New Coal Firm Signs Agreement with Federal Government

(Casper Star Tribune, February 26) – A Navajo Nation-based coal operator reached an agreement with the U.S. government on Saturday, giving federal regulators the authority to enforce environmental laws at a former mining site in Tennessee. As a tribal entity established under Navajo Nation law, Navajo Transitional Energy Company, or NTEC, has the right to […]

Navajo Company Keeps 1,200 Workers After Buying 3 Coal Mines

(Associated Press, October 3) – A Navajo Nation company says it will retain 1,200 employees at three coal mines in Wyoming and Montana that it bought through a bankruptcy auction The announcement Thursday came a day after a federal judge gave final approval for the transfer of the mines from bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy to […]

Republican Lawmakers Call for Measures to Spur New US Uranium Mining

(Mining.Com, October 1) – Republican U.S. lawmakers this week urged President Donald Trump’s administration to ease restrictions on uranium mining on federal lands, as a Cabinet-level committee prepares recommendations this month for boosting domestic nuclear fuel production “We strongly encourage you to make improved access to federal lands with high-grade uranium deposits a top priority,” […]

Sale of Cloud Peak’s PRB Mines to NTEC is Final

(Gillette News Record, October 3) – While much of the Powder River Basin’s coal industry was monitoring a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing in West Virginia on Wednesday, another bankruptcy court was quietly approving the sale of Cloud Peak Energy’s three active Powder River Basin coal mines to Navajo Transitional Energy Judge Kevin Gross of the […]

Federal Court Approves Sale of Blackjewel Mines to FM Coal

(Casper Star Tribune, October 2) – A pair of idling Wyoming coal mines found a new owner Wednesday, when a federal judge approved the sale of mines owned by bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel to Eagle Specialty Materials, an affiliate of FM Coal.  The court’s endorsement clears the path for the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr […]

Amid Skepticism from Navajo Nation, Study Deems Cloud Peak Coal Mines Purchase ‘Prudent’

(Casper Star Tribune, September 28) – Of the dozen coal mines peppered throughout Wyoming’s mineral-laden Powder River Basin, a majority have undergone changes in ownership throughout the years, often as a result of companies sliding in and out of bankruptcy This year was no exception. A handful of new coal operators have descended on the […]

SHELLENBERGER: Unreliable Nature of Solar and Wind Makes Electricity More Expensive, New Study Finds

– (Forbes, April 22) – Solar panels and wind turbines are making electricity significantly more expensive, a major new study by a team of economists from the University of Chicago finds. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) “significantly increase average retail electricity prices, with prices increasing by 11% (1.3 cents per kWh) seven years after the policy’s […]

BERNSTEIN: When the Electricity Market Is the Problem

(Morning Consult, April 24) – “Allow the market to work” has been the catchphrase rebuttal whenever it’s suggested that the accelerating loss of America’s baseload, fuel-secure power plants threatens power grid reliability. Renewable and natural gas advocates have sung it from the rooftops. What their dismissal assumes — what their unshakeable faith in the market […]

US Coal Producer Ramaco Wins Important Legal Victory in Wyoming

(S&P Global, April 23) – Coal producer Ramaco has won an important legal victory in Wyoming after a Wyoming District Court judge ruled that the company’s proposed Brook Mining mine be allowed to extract coal beneath surface land near Sheridan. The surface land is owned by Big Horn Coal, a subsidiary of Utah-based coal mining […]

Peninsula Energy Shares Surge on Securing Permit to Mine Amendment Approval for Lance Projects

(Proactive Investors, March 21) – Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX:PEN) has achieved a major milestone in the regulatory approval process for the use of low pH solutions at the Lance Uranium Projects in Wyoming. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Strata Energy Inc, has received formal approval from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) of the Permit to […]