Wyoming coal leases linger, coal firm asks for more time
By Associated Press
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - There are pending applications to lease nearly 1 billion tons (907 million metric tons) of coal in Wyoming.
But that's not because the federal agency tasked with performing environmental analysis is moving slow. Rather, the Casper Star-Tribune reports it's because coal companies are holding back.
For instance, Cloud Peak Energy recently asked the Bureau of Land Management for a pause on one of its proposed expansion at the Antelope Coal mine. And Peabody Energy, which operates the North Antelope Rochelle mine outside Wright, recently withdrew existing leases at its Rawhide and Caballo mines.
President Donald Trump has been lifting Obama-era regulations, but lower demand for Wyoming coal has all but stalled the drive for new leases.
Wyoming receives half of federal coal lease revenue, which it uses for K-12 schools.