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Spring Creek Mine

One of two massive P&H 2300 shovels at the Spring Creek Mine

One of two massive P&H 2300 shovels at the 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.

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Coal mining in the Spring Creek Mine

Coal mining in the Spring Creek Mine

Coal mining in the Spring Creek Mine.

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A dragline works

A dragline works

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.

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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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Lawsuits seek to stop work at mines in 3 states

Lawsuits seek to stop work at mines in 3 states

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.

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Cloud Peak starts work on Crow coal reserve

Cloud Peak starts work on Crow coal reserve

A Wyoming coal company plans to begin exploratory drilling this week on a 1.4 billion ton coal reserve on the Crow Indian Reservation.

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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 seeks $3.4M in taxes from Wyoming coal co.

Montana seeks $3.4M in taxes from Wyoming coal co.

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.

October 15, 2013 7:31 am Photos

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Congressional, mayor representatives tour NE Wyoming

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.

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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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Panel moves Cloud Peak coal lease forward

Panel moves Cloud Peak coal lease forward

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.

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Cloud Peak seeks 198M-ton coal lease in Montana

Cloud Peak seeks 198M-ton coal lease in Montana

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.

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Cloud Peak Energy Spring Creek Mine

Cloud Peak Energy Spring Creek Mine

Aerial view of the Cloud Peak Energy Spring Creek Mine near Decker, Mont.

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Lawsuit challenges coal mine approvals in 4 states

Lawsuit challenges coal mine approvals in 4 states

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.

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Environmental group questions UM bureau's objectivity in coal studies

Environmental group questions UM bureau's objectivity in coal studies

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.

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UM study: Expanding state's coal mines would be boon to economy

UM study: Expanding state's coal mines would be boon to economy

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.

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Proposed West Coast coal terminals controversial

Proposed West Coast coal terminals controversial

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 …

September 02, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Cloud Peak, Crow Tribe reach 1.4B ton coal deal

Cloud Peak, Crow Tribe reach 1.4B ton coal deal

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.

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Midwest flooding slowed trains, Wyoming coal exports

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.

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