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Wyoming Leaders Respond To Coal Moratorium

(Wyoming) This morning, the Department of the Interior announced it would be launching a comprehensive review of the federal coal program, halting any new leases on public lands until they can examine environmental and public health concerns. The Executive Director of the Wyoming Mining Association, Jonathan Downing, responded today to the moratorium, and the proposal to raise royalty rates on coal mined from federal land: “This is yet another salvo in the President’s efforts to kill the coal industry. He and his allies in the extreme environmental movement know full well that this measure will make federal coal uneconomical to mine, thereby locking up America’s most abundant and reliable source of electricity generation.” Senator John Barrasso also responded, saying "When rural America says President Obama has contempt for their lives and livelihoods, they mean decisions like today's announcement. A moratorium on federal coal leasing effectively hands a pink slip to the thousands of people in Wyoming and across the West employed in coal production." Senator Mike Enzi then added: "Out west where federal coal is mined, there isn’t a question about the value of this program. I will fight alongside the state of Wyoming and its communities to ensure that one of our state’s most valuable resources is protected." Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis also believes the review will deeply impact the middle class: "...it might score political points with ideologues in Washington, but it’s a terrible, economically-devastating policy for main street Americans." The halt on new coal leases does not affect existing coal production. An interim report by the Interior Department will be published by the end of 2016, but a full review will take up to three years to complete. The study will include sessions with the public. #county17 #dally #buckrail #oilcity #news -- *Brenda Kirk* Community Maven for County17.com brenda@pitchengine.com | 614.940.7121 Twitter | Instagram | Facebook PitchEngine™ | *Connecting Communities*http://pitchengine.com | Twitter | Facebook