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A map of 1 million acres of surface land (in pink) and 4 million mineral acres (in blue) the state's top officials want to buy from Occidental Petroleum. The map was provided to WyoFile by the governor's office.

Three Weeks After Wyo Made Its Bid, ‘Radio Silence’ From Oxy

A map of 1 million acres of surface land (in pink) and 4 million mineral acres (in blue) the state's top officials want to buy from Occidental Petroleum. The map was provided to WyoFile...
The Board of Campbell County Commissioners meet in regards to an unpaid property tax settlement.

County Commissioners Settle on Unpaid Tax Dispute with Energy Companies

The Board of Campbell County Commissioners agreed Monday to approve a property tax settlement agreement between Campbell County, the Campbell County Assessor, Carbon Creek Energy, LLC (CCE) and Powder River Midstream, LLC (PRM). The two...

New Contura CEO a restructuring expert with a $1M salary

A sign greets a skeleton crew of Blackjewel employees who have returned to work at the Belle Ayr mine. (Andrew Graham/WyoFile) By Andrew Graham, WyoFile.com UPDATE: This story was updated on Aug. 5 with the results of...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Capitol Hill (H/t Francis Chung/E&E News)

Democrats Attack Coal Provisions in GOP Relief Bill

By Geof Koss, E&E Daily, E&E News Senate Republicans have retained provisions to streamline permitting for critical mineral projects in their scaled-back COVID-19 proposal expected to see a vote this week, sparking complaints from Democrats...

Judge Approves Contura Bid, Opens the Door to Additional Bidding

At the conclusion of this morning’s hearing into the Stalking-Horse Agreement between Blackjewel and Contura Energy, Judge Frank Volk approved the agreement and expects to sign the official order this afternoon. “It makes good sense...

Governor Candidate Mark Gordon Outlines Energy Policies

Mark Gordon speaks at the Prime Rib during a meet and greet on May 4. (Gillette, Wyo.) Wyoming Treasurer Mark Gordon, Republican candidate for governor, announced an energy platform he said he would pursue as...
Energy Update cover image featuring two oil pump jacks in the snow.

Energy Update for March 5, 2021

Spot Price: PRB Coal Week Ending 2/26/2021 $12.00 / Short Ton Week Ending 2/19/2021 $12.00 / Short Ton (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration) Wyoming Coal Production Week Ending 2/27/2021 4,387 Thousand Short Tons Week Ending 2/29/2020 4,439 Thousand Short Tons Year to Date (2021): 36,119 Thousand...
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Lawmakers Spike Moratorium on Coal Plant Closures

By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile The Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday killed an amendment  requiring the Wyoming Public Service Commission to impose a 15-year moratorium on retiring coal-fired power plants in the state. Several representatives who voted...
A coal seam at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in Campbell County, Wyo. is pictured. (H/t BLM Wyoming/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Antitrust Concerns Loom Over Proposed Merger of Top Miners

By James Marshall, Greenwire, E&E News As the sun sets on coal in the electric power sector, analysts say suppliers will look to consolidate to ride out the industry's decline. That's what the nation's two largest...
The coal-fired electrical Naughton Plant near Kemmerer. (Angus M. Thuermer, Jr./WyoFile)

Old Plants, New Ideas: Who Might Buy a Retired Coal Power Unit?

The coal-fired electrical Naughton Plant near Kemmerer. (Angus M. Thuermer, Jr./WyoFile) By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com   Where utility giant PacifiCorp sees escalating costs and regulatory liability, Wyoming leaders see an opportunity — albeit temporary — to help...