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Economic growth shows signs of slowing

CASPER — Wyoming’s economic growth has started to show subtle signs of slowing, a new quarterly report published by the state’s Economic Analysis Division shows. Though statewide employment rates have remained strong, increasing by 1.3 percent... Full story

 

Blackjewel mine sale closes, some employees called back to work

CASPER — The sale of two Powder River Basin coal mines owned by bankrupt operator Blackjewel closed Friday, leading the new owner to begin mobilizing furloughed employees after nearly four months of limited communication. The closure of the sale... Full story

 

Blackjewel reopening possibly delayed by permit snag

CASPER — A protracted fight to return two Powder River Basin coal mines to full operation after its owner Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy hit another snag in court Wednesday. The required transfer of mining permits and associated cleanup... Full story

 

Gordon predicts more budget cuts

CASPER — With a month until his administration releases its first budget, Gov. Mark Gordon said all ideas to trim spending are on the table in 2020, explaining that Wyoming appears to be entering “a new period” in its history as the outlook... Full story

 

Blackjewel under investigation for fraud

CASPER — The unprecedented bankruptcy case involving coal operator Blackjewel showed signs of resolution last week when a federal judge approved the sale of two Wyoming coal mines to a new company called Eagle Specialty Materials. But a court... Full story

 

Clean Water change pleases farmers, concerns environmentalists

CASPER — The Trump administration forged ahead on its 2017 promise to rollback regulations under the Clean Water Act this month, stripping away a rule that expanded federal protections to smaller streams and wetlands. The announcement was met with... Full story

 

Predicted coal production number fall

CASPER — The country’s energy data center tempered forecasts for Western coal production as demand for the mineral declines nationwide and market uncertainty persists, according to a new report released last week by the Energy Information... Full story

 

Court approves end to Blackjewel insurance

CASPER — Hundreds of out-of-work coal miners across the country lost their health care Saturday, after bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel received court approval to terminate its health insurance program. The employment-based insurance covered some... Full story

 

Study says oil, gas development disrupts deer eating habits

CASPER — Oil and gas development throughout Wyoming’s sagebrush habitats may be affecting mule deer well beyond the perimeters of a well pad, a new study by University of Wyoming researchers found. For each acre of mule deer habitat overtaken by... Full story

 

Federal royalty rule challenged in Wyoming courts

CASPER (WNE) — A rule requiring energy companies to pay full royalties on minerals extracted from public land will come under scrutiny again in Wyoming courts, after industry groups filed a lawsuit last month against the Interior Department over th... Full story

 
 By Camille Erickson    News    July 11, 2019

Cloud Peak, facing own problems, hires some Blackjewel miners

CASPER — As coal operator Blackjewel LLC went to battle in bankruptcy court last week, another Powder River Basin company quietly contended with its own financial troubles. Cloud Peak Energy filed for bankruptcy in May and is one of six coal... Full story

 
 By Camille Erickson    News    July 4, 2019

Blackjewel seeks funding to reopen Campbell Co. Mines

CASPER — Bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel continues to seek additional funding to reopen its two shuttered coal mines in Campbell County, company lawyers said during a weekend bankruptcy hearing. The company will present a new financial package to... Full story

 

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