Reclaim Wyoming: Prioritize Coal Mine Reclamation

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Wyoming’s coal mining legacy dates back to the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1897.1 The state is home to some of the largest coal mines on earth, including the top eight active U.S. mines. Combined, Wyoming mines account for 41% of coal production in the U.S., about the same as the next seven […]

GAO Report on Coal Mine Self-Bonding March 2018

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Coal accounts for 17 percent of domestic energy production. SMCRA requires coal mine operators to reclaim lands that were disturbed during mining and to submit a financial assurance in an amount sufficient to ensure that adequate funds will be available to complete reclamation if the operator does not do so. Recent coal company bankruptcies have […]

Petition to Amend Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Rules on Self-Bonding

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The Resource Council, along with its over 1,000 members throughout the state, advocates for the conservation of Wyoming’s unique land, mineral, water, and clean air resources consistent with responsible use of those resources to sustain the livelihood of present and future generations. Since its founding in 1973, the Resource Council has worked on coal mining […]

WORC Report Finds Coal Self-Bonding Unnecessary and Risky

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April 5, 2018 The practice of self-bonding at coal mines could be ended today without a significant impact to the coal mining industry. That’s the conclusion of a new report, Now is the Time to End Self-Bonding, which points out that self-bonds in the West have hit a historic low, and that conventional alternatives to […]

Now Is the Time to End Self-Bonding

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In the eight months between August 2015 and April 2016, the three largest coal companies in the United States all filed for bankruptcy: Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural Resources. Between them, they had pledged $2.3 billion of self-bonds in support of mine cleanup, known as “reclamation.” Coal companies are required by law to […]

RENEWyoming: Solar Stories from the Cowboy State

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RENEWyoming was born in response to a growing trend of solar installation in Wyoming. Across the state, more people are installing solar panels than ever before. Wyoming is not alone. Nationally and globally solar cell technology has improved and prices have come down accordingly, spurring an increase in installation. People have a variety of reasons […]

7 Point Plan to Protect Groundwater

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This report recommends that Wyoming implement seven specific actions to protect scarce and dwindling groundwater resources during the unfolding boom in unconventional oil and gas development. To read full report, download the PDF.

Delinquent Mineral Taxes and Budget Deficits: A Case for Reform

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Mineral tax revenue is extremely important to Wyoming counties and schools. Over the course of the past five months, Powder River reached out to treasurers in 12 counties and discovered a $42 million deficit in mineral tax collection. In our recent report, Mineral Tax Delinquency and Budget Deficits, we offered several suggestions that, if followed, […]

The State of the Split Estate

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This December 2010 publication provides a landowners’ perspective on Wyoming’s Split Estate Act, five years after it was passed. It was based on interviews To continue reading, download the following pdf.