Cloud Peak Energy

Three hundred miners and other workers are being laid off in Montana and Wyoming--including at Navajo operations--as the struggling western U.S. coal industry contends with diminished electricity use during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Montana regulators have reached a deal allowing the state to enforce environmental laws at a large coal mine bought last year by a Navajo-owned company. 

Wyoming, Navajo Coal Company, Agree To Liability Waiver

Feb 14, 2020

Officials in Wyoming have reached an agreement with a Navajo tribal mining firm that would give the state of Wyoming authority to take the company to court to enforce environmental laws at two coal mines.

Navajo Coal Mine Operator Behind On Federal, County Taxes

Jan 24, 2020

Federal officials say the newest operator of three coal mines has fallen behind on federal and county mineral taxes.

(Ryan Dorgan/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says the tribe will not financially back the bonds a tribal energy company needs for a trio of newly acquired coal mines off the reservation. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company recently bought Montana's largest coal mine and two others in Wyoming at auction after Cloud Peak Energy declared bankruptcy.