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To Mine Or Not To Mine? Is That The Question?

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As part of a series of listening sessions held across the country, representatives from the Bureau of Land Management recently came to Gillette, Wyo., to meet with residents about the agency's federal coal program. The meeting quickly turned into an impassioned discussion about the future of the coal industry. Janice Schneider, with the Department of the Interior, said the agency was looking for comments on “how the Bureau of Land Management can best manage its coal resources." The other issue was whether or not the BLM should charge coal companies higher royalties for coal mined on federal land. Independent studies have found that coal companies may not be charged enough for federal coal. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming Town Built On Coal Contemplates Its Future

Miner Kent Parrish stands in a coal shovel at a roadside viewing platform for the Eagle Butte coal mine outside of Gillette, Wyoming.

While the coal industry in other parts of the country has fallen on hard times, the mines of the Powder River Basin, in Wyoming and Montana, have been left largely unscathed. Even with new regulations that could put a dent in coal production from the region, the towns that depend on it aren't given up on their black gold anytime soon. Continue Reading →

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The Clean Power Plan: Colorado, Wyoming And North Dakota

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The Obama Administration announced final rules Monday for its plan to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. While some concessions were made to critics, the final rules actually increase the carbon cuts demanded from states and will have long-lasting impacts on the way power is produced.
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What A Storm 93 Million Miles Away Means For Your Power

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Our most important piece of infrastructure--the grid--is also the most vulnerable to an unpredictable, strange kind of weather. Severe solar storms could knock out power to millions of Americans. And critics say new regulations don't go far enough to protect the grid. Continue Reading →

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Texas Weighs Waste

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Nuclear waste is not popular in any neighborhood. In West Texas, there’s a battle underway over a plan to create a above ground storage facility for high level waste. Its a bigger problem than West Texas - the nation’s nuclear power plants are quickly running out of room to store the waste. This region has had a long and often contentious relationship with nuclear waste, stretching back to a years-long battle over a planned permanent waste site in the 1980’s and 90’s. Opponents eventually won that fight, but a different site was later built in the Permian Basin. Continue Reading →

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