This weekend, Cloud Peak's CEO Colin Marshall spoke with FOX news
the Department of the Interior's announcement Friday that granting leases
for coal mining on new federal lands would come to a halt pending
investigations by the EPA.
“We are disappointed that after a robust set of ‘listening sessions’ on the
coal leasing program last summer in which thousands of people across the
West, from working class Americans to governors, very clearly explained how
important the coal leasing program is to their well-being,” Marshall said.
The stoppage on new mines will directly affect the Powder Basin area, as
Cloud Peak was hoping to work two new sites here. Cloud Peak has already
stockpiled billions of tons of coal at existing sites.
"We do not believe this announcement will have any immediate impact on our
operations," said Marshall. "We have strong reserves, including the Youngs
Creek and Big Metal projects which are not impacted by [Friday]’s
announcement, to continue serving our customers.”
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