ pattern of failing to help Campbell County collect makes it easy.
Sale of Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines to the unproven Blackjewel LLC. underscores the need to protect taxpayers from reclamation costs.
Trump, surrounded by miners, lifted a moratorium on federal coal leasing Tuesday