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Arch Coal's Black Thunder mine in southern Campbell County commenced operations in 1977. Arch Coal shed $5 billion in debt before emerging from bankruptcy in 2016, making it one of the most financially resilient mine operators in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. (Dustin Bleizeffer)

Arch Exit Signals Next Phase of Decline for Wyo Coal

By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile Wyoming’s second largest coal company confirmed last week what many miners and residents had feared: It will prepare to close its mines in the state even as it looks for a buyer...
The Black Thunder coal mine in Wyoming is one of the nation's largest sources of coal. Arch Resources, its owner, is moving away from thermal coal production. (H/t Jeremy Buckingham/Flickr)

Coal Production Slashed At Powerhouse Mine

By Benjamin Storrow, Climatewire, E&E News Analysts have long predicted coal mines in the Powder River Basin would need to close. But few would have singled out Black Thunder as the mine to take the hit. Black Thunder...
NARM - courtesy Peabody

Analyst: Peabody’s Financial Outlook Points to Exit From Wyo Coal

By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile Despite a permanently shrinking U.S. thermal coal market, Peabody Energy plans to secure its position in Wyoming as the largest, lowest-cost producer, it says. That message comes as the state’s second largest...
President-Elect Joe Biden (jlhervas/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Biden’s Oil Plan: The Good, the Bad and the Illegal

By Heather Richards, Energywire, E&E News An overhaul of the federal oil and gas program didn't make it into President-elect Joe Biden's transition priorities listed on his website Sunday after he was declared the winner of...
Peabody Energy Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri (Courtesy of Paul Sableman/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Insurer Sues Peabody for Mine Reclamation Collateral

By James Marshall, Greenwire, E&E News An insurance company sued Peabody Energy Corp. last week because the multinational coal operator hasn't provided collateral for bonds meant to secure mine reclamation. Argonaut Insurance Co. has issued about $203...
Oil and Gas Drilling Rig Operating (H/t Bureau of Land Management)

Peak Coal and Gas? It’s Happened Already, Report Says

By Miranda Willson, Energywire, E&E News Electricity-sector emissions and coal and gas use at power plants have already peaked because of the pandemic and will not return to their pre-COVID-19 levels, according to a report released yesterday. Yet...
Peabody Energy Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri (Courtesy of Thomas Hawk, Creative Commons)

Peabody, Insurers Reach ‘First of its Kind’ Reclamation Deal

By James Marshall, Climatewire, E&E News Peabody Energy Corp. announced an agreement with insurers that guarantee mine reclamation today after a bond provider asked for collateral due to the coal company's "deteriorating" financial condition. Argonaut Insurance Co....
President Trump at Podium. (H/t Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Biden Stumbles, Endangering Climate Action

By Adam Aton and Scott Waldman, Climatewire, E&E News Democrats dreamed that the 2020 election would deliver them a broad mandate to kick-start decarbonization across every sector of the economy. They woke up this morning with smaller hopes. Though...

State’s Revenues ‘Deeply Concerning,’ Gov. Gordon Says

Governor Mark Gordon urged legislators Monday to work with him to lower state spending after a newly published report predicted ongoing revenue deficits for the state’s oil, natural gas and coal industries. Managing the state’s...
A coal seam at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in Campbell County, Wyo. is pictured. (H/t BLM Wyoming/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Interior Finalizes Rule Easing Off Coal Oversight

By James Marshall, E&E News PM, E&E News The Interior Department finalized a rule today that could curb oversight of state coal mine regulators. Ten-day notices are a key enforcement tool the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation...