Enzi: GAO Report Proves Coal Helps the Economy

(The Hill, February 5) – Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said Tuesday that a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows his “anti-coal” colleagues that coal is needed to generate federal revenue. “Some of my anti-coal colleagues requested a report on the coal leasing program and when the report showed that each year it adds around $1 billion […]

Solvay to Hike Natural Soda Ash Capacity in the US

(Business Standard, February 4) – Solvay has announced plans to increase its annual production capacity of natural soda ash at its Green Riverplant in Wyoming by 1,50,000 metric tonnes as of early next year, to meet growing demand of its US export markets. “This capacity expansion is an important step in Solvay’s three-year action plan to reinforce its global leadership […]

Mead Optimistic About Coal Research Lab

(Associated Press, January 31) – Gov. Matt Mead is expressing optimism that the Wyoming Legislature will approve his request to build a $15 million coal research laboratory. Mead says Campbell County would be a good place to locate a lab to look for innovative uses and emerging technology for coal. Wyoming is the nation’s leading […]

Study: Carbon Benefits Outweigh Costs by 50-500 Times

(Wyoming Business Report, January 24) – The federal “social cost of carbon” was recently revised to reflect as much as a 60 percent increase, slipped in with regulations changing standby mode power-consumption requirements for new microwaves by 2016. But a group representing coal interests said the social benefits should also be weighed in the interest of […]

Uranerz Toes Starting Line

(Wyoming Business report, January 10) –  Production should commence soon at Uranerz Energy Corporation’s Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium project. The company has cleared most of its plate prior to entering production, including having all permits and approvals in place. Uranerz now just lacks a final pre-operational inspection with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission before it can […]

Uranerz Provides Update on its Nichols Ranch ISR Uranium Project

(Uranerz Energy Corporation, January 9) – Uranerz Energy Corporation is pleased to report that it has completed the infrastructure, electrical hook up and initial testing of two deep disposal wells which are now ready for use at the Nichols Ranch ISR Uranium Project, located in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, U.S.A. The Company is also […]

The Future of Coal: Wyoming’s Boom Fuels Mom-and-Pop Shops

(Wall Street Journal, January 6) – Booming coal production in Wyoming has helped build a business that delivers a different kind of fuel—caffeine. Dave Dorson’s Expresso Lube, where you can eat a plate of crawfish étouffée while you get your oil changed, is in Gillette, Wyoming, just a few miles from some of the most productive […]

BLM, Forest Service Release Draft Sage Grouse Plan for Wyoming

(Casper Star Tribune, December 27) – Two federal agencies endorse Wyoming’s strategy for maintaining sage grouse habitat in a draft report to be released today, setting the stage for a renewed battle over the use of public lands in the Cowboy State. The stakes for Wyoming could hardly be larger. Oil, gas and mining operations are highly reliant […]

UR-Energy Finalizes Purchase of Shirley Basin and Lucky Mc Uranium Mines

(Casper Star Tribune, December 26) – Two old Wyoming uranium mines, mothballed after prices collapsed in the 1990s, could soon be up and running again. Ur-Energy announced this week a $6.6 million deal finalizing the purchase of the Shirley Basin and Lucky Mc mines from the Pathfinder Mining Corp. Production at the mines could begin in three […]

Powder River Basin Coal Mining Lease Upheld by Court

(Bloomberg News, December 24) – The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected a bid by environmental groups to block plans by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to lease federal tracts in the WyomingPowder River Basin for coal mining. Federal regulators properly considered whether more mining by Antelope Coal LLC, a unit of Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (CLD), would affect […]