By Zak Sonntag
Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange 

Complaints in coal country 

Producers, state leaders frustrated with federal approval process


November 30, 2023

CASPER — Wyoming’s Black Butte Mine in January 2021 applied to add federal coal reserves at its Sweetwater County operations, which supplies the Jim Bridger Power Plant and a sizable share of baseload thermal energy throughout the West. It was a run-of-the-mill application that state regulators expected to be approved smoothly. 

Instead, it has become mired in a nightmarishly tedious approval process that’s brought state leaders to their wits’ end. Concerns at the Black Butte Mine are among a host of recent complaints coming out of coal country, whose collective frustrations this m...

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