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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Guest opinion: Washington coal port EIS jeopardizes Montana jobs

When the state of Washington announced they were taking the unheard-of step of including Montana mines and transportation networks in the scope of an environmental analysis related to a costal port in Washington, a lot of Montana industries took notice. The move was designed to undermine coa…

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Wyoming coal mine job cuts possible

Alpha Natural Resources' plan to eliminate 230 jobs across the coal-mining company may affect its Wyoming mines, a company representative said Friday.

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Guest opinion: Time to reform federal coal leasing

Guest opinion: Time to reform federal coal leasing

We recently visited with elected leaders, industry officials and concerned citizens from Montana and Wyoming to discuss coal and money. Our message is simple and clear. The federal lease program run by the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management is shortchanging the public budgets i…

September 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Pair of experts say feds are leasing Powder River Basin coal at bargain-basement prices

Pair of experts say feds are leasing Powder River Basin coal at bargain-basement prices

HELENA — The federal government has been underpricing its coal in southeastern Montana’s Powder River Basin for decades, and it’s time to stop the giveaway to the coal industry, a pair of experts said Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 6:00 pm Photos

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DKRW to face meeting on its $1.75B coal-to-gasoline project

The Houston company planning a $1.75 billion coal-to-gasoline plant near Medicine Bow might soon have to justify to a state board recent changes it’s made to plans for the long-delayed project, or face not getting a key permit extension.

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Hearings in Portland, Hermiston on coal exports

Hearings in Portland, Hermiston on coal exports

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of people attended hearings Tuesday in Hermiston and Portland on a proposal for a coal transfer terminal on the Columbia River at Boardman.

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Montana coal mine deal beset by financing problems

Montana coal mine deal beset by financing problems

More signs of problems have emerged with an Australian company's bid to take over a Montana coal mine, as court documents reveal Ambre Energy has been unable to come up with more than $70 million in cash to close on the deal.

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Feds approve 1.4B-ton coal deal with Crow Tribe

Feds approve 1.4B-ton coal deal with Crow Tribe

The U.S. government approved plans by a Montana Indian tribe to lease an estimated 1.4 billion tons of coal to a Wyoming company that’s moving aggressively to increase coal exports to Asia, the company and tribe announced Thursday.

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Oregon coal port gets key draft permit

Oregon coal port gets key draft permit

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — An Australian energy company has cleared a key hurdle for a terminal on the Oregon side of the Columbia River that would ship coal from the Great Plains to Asia.

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Montana considering loan to Australian coal exporter

Montana considering loan to Australian coal exporter

An Australian company seeking to take control of a Montana coal mine and boost exports to Asia is in discussions with state officials about a potential $10 million loan from an economic development trust, representatives of the state and Ambre Energy said Friday.

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Guest opinion: Agriculture could lose out with expanded coal mining, shipping

Montanans are no strangers to conflict over coal.

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Guest opinion: New Northwest ports important for ag exports

Montana exports had a record year in 2012, led by grain. Montana exported over $2.48 billion in high-value grain last year. We’re producing products and commodities that the world wants, and all our communities benefit from the resulting jobs, economic growth, and tax revenue.

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