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Blackjewel Permit to Remain in Limbo as Mines’ Outlook Worsens

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 The Environmental Quality Council last week voted to delay a decision...

Wyoming and Japan Collaborate on Carbon Solutions

The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA) is once again partnering with Japan to further advance carbon technology. “Global challenges require global solutions,” said Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon in a press release. “Ensuring we advance and perfect technologies that can make our energy resources more efficient, cheaper, and cleaner will require bringing together partners from across the country and around the world. I’m pleased Wyoming can continue to collaborate with Japan in bringing another promising testing project to the Cowboy State.”

Blackjewel’s Unpaid Bills Wrecked Local Businesses, Owners Say

Vern Golay, 63, poses for a photograph in his kitchen. The Gillette resident once owned a small cleaning business with his wife. But Blackjewel’s unpaid bills forced them to fire four workers and close...

Throwing out a Lifeline

Shawna Langdon spent Sunday afternoon shipping pounds of dog food, toilet paper, and boxes of macaroni and cheese to total strangers she’d never met. After hearing that the checks of the Blackjewel miners back...

Hoops Sets Record Straight in Letter to Laid-off Miners

In an effort to “set a little of the record straight,” Blackjewel LLC CEO Jeffrey Hoops laid out the course of events for the past eight days in a July 4 letter to the...
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State Scrambles to Secure Mines, Help Miners as Company Walks

By Andrew Graham, WyoFile Tuesday laid bare the chaos left by Blackjewel LLC’s sudden shuttering of the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines in Campbell County. State officials, caught flat-footed by the capricious move, scrambled to...

Praying for Hope

“As hard as it is right now, we need to pray for Jeff Hoops,” Michelle Young said, her head lowered in prayer. “Because if anyone needs it right now, he does.” The other dozen or...
Haul trucks sit idle at Eagle Butte Mine July 1, 2019, after employees were escorted from the property and the gates locked.

West Virginia Judge Denies Blackjewel’s Emergency Financing Motion

Haul trucks sit idle at Eagle Butte Mine July 1, 2019, after employees were escorted from the property and the gates locked. Early this morning, after more than five-and-a-half hours of testimony, Judge Frank...
Gov. Mark Gordon talks with Mayor Louise Carter-King and County Commission Chairman Rusty Bell before a public meeting July 2, 2019.

State Rallies Around Energy Capital

The Campbell County Commissioner meeting was interrupted today by Gov. Mark Gordon, who came to Gillette today at 1:30 p.m., along with the heads of various agencies to address the immediate needs of those...

Blackjewel Files Bankruptcy

Blackjewel Holdings, LLC, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy July 1 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The order was signed this morning by Blackjewel President and CEO Jeff Hoops. The...