National Coal Council Under Intense Scrutiny

Western Grassroots Groups Urge Termination or Restructuring of DOE Advisory Group A letter from members of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) details a highly inappropriate relationship between the National Coal Council, a federal advisory committee, and its corporate alter ego, National Coal Council, Inc. WORC urges Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm to scrutinize and […]

Powder River Statement on Interior Federal Coal Program Review

“Review of the federal coal program is sorely needed and long overdue. As the coal market continues its decline, the American public, mining states, and coal communities deserve a fair return from federal coal. Leasing should match real market demand and minimize impacts on our air, land, water, and agriculture and to other economic activity […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter July-August 2021

July – August 2021, Volume 49, Number 4 Powder River is excited to announce the launch of our new campaign to protect Wyoming ratepayers and promote a just transition from higher-cost coal generation to lower-cost renewable energy. Our new project, the Wyoming Association of Ratepayers, supports affordable, reliable, equitable, and environmentally responsible electricity. We stand […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter May – June 2021

May – June 2021, Volume 49, Number 3 Regenerative agriculture, a management system for ranchers built on following nature’s lead, is rapidly gaining attention. The system embodies the critical role that livestock producers can play in reviving depleted soils being rapidly lost to desertification. The practices increase soil health, water retention, and sequestration of carbon […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter March – April 2021

March – April 2021, Volume 49, Number 2 Wyoming’s dependence on coal means that the entire economy is in transition as markets shift to cheaper and cleaner sources of energy. Finding grassroots solutions to this reality has been Powder River Basin Resource Council’s work for some time. Last spring, we launched our Reclaiming and Growing […]

Reclaiming & Growing Wyoming’s Future webinar series continues May 18

Tools for Tough Times During Wyoming’s Energy Transition On Tuesday, May 18 Powder River Basin Resource Council will continue its spring webinar series, Reclaiming & Growing Wyoming’s Future, by helping families changing jobs and careers become more aware of the tools and resources available to them, including the benefits of being proactive about family finances […]

Powder River Statement on Arch’s Plans for PRB Mines

“Arch Resources has reaffirmed their commitment to closing their coal mines in the Powder River Basin. The company plans to end production at Coal Creek by the end of the year and is also working to reduce operations at Black Thunder. We again call on the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to review the […]

Reclaiming & Growing Wyoming’s Future webinar series starts April 27

Family Resources for a Changing Wyoming Workforce On Tuesday, April 27 Powder River Basin Resource Council will kick off its spring webinar series, Reclaiming & Growing Wyoming’s Future, exploring the resources available to Wyoming families in order to make the changing workforce easier to navigate. Speakers will share the many resources and opportunities available for […]

Powder River Statement on Coal Creek Mine Closure Announcement

In response to Arch Resources’ announcement to close the Coal Creek Mine, Powder River Basin Resource Council’s Chair Marcia Westkott had this statement: “We remain concerned that the reclamation plan is not aligned with the closure date of the mine, and we call on our regulators to ensure timely and effective reclamation at the mine. […]

Lessons from History: Wyoming’s 30 Years of Failed Coal Upgrading Projects

This report traces the state’s legacy of coal upgrading projects from the 1980s to the present. The Resource Council researched sixteen different public and private projects that were attempted during the past thirty years and found that only one successfully created a marketable product. The report offers the fifteen failed projects as evidence that the […]