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 By Greg Johnson    News    May 6, 2021

ITC in Gillette chosen for $52M CO2 capture project

GILLETTE – Less than two weeks removed from announcing the winners of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize, the Integrated Test Center is at the center of another large, high-profile carbon capture project. Gov. Mark Gordon announced Friday afternoon that...

 By Greg Johnson    News    April 22, 2021

Carbon XPrize winners announced

GILLETTE – A pair of projects that promise to revolutionize the construction industry while helping solve the world’s carbon dioxide emissions problem has won the top awards in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize. CarbonBuilt, a team from UCLA led by...

 By Greg Johnson    News    December 31, 2020

Peabody reaches deal with creditors

GILLETTE — In a move that could potentially stave off a second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in five years for Peabody Energy Corp., the company has announced an agreement with its creditors to refinance $459 million of debt. The agreement, made in a...


Powder River Basin on pace to produce less than 200 million tons of coal

GILLETTE — Under the right circumstances, carbon under pressure produces diamonds. But the intense pressure from multiple fronts now squeezing Powder River Basin coal is crushing the industry. Already struggling with weakening demand for U.S....

 By Greg Johnson    News    September 3, 2020

NTEC lays off 80 previously furloughed Antelope mine workers

GILLETTE — When he got the call Thursday, Aaron McAllister was hopeful he’d be going back to work nearly three months after being furloughed from the Antelope coal mine. Instead, he got his severance package with the news that furloughs for...

 By Greg Johnson    News    June 25, 2020

Legislator defends councilman who resigned

GILLETTE — Former Gillette City Councilman Shay Lundvall isn’t the only elected official to express support for a group of social media posts that prompted Mayor Louise Carter-King and the rest of the council to ask for his resignation last...

 By Greg Johnson    News    January 30, 2020

Plea agreement reached in case of student planning school attack

GILLETTE — A former Sage Valley Junior High School student who took two handguns to school and expressed an intent to shoot other students and a teacher won’t spend the rest of his life in an adult prison. Dale Warner, 15, pleaded guilty to a...

 By Greg Johnson    News    October 31, 2019

First research project on ground at ITC

GILLETTE — To a casual passerby, the 109,000 square feet of flat, even crushed red stone is a big empty space. To Dave Gribble, the large research pad at the Integrated Test Center represents even larger potential. “I think [the ITC] has a lot...


Second potential buyer emerges for Contura mines

GILLETTE — In a span of less than 36 hours, hundreds of former Wyoming Blackjewel LLC coal miners have gone from wondering if the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines would ever reopen to wondering who they may be working for when they reopen. Two...

 By Greg Johnson    News    July 4, 2019

Blackjewel closes two mines, nearly 600 out of work

GILLETTE — Nearly 600 workers at Blackjewel LLC’s coal mines in Campbell County are suddenly out of work after the company abruptly closed its Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines Monday afternoon. The move came just hours after the company had filed...

 By Greg Johnson    News    July 4, 2019

Blackjewel CEO out, court grants emergency financing

GILLETTE — Blackjewel LLC President and CEO Jeffrey Hoops Sr. will resign as a condition of a federal bankruptcy court’s order granting $5 million in emergency financing to pay for security and other maintenance at the company’s properties as...

 By Greg Johnson    News    May 23, 2019

Wyoming Energy Authority taking shape

GILLETTE — The state is moving to merge the Wyoming Infrastructure and Pipeline authorities into a single Wyoming Energy Authority, and lawmakers want to make sure doing so won’t lose any of the expertise held by the former organizations....

 By Greg Johnson    News    May 16, 2019

Cloud Peak files for bankruptcy

GILLETTE — Cloud Peak Energy’s bankruptcy filing Friday afternoon may be the beginning of the end for the Gillette-based coal producer. Unlike previous Powder River Basin coal bankruptcies, Cloud Peak seems to be looking to shed debt and sell...

 By Greg Johnson    News    March 7, 2019

Bill allowing coal terminal lawsuit sends message, legislator says

GILLETTE — Giving the Wyoming Legislature’s Management Council authority to take independent legal action over Washington State’s efforts to kill a coal export terminal project sends a message more than it threatens a lawsuit. That’s what...


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