Spring Creek Mine
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.
Coal mining in the Spring Creek Mine.
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.
Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.
A Wyoming coal company plans to begin exploratory drilling this week on a 1.4 billion ton coal reserve on the Crow Indian Reservation.
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.
HELENA — A Wyoming mining company asked a judge Tuesday to block Montana tax authorities from seeking to collect about $3.4 million the state claims it's owed after the company sold its coal for less than market value to affiliates it partially owns.
SHERIDAN, Wyo. — A delegation of congressional and mayoral representatives from around the United States is touring northeast Wyoming this week to learn about the energy industry.
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.
CASPER, Wyo. — A board comprised of local and federal officials gave a coal lease in southern Montana its seal of approval Wednesday, meaning the lease will soon undergo a public review process.
Federal and state officials will weigh in this week on a Wyoming company's application to lease 198 million tons of coal adjacent to a southeastern Montana mine, amid an emerging debate over whether the government is undervaluing the coal from such projects.
Aerial view of the Cloud Peak Energy Spring Creek Mine near Decker, Mont.
An environmental group seeking to temporarily halt mining at seven coal mines in four states has sued the federal government, saying Thursday the approval of the mines allowed companies to dig up a combined 1.3 billion tons of the fuel across the Rocky Mountain West.
MISSOULA — One of the state’s largest environmental lobbies is questioning a series of coal studies released by the University of Montana, saying the research is too closely tied to industry and lacks independence because of it.
A study commissioned by the Montana Chamber of Commerce and completed by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research found that expanding the state’s coal mines would significantly impact Montana’s economy.
Coal train anxiety rippled down the tracks when proposals for six new export terminals in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia were advanced that would load ships headed for Asia. A new coal-fired power plant comes on-line about once a week in China. Cloud Peak Energy, which operates the …
A Wyoming mining company has reached tentative option agreements to lease and mine an estimated 1.4 billion tons of coal on southeastern Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, in a deal that appears aimed at tapping into the growing export market for a fuel that's in decline domestically.
GILLETTE, Wyo. — Flooding in the Midwest slowed down coal trains and reduced exports from the mines of at least one coal company operating in the Powder River Basin.