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.
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The report, by the Western Organization of Resource Councils, suggests declining coal markets could overwhelm regulatory system. State regulators disagree.
Lawyers, academics and coal bankruptcy veterans see red flags as new coal operators entered the state, they said Friday at a UW School of Law conference.
The Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines have a new buyer in a deal approved this week in court. WyoFile unpacks the transaction’s implications for coal country.