Coal Companies Abandon Future Wyoming Projects

Associated Press

CASPER, Wyo. — Coal companies have abandoned applications to mine nearly 2 billion tons of coal reserves in Wyoming this year.

Peabody Energy withdrew its four-year pursuit of the Antelope Ridge lease in October. The parcel near the North Antelope Rochelle Mine has reserves of 1 billion tons, or roughly a 10-year supply at current production levels.

The move followed a decision by Arch Coal in January to end its quest for a 957 million-ton lease near the Black Thunder Mine.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the actions come as coal companies seek to deal with a downturn in the industry that has prompted three major coal companies to file for bankruptcy this year.

Environmentalists say withdrawing the lease applications is good for the climate.