WyoFile has confirmed that a coal miner was killed early this morning at the Black Thunder mine in southern Campbell County. Killed was Jacob Dowdy, age 24, who had worked at the mine for nearly three years.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead will visit several Canadian cities this month to strengthen alliances on potential coal exports and to foster other business ties between Wyoming and Canada. Mead told reporters during a press conference today that the trip is part of a larger effort to increase Wyoming’s business ties with the international community.
Getting Asia hooked on cheaply produced PRB coal would delay the development of more efficient and lower greenhouse gas emission energy resources. From a climate change standpoint, why would the world’s most influential nation encourage developing countries to repeat our own Victorian Age model that built our industrial revolution?
After first trying to delay a hearing before Wyoming regulators to buy more time to modify its construction schedule, Houston-based DKRW Advanced Fuels LLC today formally withdrew its request to modify its plans for the proposed Medicine Bow Fuel & Power coal-to-gasoline plant in Carbon County. That means DKRW is formally out of compliance with its Industrial Siting Council permit, further threatening the company’s ability to secure financing for the project.
Powder River Basin (PRB) coal producers don’t seem to be in a panic. They’re not rushing to the negotiating table with their adversaries, crafting details of a new carbon tax or cap-and-trade bill, or even attempting a major overall of the Clean Air Act to provide long-term certainty for their core operations in America.