Now the question becomes how far the Legislature should and will go to protect Wyoming against upheaval in its longtime king industries — oil, gas and coal.
The Attorney General’s office says it doesn’t have authority to help counties pursue back taxes. Legislators hope they “don’t have to hear that answer again.”
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.
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.
Conservationists say rules have been changed, deadlines moved, bargaining options unfairly limited.