Wyoming is set to lose another $1.5 million in Abandoned Mine Land funds, this time due to the impending federal "sequestration" set to begin March 1 — the drastic fiscal-pact struck just a couple of months ago that was supposed to compel partisan politicians in Washington D.C. to finally agree on a budget direction.
Office of Surface Mining
Wyoming has been successful in mitigating abandoned coal mine problems, but it continues to receive large amounts of funding from the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund. That money has been spent on a variety of non-mine projects, from infrastructure to research.
Ken Salazar signed an order to fold the Office of Surface Mining into the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, sparking criticism that the move could degrade oversight of surface mining.