Public Radio feature’s Samuel Western on Wyoming’s slip on AML funds

Wyoming Public Radio news director Bob Beck recently sat down with journalist Samuel Western to visit with him about his recent WyoFile reporting on our state’s feast or famine relationship with the Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Fund.

Samuel Western

Click here for a link to the Wyoming Public Radio interview (approximately 7 minutes in duration) recently featured in WPR’s weekly “Open Spaces” program.

An excerpt:

“This AML situation puts our Washington-based delegation in a tough position because, historically, a Washington delegation has been appreciated for what they bring back to a state or funds that they protect for a state. And so here is our Congress who is liberating funds from the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fund, and it’s really, it’s the Sens. Enzi and Barrasso and Rep. Lummis’ job to protect that. But, I think the political reality is; that is low-hanging fruit, and Congress is going to take that when they think they need to.” — Samuel Western

Click here for the full Wyoming Public Radio interview.

For more on this subject, read these WyoFile features on AML Fund issues:

— “Feds can restrict flow of mineral revenue to Wyoming,” by Samuel Western, Sept. 25, 2012

— “Wyoming’s AML revenue stream slowing to a trickle,” by Samuel Western, April 17, 2012

Dustin Bleizeffer is a Report for America Corps member covering energy and climate at WyoFile. He has worked as a coal miner, an oilfield mechanic, and for 25 years as a statewide reporter and editor primarily...

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