BARRASSO: New EPA Plan Puts States in the Driver’s Seat

(USA Today, August 21) – The Obama administration abused environmental laws by issuing punishing regulations. It tried to transform the energy sector by declaring war on coal. My home state of Wyoming felt the effects firsthand. Wyoming is America’s leading coal producer. Coal creates good paying jobs, helps communities grow, and provides affordable energy. Under the […]

Ciner Trona Mine Workers to Consider Unionizing

(Rock Springs Rocket-Miner, August 23) – About 300 Ciner Wyoming workers will consider whether to unionize with the United Steelworkers of America Local 13214. Votes will take place 5:30-9:30 a.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and 5:30-9:30 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, United Steelworkers Organizer Bob Gooch said. Gooch said 292 people will be eligible to vote. […]

EPA Head Signs Proposal to Undo Restrictions on Coal Plants

(Wall Street Journal, August 20) – The Trump administration moved to overturn Obama-era environmental rules on power-plant emissions, a long-telegraphed action designed to help coal-burning plants compete with natural gas and other cleaner alternatives as a national energy source. Andrew Wheeler, President Trump’s acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Monday signed a proposal to scrap environmental restrictions on […]

WMA Statement on Clean Power Plan Repeal

Wyoming Mining Association Statement on Clean Power Plan Repeal CHEYENNE – Wyoming Mining Association (WMA) executive director Travis Deti released the following statement regarding the proposed replacement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). “At first glance, the CPP replacement proposal is definitely a step in a much better direction in increasing both […]

WMA Statement on Misleading Political Calls

(Cheyenne) –  Wyoming mining family: We have been notified that an organization calling itself “Wyoming Friends of Coal” has been making political calls around the state attempting to influence the outcome of tomorrow’s Republican Gubernatorial primary.  Please know that this is not a Wyoming group or in any way affiliated with Friends of Coal or […]

GREGG: Don’t Undermine Our Clean Energy Future

(Morning Consult, August 17) – America’s uranium mining industry and its employees are facing unprecedented challenges.  Changes to supply and demand coupled with a growing global economy have tested many mining businesses and diminished their position in the overall market. As a U.S.-based industry that employs hard-working Americans, the uranium mining industry and its challenges deserve […]

Barrasso Aims to Change the Clean Water Act to Give States Less Power to Stop Projects

(Casper Star Tribune, August 17) – Sen. John Barrasso is not pleased with Washington state. Although that is not an unusual position to hold in Wyoming — which is engaged in a legal dispute with the coastal state over coal — what the senator plans to do about his frustration could narrow a unique power […]

Wyoming Mining Rescue Teams Dominate at National Competition

(Associated Press, August 15) – Industries work hard to prevent emergencies, but if a major accident were to happen nearby, Sweetwater County has the best mine rescue teams in the nation ready to respond. Local teams ruled at national competition in Kentucky late last month, perhaps signaling a return to the local tradition of countrywide […]

Wyoming Spring Coal Production Highlights an Unpredictable Basin

(Casper Star Tribune, August 14) – Coal production in Wyoming’s prolific Powder River Basin was full of surprises this spring as production slowed in some mines and shifted up in others, keeping overall losses lower than they could have been. April to June is the shoulder season for coal buyers and, predictably, production in the […]

Report: Carbon Technology Could Support 2,600 Jobs in Wyoming

(Casper Star Tribune, August 13) – Using coal to make graphene, carbon fiber and other products could support 2,600 Wyoming jobs annually, according to a new report from the American Jobs Project. The U.C. Berkeley-based group is a nonpartisan think tank studying job potential in energy transition. From feedstocks to carbon capture, fossil fuels can be […]