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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...
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 Advances with Coal Creek Closure, Eyes Black Thunder

Arch Resources will move forward with an accelerated plan to close Coal Creek Mine following a reported $78.5 million loss for the final quarter of 2020, according to a quarterly earnings report released Tuesday...
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...
Haul trucks sit idle at Eagle Butte Mine July 1, 2019, after employees were escorted from the property and the gates locked.

Gunnin’ for Hoops

By Jennifer Kocher and Mark Christensen, Outliers News New county attorney looks to bring charges against former Blackjewel CEO Jeff Hoops New Campbell County Attorney Mitch Damsky is making good on his promise to look into...
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...
Coal Miner holding handful of Coal

Wyoming Loses 14,400 Energy Jobs In November Compared To 2019

By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily (this story originally appeared on Cowboy State Daily) After being hit by both a downturn in the energy industry and economic restrictions imposed by the coronavirus, Wyoming lost 14,400...
Stock photo: Man's hands in gloves holding natural black coal for back.

Pandemic, Low Demand Push 2 Coal Companies to Bankruptcy

By James Marshall, E&E News PM, E&E News Two coal companies filed for bankruptcy restructuring this week in the latest indication that the industry's long-term woes have been intensified by the coronavirus pandemic. Lighthouse Resources Inc., operator...
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...