Montana

Cloud Peak Energy

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. 

(Matthew Brown/Associated Press)

A Navajo tribal company has reached an agreement that would allow the federal government to enforce environmental laws at two coal mines in Wyoming and one in Montana.

Cloud Peak Energy

Montana officials say a Navajo Nation company may continue operating a coal mine for two more months amid negotiations over the terms of a state permit. 

me.smenet.org

A Navajo Nation company says it will retain 1,200 employees at three coal mines in Wyoming and Montana that it bought through a bankruptcy auction. The announcement Thursday came a day after a federal judge gave final approval for the transfer of the mines from bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy to the Navajo Transitional Energy Company.

theenergymix.com

Montana environmental officials are proposing approval of a major expansion of the state's largest coal mine after it was recently sold through a bankruptcy auction to a Navajo company.