HELENA — The Bullock administration Friday unveiled five options for how Montana can meet proposed federal rules to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions — and none includes shutting down or curtailing existing coal-fired power plants.
CASPER, Wyo. — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said this week he intends to draft legislation halting coal leasing on federal lands after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management rejected his call for a leasing moratorium.
Sponsors of a proposed railroad that would open Montana’s huge coal reserves to new mining must turn over documents about the project’s economics to a conservation group that’s opposed to the line, according to a Wednesday decision by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.
Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.
CASPER, Wyo. — Cloud Peak Energy lowered its production estimates for this year on Tuesday, citing August rains and congested rail service.
A tape measure shows this narrow crack is around 22 feet deep.
One of two massive P&H 2300 shovels at the Spring Creek Mine loads a truck with 250 tons of coal. The shovel has a 40-yard bucket, and the truck holds 130 yards of coal.
Tom Phillips, Plant Lead at the Spring Creek Mine, monitors equipment as railroad cars are filled with coal.
Antelope run across reclaimed mining land on the Spring Creek Mine.
Railroad cars are filled with coal at the Spring Creek Mine.
Coal mining in the Spring Creek Mine.
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.
Rick Curtsinger from the Spring Creek mine leads a tour on a coal seam.
A dragline works to remove the dirt on top of a coal seam in the Spring Creek mine. The 65-yard bucket can dig 1,000 buckets every 24 hours.
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.
A Spring Creek Mine truck hauls 250 tons of coal from the mine to an on-site transfer station.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon state regulators rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.
Traffic congestion due to trains is already a problem for Billings.
More underground coal mining in Yellowstone County last year by Signal Peak Energy, which operates the Bull Mountain Mine south of Roundup, will mean more tax dollars for the county.