Lawsuit Challenging National Coal Council Comes to an End after DOE Shutters the Council

Western Grassroots lawsuit results in commitment to improved balance and transparency Thursday, May 19th, the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) represented by Democracy Forward and EarthJustice, voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against the Department of Energy (DOE) following the dissolution of the National Coal Council (NCC) and the establishment of a restructured National Advisory Committee […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter, January – February 2022

January – February 2022, Volume 50, Number 1 Powder River, in partnership with researchers at the University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, has unveiled Wyoming Voices, a pilot project looking at how storytelling may support communities in transition. Through this process, eight participants from Southwest Wyoming not only told their personal […]

Powder River Releases Wyoming Voices Storytelling Project

The Powder River Basin Resource Council (Powder River), in partnership with researchers at the University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, has unveiled Wyoming Voices, a pilot project looking at how storytelling may support communities in transition. Through this process, eight participants from Southwest Wyoming not only told their personal stories of […]

Powder River Breaks Newsletter November – December 2021

November-December 2021, Volume 49, Number 6 For the second year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Powder River held the Annual Meeting online via Zoom on Nov. 5 – 6. Unlike last year when we decided to forego the speaker and hold only the business meeting, we brought back the keynote speaker event. On the evening […]

Conservation Organizations’ Statement on EPA’s Decision on Jim Bridger Coal Plant

Powder River Basin Resource Council, National Parks Conservation Association, and Sierra Club welcomed a decision from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing to deny a change to a long-standing pollution control plan for the Jim Bridger coal plant in Wyoming. Wyoming and the utility that operates the plant, PacifiCorp (or, Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Power), […]

BLM’s Coal Program Review Lacks Solutions

In response to the BLM’s comment summary report on the federal coal program review released in late December, western grassroots organizations voice the need for prompt and long overdue action to improve the process of federal coal leasing and mining beyond just the acknowledgement of a broken system. Bob LeResche, a Board Member of Powder […]

Powder River’s 2021 Annual Report

This is Powder River Basin Resource Council’s 2021 Annual Report. To read the full report, please download the PDF.

Powder River Breaks Newsletter September-October 2021

September – October 2021, Volume 49, Number 5 On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 – 6, Powder River will host its 49th Annual Meeting online. This year’s theme, Reimagining Wyoming: Buffalo, Sustainability & Transformation, will explore how buffalo can be part of the solution as the state adapts to a rapidly changing economy. Jason Baldes, […]

Western conservation group pushes ahead with lawsuit against secretive National Coal Council

On Wednesday, the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), represented by Democracy Forward and Earthjustice Senior Attorney Shiloh Hernandez, pressed ahead with its lawsuit challenging the National Coal Council’s (NCC) refusal to allow public access to its work during the Trump administration in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). In Wednesday’s filing, WORC […]

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 […]