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Guest opinion: Obama's EPA, executive orders eroding rule of law

Over the last year, President Barack Obama’s administration has proposed and taken unprecedented, unilateral action beyond its authority outlined in our constitution and laws. These actions threaten the very rule of law upon which our nation was founded.

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Cloud Peak announces a $91 million third-quarter profit

Cloud Peak announces a $91 million third-quarter profit

CASPER, Wyo. — Cloud Peak Energy recorded net income of $91 million in the third quarter of 2014, the company announced Wednesday, capping off a successful three-month period that included the Gillette coal miner selling its share in the Decker Mine and increasing its export capacity.

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Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Cracks in the ground, some deeper than a man’s height, are cropping up on hillsides in the Bull Mountains.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tom Phillips, Plant Lead at the Spring Creek Mine

Tom Phillips, Plant Lead at the Spring Creek Mine

Tom Phillips, Plant Lead at the Spring Creek Mine, monitors equipment as railroad cars are filled with coal.

August 31, 2014 12:15 amLoading…
Antelope run across reclaimed mining land

Antelope run across reclaimed mining land

Antelope run across reclaimed mining land on the Spring Creek Mine.

August 31, 2014 12:15 amLoading…
Railroad cars are filled with coal

Railroad cars are filled with coal

Railroad cars are filled with coal at the Spring Creek Mine.

August 31, 2014 12:15 amLoading…
Railroad cars are filled with coal

Railroad cars are filled with coal

Railroad cars are filled with coal at the Spring Creek mine. The cars hold 120 tons of coal and are loaded in six to eight seconds, then sprayed with water and a binding chemical to reduce dust during their shipment period.

August 31, 2014 12:15 amLoading…
Rick Curtsinger from the Spring Creek Mine

Rick Curtsinger from the Spring Creek Mine

Rick Curtsinger from the Spring Creek mine leads a tour on a coal seam.

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Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

DECKER — The 300-foot dragline juts into southern Montana skyline like an industrial tower, a titan among giant equipment at Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek Mine.

August 31, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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A Spring Creek Mine truck

A Spring Creek Mine truck

A Spring Creek Mine truck hauls 250 tons of coal from the mine to an on-site transfer station.

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A Spring Creek Mine truck

A Spring Creek Mine truck

A Spring Creek Mine truck hauls 250 tons of coal from the mine to an on-site transfer station. The mine near Decker is one of two mines being sold by Ambre Energy to Resource Capital Funds.

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Totem created by Lummi tribe passes through Billings

Totem created by Lummi tribe passes through Billings

Members of the Lummi tribe brought a totem pole to Riverfront Park on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness about a proposed deep-water coal port near the Cherry Point refinery in Washington state.

August 24, 2014 3:33 pm Photos

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Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Montanans are gearing up for the latest round in the coal wars, with industry supporters trying to protect jobs while environmentalists seek a shift to renewable energy.

July 20, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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Wyoming lawmakers plan China trip to talk coal

Wyoming lawmakers plan China trip to talk coal

CASPER, Wyo. — A bipartisan group of Wyoming legislators will travel to China next month to talk to policymakers there about clean-coal technology.

May 22, 2014 7:39 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana should meet world's energy needs

This year’s frigid temperatures have been a stark reminder of the importance of reliable and affordable electricity for families in Montana and across the nation. For many, the electricity that heats homes and keeps the lights on comes from coal produced here in southeast Montana.

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Montana Senators lobby for coal production tax credit revival

Montana Senators lobby for coal production tax credit revival

Montana’s U.S. senators are attempting to revive the Indian coal production tax credit, used by the Crow Nation to promote coal mining on the Crow Indian Reservation.

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Land Board approves Signal Peak coal mine expansion

Land Board approves Signal Peak coal mine expansion

The Montana Land Board unanimously approved the 7,160-acre expansion of Signal Peak's coal mine on Tuesday, a move adding nine years to the mine's life.

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Wyoming coal sale hiatus takes hold in weak market

Wyoming coal sale hiatus takes hold in weak market

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Diminished domestic demand has produced a virtual moratorium on federal coal sales in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, home to the 10 top-producing coal mines in the country.

March 07, 2014 3:29 pmLoading…
Auditor says BLM improperly valued 2 coal leases

Auditor says BLM improperly valued 2 coal leases

Coal sales in Western states are getting more scrutiny from federal lawmakers amid new revelations Friday about officials accepting below-market bids for some coal sales and possibly illegally negotiating with companies over prices.

February 07, 2014 1:49 pmLoading…

Power company Tri-State pitches $10M CO2 X Prize

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A power company is raising money for a $10 million X Prize to spur technology to capture and use carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants.

January 23, 2014 7:12 pmLoading…

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