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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...
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Energy Exposition Celebrates 20 years in Gillette

Gov. Mark Gordon and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney are on the short list of dignitaries speaking at this week’s Energy Exposition. The event is coming home to Gillette for its 20th anniversary, June 26...

WBC Approves Two Campbell County Projects

Two of the three projects the Wyoming Business Council (WBC) voted to move forward at their quarterly board meeting yesterday are Campbell County projects. The board voted to extend a 2017 grant for the development...

Can Mark Gordon save coal (and stop climate change)?

Basin Electric Cooperative's Dry Fork Station, shown here last summer, is the newest coal-fired power plant in the nation. Wyoming's Integrated Test Center is attached to the plant, where researchers hope to come up...
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WY Oil Levels Peak at 25-year High

The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) recently completed the annual updates to the Interactive Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming, which incorporates new wells drilled in the state. And at first glance, it may...